I started pupillage two months ago and my experience so far has been excellent.
I applied to Queen Square Chambers because a common law pupillage really appealed to me, in particular the broad variety of work involved. So far I have seen a good mix of family, crime, employment, personal injury and other general civil work. No two days are the same: one day I might be taking notes in a personal injury conference, followed by a day in the Crown Court, then a final hearing in the family court. The variety means work is constantly interesting and engaging.
Chambers has also encouraged me to gain exposure to the type of hearings I will be doing during my second six, such as work in the magistrates’ court. This supportive approach has made me feel more prepared for when I get “on my feet” in four months’ time.
Queen Square Chambers is a very friendly set and I was made to feel welcome from my first day. All the members are really approachable and I feel I can ask anyone for help. This is especially true of my supervisor, Mark Williams, who takes the time to help me, explain areas of law or queries arising from a particular case.
Bristol is a great place in which to be based. It is a vibrant and buzzing city with lots going on. In terms of the Bar in Bristol, everyone seems to be really welcoming, friendly and helpful to one other.
I am grateful to be training in such a supportive environment and would definitely encourage other aspiring barristers to apply for pupillage here.
We are currently accepting pupillage applications for October 2018 start. The deadline is 5th February. If you have any questions about your application, or any aspect of pupillage at Queen Square Chambers, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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