Head of chambers
Mr James Goudie QC, Mr John Cavanagh QC
We are a leading public, employment and commercial set providing high quality advice and advocacy to a wide range of private and public sector clients, both claimants and defendants. Every day, we are involved in a variety of exceptional cases. Our members are regularly involved in the most complex and legally significant cases.
Pupils can expect to gain a range of experience across the following areas; public law and human rights; employment and discrimination law; commercial law; European community law; information law and sports law.
The great majority of tenants are recruited from those who have done a 12-month pupillage here. We offer pupillages only to those who we believe have the potential to become tenants and our policy is to offer tenancy to all pupils who meet the required standard during their pupillage. We place a high premium on outstanding intellectual ability, but we are also looking for the strong advocacy skills, determination and practical common sense that will lead to a successful practice and strong client relationships.
11KBW is a member of the Pupillage Gateway. Applications for pupillage commencing October 2017 should be made in the Pupillage Gateway summer round in 2016 (although we accept deferred applications). Interviews will be held in mid-July 2016 and offers of pupillage made in accordance with the Pupillage Gateway timetable. We require applicants for pupillage to do an assessed mini-pupillage in chambers. When we make pupillage selection decisions we take into account performance in assessed mini-pupillages, together with Pupillage Gateway application forms and performance at interview. Applicants must have a first or good upper second class degree (in any academic field).
Chambers requires applicants for pupillage through Pupillage Gateway to do a one week assessed mini-pupillage in chambers. The deadline for applications for mini-pupillage is 7 March 2016 for those applying through Pupillage Gateway for pupillage commencing in October 2017. We will invite candidates for assessed mini-pupillages to a short interview in chambers in March 2016. If that causes particular difficulties, we will consider applications for alternative arrangements, such as interview by video conference. Assessed mini-pupillages will take place between April and June 2016. In exceptional circumstances, applicants for pupillage may ask to submit a written answer to a mini-pupillage problem instead of doing an assessed mini-pupillage in chambers. Any such application should also be made by 7 March 2016 for those applying for pupillage commencing in October 2017.
We also offer some unassessed mini-pupillages for those who are at an earlier stage of their legal studies and who wish to consider practising as a barrister within our areas of expertise.
We offer a pupillage award of £65,000 (Up to £15,000 of the pupillage award may be paid to prospective pupils as an advance in their BPTC year).
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
Civil law encompasses a very broad range of legal issues, including those relating to contract, tort, probate and trusts.
Civil liberties & human rights
Human rights law is essential for a fair society where all are protected, including the vulnerable.
Employment lawyers handle a variety of issues, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, equal pay and whistleblowing claims.
European Union and international
Employment barristers may appear before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, international tribunals and domestic courts.
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.