Head of chambers
Mr Nigel Lickley QC
Based in London, Winchester, Bournemouth, Oxford, Bristol and our newly opened Birmingham centre, 3PB is a modern, progressive set with an enviable reputation for our legal expertise. Our barristers and staff are professiona, friendly and approachable and there is a good team atmosphere in chambers.
We have both breadth and depth through the number and quality of our members. The work of chambers covers a broad spread of common law, commercial and chancery work. Our work includes contract, personal injury, employment, landlord and tenant, professional negligence, planning and local government. We also have a specialist family team who deal with financial remedies, private Children Act work and public law children work. In addition we have specialist teams in technology and construction, company and partnership, insolvency, education and intellectual property. Our chancery practitioners deal with matters ranging from probate disputes through to trusts and tax. In real property we are extensively instructed in boundary disputes, covenants, easements, village greens and planning. Our crime team is superb, dealing with all aspects of crime including the most serious murders and white collar crimes. We also have a number of members who are mediators and adjudicators, as well as a number who sit in courts and/or tribunals.
Chambers seeks pupils with strong academic and intellectual abilities, coupled with a drive and determination to succeed and the ability to apply practical skills. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. Our marking system does not take into account A levels or which university a candidate has attended.
We regard our pupils as the long-term future of our chambers and aim to recruit and retain the very best. We offer up to four funded pupillages each year and provide an unique internal training programme which not only covers advocacy exercises, drafting skills and marshalling opportunities, but also the practical and business skills required maintain a successful practice. Chambers also pays for the compulsory external training. Pupils frequently appear in court during their second six, whilst continuing with their education.
We recruit through the Pupillage Gateway, with the time windows as advertised.
Applications for mini-pupillages are considered on their merits. Candidates must be over eighteen and have either undertaken or be in the process of undertaking tertiary education. Applications can be downloaded from our website.
3PB offers each pupil an award of £30,000 (presently under review). This is made up of a grant of £15,000 which is paid monthly over a period of nine months. The first payment is made the month before pupillage commences in order to ensure that pupils have sufficient funds for their first month in chambers and a double payment immediately before the commencement of the second six. Once a pupil is able to accept instructions in his or her own right, chambers has ample work available. Pupils will have a guaranteed earnings of £15,000 during their second six, with assistance from chambers if necessary.
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
Banking & finance
Barristers and banks generally cross paths when something costly has gone wrong in relation to a transaction or product.
Traditional chancery includes trusts, probate, real property and tax, while commercial chancery covers a range of finance and business disputes.
Commercial dispute resolution
The commercial Bar covers a range of areas, including banking, sale of goods and shipping, insolvency, civil fraud, and insurance/reinsurance.
Typically, common law chambers are multidisciplinary and are divided into practice groups so members can develop and maintain specialisations.
Company law is relevant to almost everything a company does, from filing annual returns to proper procedure in relation to board decisions.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes by way of litigation, mediation, adjudication or arbitration.
Specialist criminal law chambers offer expertise in all areas, including child abuse, human rights, violent crime, and white collar crime.
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.
Think about all the things that members of a family can fall out about and multiply that – that’s your area.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
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.
Planning law regulates the way property owners use and develop their property in the interests of the wider community.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
Property lawyers work on a range of transactions and disputes, involving offices, housing, retail developments and industrial units.
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.
Sports & entertainment
Among the different types of client are professional athletes; their managers, coaches and agents; sports clubs and brand sponsors.