Dominik Morton

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Pupil Barrister

Dominik began his pupillage at chambers in October 2018 following successful completion of the BPTC at the University of the West of England where he achieved the result Outstanding.

During his First Six Dominik was able to experience a wide variety of work under the supervision of both a family and a criminal supervisor. Since starting his second Six he has already been able to put much of what he has learnt into practice.

Family

Dominik observed both Public and Private Children Act Proceedings in hearings ranging from directions and case management hearings to fact-finding and final hearings. The cases have involved many issues, including adoption, domestic violence, and other serious allegations. In addition to shadowing members of chambers Dominik also spent a week Marshalling at the Bristol Civil Justice Centre with HHJ Wildblood and others.

Since being on his feet Dominik has attended courts across the circuit assisting clients in Injunction and Children Act proceedings.

Crime

Whilst shadowing his supervisor, Robin Shellard, Dominik observed a serious rape trial at Bristol Crown Court. This ran for a number of weeks where Dominik contributed towards case management tasks set by his supervisor. He also shadowed other criminal practitioners from Chambers, observing hearings within the Magistrates’ and the Crown Court. These included prosecutions under the Insolvency Act, appeals from the Magistrates court, committals for sentence and PTPH’s.

During his first six, Dominik attended a one-week training programme organised by the CPS in Bristol. During this week, he watched a variety of hearings within the Magistrates Court, ranging from remand and sentencing hearing to full trials. Dominik has now started prosecuting on behalf of the CPS within the magistrates court as well as being instructed to defend on road traffic & other criminal offences.

Employment, Civil & PI

During the non-practicing stage of his pupillage Dominik was able to shadow many of the members of the civil teams and experience a number of different Hearings and Applications. These included Small Claims, Fast and Multi-Track trials in relation to credit hire, personal injury and contract claims; employment tribunals and a three-day inquest hearing. In addition to attending Court to experience the Hearings first hand Dominik also undertook written work in relation to Employment and contract claims.

Following the completion of his 1st Six, Dominik has represented clients at Infant Approval, MOJ Stage 3 Assessment hearings and Small Claim Track Trials in relation to Credit Hire.

Qualifications

2017 – 2018: Bar Professional Training Course (UWE) – Outstanding.

2016 – 2017: Master of Laws in Human Rights Law (Bristol) – Distinction.

2013 – 2016: Bachelor of Laws (UWE) – First Class Degree.

Scholarships

Lord Denning Major BPTC Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn).

Hubert Greenland Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn).

Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn).

Interests

I enjoy a vast amount of films and cinematic productions; I also enjoy playing golf on a regular basis at a variety of different golf courses; I am a strong technical rock climber and attend regular rock-climbing outings to the Dorset coast and South Wales; I am a qualified PADI Open Water Scuba Diver and attend regular dives both inland and along the South West coast.

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