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1 Chancery Lane

  • 2 Pupillages
  • 44 Tenants
  • 2 Tenancies in last 3 years

About 1 Chancery Lane

Personal injury, professional negligence and clinical negligence practice offering pupils an opportunity to develop wide-ranging litigation skills. Also property, travel and human rights.

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Head of chambers

Mr Simon Readhead QC

We are a leading civil common law set with a busy and exciting practice. We currently have 33 tenants and occupy modern office accommodation. We have a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in Chambers and our clerks' room has an excellent reputation for its helpful and constructive approach. We can offer successful applicants the opportunity to develop wide-ranging litigation skills in a stimulating and supportive environment, working with experienced advocates involved in challenging litigation. You will be part of a team of professionals, including the instructing solicitors and experts as well as counsel. As a pupil at No 1 Serjeants' Inn you can expect to be involved in the full range of your pupil supervisor's work.
We are particularly well known for our handling of professional and clinical negligence litigation, personal injury actions, property litigation, claims against public authorities (including the police), and employment law. We are involved in a wide range of high-profile work including education negligence, travel law, stress-related claims, discrimination, social welfare, housing law, and health and safety. Members of Chambers appear regularly in the Court of Appeal and in the House of Lords.
In choosing our pupils we value academic and non-academic achievements as well as lucidity of expression, good communication skills and sound judgement. We do not set a minimum academic requirement, but most of our successful applicants have a first class degree or a good 2.1.
We undertake extensive training and appraisal during pupillage and our system of three different seats in Chambers of four months each has proved popular with past pupils. As a pupil you will be helping in the preparation of trials and applications, researching the law and drafting opinions, and attending conferences and court with your pupil supervisor. In the second months, pupils can expect to spend two to three days in court, putting their developing skills into practice. Chambers' policy is to select new tenants from successful applicants at the end of their pupillage.
The closing date for applications is 29 April 2005. Applications can be made online or downloaded from our website and should be sent to Chambers or emailed to Jenny Fensham. The pupillage contact in Chambers is Angus Piper.
We offer one-week mini-pupillages in the summer. Application should be made by 30 March 2006 and addressed to Jenny Fensham.
On the financial side, we offer two awards of not less than £30,000 (for pupillages commencing in October 2006); in addition, we will consider advancing part of the pupillage award during the BVC.

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1 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1LF
Phone: 020 7092 2900
Mini-pupillages: Yes
Minimum qualification: 2.1