Charley Pattison has been a tenant involved mainly with Crime and Civil Liberties (Actions Against the Police) at Queen Square Chambers since completing her pupillage here in 2014. The below originally appeared in the Target Pupillage Handbook
Aston University: Business Administration and European Studies BSc: First Class
Bristol Institute of Legal Practice: GDL/CPE and BPTC
Lord Denning: Major BPTC Scholar
2016 Pegasus Scholar (ECHR)
I came to the Bar as my second career and completed my GDL and BPTC in Bristol, but applied for pupillage nationwide as having completed mini-pupillages both in London and on Circuit, location at the time was not that important to me. I came across Queen Square through my work at local law firms and was aware of their reputation as a dynamic, but friendly set. This reputation was cemented during the interview process – which was strangely enjoyable and I felt like as well as a test of my technical legal ability I was able to be myself.
Having worked in a global professional services firm and also as a personal injury & clinical negligence paralegal I used a lot of my Pupillage Gateway applications for commercial pupillages. I was lucky though that I completed a common law pupillage, and that really helped me to find a practice area that I am passionate about. During my pupillage I was exposed to employment, family, crime, commercial and general civil work and this gave me the insight I needed to determine the direction of my practice into tenancy.
I realised that a year into tenancy I wanted to start specialising in crime and civil actions against the police. I was concerned about telling the clerks and the various teams that I wanted to pursue a more specialised route, but I needn’t have been. The clerks and other members were nothing but supportive of my choices and have encouraged every stage of my career development since. Within two years of being a crime tenant I had appeared in the Court of Appeal, succesfully conducting my own appeal against conviction and in my third year of tenancy I undertook a three month Pegasus Scholarship at the European Court of Human Rights.
The Western Circuit has some really good initiatives for junior barristers, I have benefited in particular from a Western Circuit Women’s Forum mentor and training from other inspiring female QC’s and juniors.
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