Head of chambers
Mr Henry Harrod Ms Penelope Reed QC
5 Stone Buildings is one of the outstanding sets of Chancery chambers with many distinguished present and former members, including a number of current and former law lords. We have 37 members, of whom seven are silks. Chambers is consistently ranked highly in the legal directories and the vast majority of our members are recommended practitioners. When compared to the largest chancery sets, chambers is relatively small. We believe that our size and ethos enables us to ensure that pupils and young tenants are trained and clerked properly and are well prepared for the problems and opportunities which practice will throw at them. All members of chambers, however senior, are always willing to assist other members, however junior, and to provide advice and guidance when requested. Generous terms are offered to junior tenants in their first years of practice, including heavily subsidised rent and an income guarantee.
Members’ work covers a wide span of civil law with an emphasis on chancery work, from specialist wills, trust and probate, pension and revenue work through to real property and professional negligence. Chambers is instructed by a wide range of solicitors, from the largest City firms to sole practitioners outside London. Many members have practices involving work from the major offshore financial centres.
Applicants should normally have at least a 2.1 degree. Our policy is only to offer pupillages to candidates whom we believe to be potential tenants. We welcome applications from law and non-law graduates alike.
We aim to offer one 12-month pupillage each year and to recruit tenants from our pupils. Pupils will normally sit with at least three pupil supervisors during that period with a view to experiencing a wide range of work. Pupils are given regular feedback as to how they might improve or refine their work.
Chambers is a member of Pupillage Gateway. Please consult our website for information about the selection criteria and process.
Up to £60,000 per pupillage, £15,000 of which can be drawn down during the BPTC year.
Traditional chancery includes trusts, probate, real property and tax, while commercial chancery covers a range of finance and business disputes.
Landlord & tenant/housing
Housing/landlord and tenant law embraces all aspects of residential and commercial tenancies covering issues like disrepair, human rights and succession.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.