Commercial set at the forefront of construction, energy and infrastructure law at the Bar.
Who We Are
Atkin Chambers is a commercial set of Chambers at the forefront of construction, energy and infrastructure law at the Bar. Members are globally renowned for what they do and work on some of the biggest, most complex disputes across the world.
Disputes are extremely varied and include transport, power, shipbuilding and offshore construction, and social infrastructure projects. Wider commercial and professional negligence work is frequently related to such disputes. Around half our work has an international component and from the earliest stage in their careers, members have the opportunity to explore an international dimension to their practice.
Clients rely on barristers at Atkin to provide commercially-focused advice to ensure the right solutions and the best possible outcomes to their disputes.
Moreover, our members are advocates. They regularly appear in the Business, Property and Appellate Courts, and in many international arbitral forums. Beyond courts and tribunals, our members advise on and advocate in mediations, adjudications and public inquiries.
The purpose of pupillage is to teach our pupils the skills needed to become successful members of Chambers in all of these areas. We aim to do this by ensuring pupils are exposed to the wide variety of work which comes into Chambers and by offering the chance to learn from established and experienced practitioners and practice managers.
Chambers’ continued success depends on maintaining the reputation for excellence for which its members are known. To this end, we are committed to recruiting the best candidates for pupillage and supporting them throughout the year so that they reach their full potential.
Atkin Chambers takes applications for pupillage through the Bar Council Pupillage Gateway.
Up-to-date details of how to apply and the interview process, as well as a copy of Chambers’ pupillage policy which details the structure of the pupillage year at Atkin Chambers, are available on the Chambers website.
A series of video interviews on Chambers’ website provide insights into members’ journey to the bar, the advantages of practice in commercial construction, infrastructure and energy disputes, the set’s global outlook, the opportunities to grow a practice at Atkin, what to think about when applying to Chambers, how to frame your interests and experience, and what to expect from the pupillage year at Atkin Chambers.
Culture and values
Atkin Chambers is a modern, forward-looking set with an international outlook. Members and staff are involved in initiatives that promote and support equality and diversity, promote access to the legal profession and to the Bar, and contribute to the wider legal and business community in which members and their clients work.
The Pupillage Experience at Atkin Chambers
Take a look at what it means to be a Pupil at Atkin Chambers
Chambers is committed to respecting and understanding the cultural needs of its diverse and global client base, and is committed to equality and diversity in both recruitment and the provision of services.
Chambers understands the importance of the legal profession, including the Bar and the Judiciary, reflecting the make-up of society. Chambers welcomes members, pupils and staff without regard to age, sex, race, ethnic or national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, religion or belief. Chambers aims to follow best practice with regards to disability and reasonable adjustments.
Chambers operates under an equality and diversity policy in accordance with the Bar Standard Board’s Equality and Diversity Code. Please email Chambers for a copy.
Chambers is proud that members and staff have a diverse range of ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. Languages spoken include Mandarin, Cantonese, Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, French, German, Portuguese and Italian.
Chambers welcomes the opportunity to work with other groups to foster equality and diversity at the Bar. Atkin Chambers supports FreeBar, a forum focused on LGBT+ people and their allies working at and for the Bar. A number of members of Atkin Chambers are founding members of The TECBAR BAME Network.
Chambers is pleased to support The 10,000 Black Interns Programme for 2021/22 which aims to transform the horizons and prospects of young Black people in the UK by offering paid work experience across a wide range of industries, as well as world-class training and development. it is also pleased to be a silver partner of Bridging the Bar and to be participating in its mini pupillage programme for 2022.
Atkin Chambers is a signatory to the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge and the Equal Representation for Expert Witnesses Pledge.
Flexible working - Chambers’ parental leave policy, flexible working policy and reasonable adjustments policy aspire to meet best practice and recognise in particular the need for better access for those with disability and the importance of striving to retain women barristers in practice.
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