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About Gatehouse Chambers

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Gatehouse Chambers is a successful, award-winning commercial barristers chambers with a reputation for high quality legal expertise, excellent administration and an approachable, business-focused style. This is consistently recognised in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

We are recognised as a leading chambers for training, winning the Legal Cheek Best Chambers for Training Award 2019.  We are committed to providing first class facilities and in 2021 moved to state of the art modern facilities.

We are a market leader in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, winning awards for our work in these areas.  In July 2021 we took on its current name having discovered its predecessor name (Hardwicke) was associated with a former Lord Chancellor who supported slavery.

Our main practice areas are:

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Construction
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
  • Private Client
  • Professional Liability
  • Property

We offer a pupillage award of £55,000 pa.  We also fund attendance at the Bar Council’s compulsory courses and operate guaranteed earnings schemes for our first and second year members.   These are currently £40,000 for the first year in practice and £50,000 for the second year.

We put a great deal of effort into providing on-going support and training. You will be treated as part of our team and included in Chambers events and receive introductions to clients. We have a strong open-door policy and ensure that our pupils feel they are able to approach any member of chambers.

Our 12-month pupillages are split into three periods of four months. During each period, you will be assigned a pupil supervisor and other members of chambers with whom you will work. You will share the daily professional life of your pupil supervisor, producing pleadings and opinions on their cases, attending conferences and court hearings, and benefit from regular feedback.

Advocacy is a key component of a pupillage with us. We will provide you with in-house advocacy training, supervised by our members, many of whom are advocacy trainers at the Inns and/or part-time judges. During your second six months, you can expect to find yourself in court two to three days  week.

We look for pupils with exceptional intellectual ability, excellent communication skills and a genuine interest in our areas of work. You need to be confident and able to work both on your own and with others, and to demonstrate not only outstanding legal and analytical ability, but sound commercial good sense.

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