Head of chambers
Mr William Mousley QC
2 King's Bench Walk is a leading and well established set of chambers with three silks and over 40 juniors. Historically we are a Western Circuit set but our workload covers not just the west, but also London, the South East and other parts of the country. Former members include judges and a DPP. Present membership represents considerable strength not only in terms of range of experience but also in up-and-coming members of the Bar. Many members sit as recorders, we have Treasury Counsel and a senior editor of Archbold Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice. Chambers provides a friendly, hard-working and professional environment.
We are a common law set who specialise in all areas of criminal law and a wide range of civil work. Our professional client base is broad and includes the principal prosecuting authorities, such as the Serious Fraud Office, CPS HQ, HM Revenue & Customs and the Health and Safety Executive. We work with local authorities and solicitors across the country. All members of Chambers have the valuable experience of acting for 'both sides' for prosecution and defence, for claimant and defendant - and balance their practices accordingly. Members of Chambers are regularly involved in cases attracting national publicity as well as those reported by the legal press. The range of work covered is considerable, from white collar, organised and other serious crime, through money laundering and confiscation to summary offences of infinite variety in the magistrates courts. The civil practitioners are involved in general common law work including employment, clinical and professional negligence, landlord and tenant, insolvency, personal injury, claims against the police, education and housing, and the law relating to peerages, to name just some.
Pupillage lasts for 12 months and you will experience at first hand court work at all levels. We aim to expose pupils to as great a variety of work as possible. Pupils are under the guidance of pupil supervisors but will be encouraged to see and get to know as many other members at work as possible. With our Western Circuit connection pupils must expect to travel out of London to Hampshire and Dorset on a regular basis. We have a track record of annual recruitment of tenants from our own pupils, and we aim to continue our present rate of expansion of up to five tenants per year.
We are not members of OLPAS. Our closing date for applications is 31 May 2007 for pupillages commencing in October 2008. Selected applicants are invited for interviews in June and July. Offers of pupillage go out after 31 July. Apply directly to Chambers through our website www.2kbw.com.
We offer two, or in the case of a number of exceptional candidates, up to three, funded pupillages. The awards of £20,000 are payable as follows: £8,000 during the first six months, payable by equal monthly instalments in arrears; £12,000 for the second six months. Fees actually received in the second six are deducted from the funded award.
Civil law encompasses a very broad range of legal issues, including those relating to contract, tort, probate and trusts.
Typically, common law chambers are multidisciplinary and are divided into practice groups so members can develop and maintain specialisations.
Specialist criminal law chambers offer expertise in all areas, including child abuse, human rights, violent crime, and white collar crime.
Think about all the things that members of a family can fall out about and multiply that – that’s your area.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Landlord & tenant/housing
Housing/landlord and tenant law embraces all aspects of residential and commercial tenancies covering issues like disrepair, human rights and succession.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.