About Crown Office Chambers
Type of work undertaken
Crown Office Chambers is one of the foremost sets of chambers specialising in civil common law work. Formed by the merger of One Paper Buildings and Two Crown Office Row, both long-established sets with many leading and highly regarded practitioners, we are now a set of 96 members, including 22 silks. We have high calibre teams of counsel in a number of areas of work, ranging from county court disputes to large and complex litigation, and state-of-the-art facilities.
Type of work
A wide range of common law and commercial work, with particular specialisms in construction; property damage, commercial contracts; insurance and reinsurance; personal injury; health and safety; product liability; professional negligence; and clinical negligence.
Who should apply?
The members of Crown Office Chambers pride themselves on their professionalism, and an astute and business-orientated awareness of the practical needs of solicitors and clients, combined with an approachable and ‘unstuffy’ attitude to their work. We look for the same in our pupils, all of whom are regarded as having strong tenancy potential. Pupils are welcomed as an integral part of chambers from the moment they arrive, and are expected to display the motivation, dedication and intelligence which are the hallmarks of a first-class barrister. Academically, we look for a first or upper second-class honours degree (not necessarily in law), and a flair for the oral and written presentation of complex legal arguments. You will be expected to work hard, and to show strong commitment to your work, but in a friendly and relaxed chambers environment.
Pupils sit with two pupil supervisors in their first six months, and one in their second, but are likely to work with a number of different members of chambers practising in different fields of work over the course of the year. They appear in court regularly during their second six, generally handling applications and small trials in the county courts, affording ample opportunity to develop advocacy skills.
Chambers also organises a series of advocacy training sessions.
When to apply: Apply by February 2019, to begin October 2020.
How to apply
On chambers’ application form, downloadable from chambers’ website.
Up to three 12 month pupillages offered per year, at £65,000 (£55,000 award and £10,000 guaranteed earnings in the second six). Part of the award may be advanced during the BPTC year.
Limited number of mini-pupillages in selected weeks throughout the year. Online application form downloadable from chambers’ website.