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Mariya Peykova

Pupil Barrister

As a pupil you get the opportunity to shadow your supervisors in court and spend a lot of time with them in chambers. At 3PB we are usually allocated three supervisors, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were assigned two this year. During my first six I shared a room with my supervisors, so I had the opportunity to observe how they work and how they organise their day-to-day tasks, as well as how they handle difficult situations. My first seat was in family law, so I spent a lot of time in courts in the region. My second seat was in employment law; sadly this was cut short due to the pandemic, but before lockdown I had the opportunity to shadow my supervisor in the Employment Tribunal and observe some fierce cross-examination! As a first six pupil you are expected mostly to observe and learn; asking questions is key. We are also expected to assist with research and drafting, and undertake assessed written work for other members of chambers. The assessed work takes up 50% of your time in chambers, and the rest is filled with shadowing your supervisor and other members of chambers. in your second six you start undertaking your own cases, while still doing assessed work for other members of chambers. Second six pupils can expect to be in the County Court at least three times a week. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we work, so keeping up with technological advancements is a must. Most of my cases were moved online, so I had to learn how to use Skype/CVP and conduct remote hearings, which is a skill in and of itself. 

3PB recruits through the Pupillage Gateway. Candidates need to apply via the online portal. If they are successful at the paper sift, they are invited for a series of interviews to assess their suitability. I was selected from a pool of candidates after going through first and second round interviews, and a final advocacy assessment which was assessed by a panel of 6. I chose 3PB after observing two of its members in the Kenya Emergency Group Litigation during my time as a Judicial Assistant. I thought their work was of a very high standard, so I decided to apply for pupillage at 3PB.

As a pupil you get the opportunity to shadow your supervisors in court and spend a lot of time with them in chambers. At 3PB we are usually allocated three supervisors, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were assigned two this year. During my first six I shared a room with my supervisors, so I had the opportunity to observe how they work and how they organise their day-to-day tasks, as well as how they handle difficult situations. My first seat was in family law, so I spent a lot of time in courts in the region. My second seat was in employment law; sadly this was cut short due to the pandemic, but before lockdown I had the opportunity to shadow my supervisor in the Employment Tribunal and observe some fierce cross-examination! As a first six pupil you are expected mostly to observe and learn; asking questions is key. We are also expected to assist with research and drafting, and undertake assessed written work for other members of chambers. The assessed work takes up 50% of your time in chambers, and the rest is filled with shadowing your supervisor and other members of chambers.

At 3PB pupils receive a comprehensive package of training; this includes a number of advocacy assessments throughout the year, which are used to mark a pupil’s progression and identify weak areas. Pupils receive feedback after each advocacy assessment, and suggestions on how to improve. Chambers also provides training in other areas which it considers valuable for a barrister, such as training on how to use Microsoft Word and Excel, sessions on protecting your voice, typing courses, and personal safety courses. Pupils also get one-on-one sessions with barristers they’ve completed written work for; this complements the written feedback received from the relevant barrister.

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