Head of chambers
Mr Jacob Levy QC
9 Gough Square is a leading common law set of chambers known for its core strengths in advocacy, drafting and advisory work. Clients include solicitors, local government, central government, corporate bodies and individuals. Tenants practise in all areas of work for the first three years after recruitment, which provides enviable advocacy experience and develops an interesting and varied practice.
Members of chambers work and specialise in a wide variety of areas. The largest group in chambers practises in personal injury and clinical negligence work and its members are ranked in the leading Bar directories. Members of chambers also represent parties at inquests. There is a strong criminal team with work in fraud, sexual offences and general crime, and a growing regulatory team working with professional bodies and individuals. 9 Gough Square has long been known for its police work, accepting instructions from the Metropolitan Police and other constabularies in a variety of civil and quasi-criminal cases. The family team undertakes public and private law work, regularly appearing in High Court and Court of Appeal cases. Court of Protection work permits cross-over between the family and civil disciplines. The commercial and property team is routinely involved in cases of all levels of complexity, acting for businesses, creditors, debtors, landlords and other individuals. Its members cover the full spectrum of disputes from cases relating to commercial leases and construction contracts to consumer credit and insolvency matters. As a common law set, members of chambers, and particularly junior tenants, frequently encounter and tackle a wide variety of other areas of work, including employment, public and costs work.
We look for highly-motivated candidates of proven intellectual ability, usually evidenced by at least a 2.1 degree or equivalent, who can also demonstrate a commitment to the Bar and a flair for advocacy, combined with common sense and sound judgement. 9 Gough Square operates and observes a robust equality and diversity policy. For many years we have been at the forefront of E&D issues at the Bar.
We offer up to two pupillages of 12 months’ duration. All pupillages are funded. We strive to ensure that a pupil sees as broad an array of work as possible, and particularly in our main practice areas. Before a pupil starts on his or her feet, he or she sit with a pupil supervisor in each of civil, criminal and family work. The pupillage programme includes regular feedback and a number of assessed exercises.
The application window will open on 18 December 2019. On that date, details about how to apply and the application form and guidance will be published on the website at www.9goughsquare.co.uk/ pupillage.html. The application system is online and applications are only accepted through the dedicated chambers application system. The deadline by which applications must be received will be 10 February 2020. 9 Gough Square is not a member of the Pupillage Gateway.
9 Gough Square accepts applications for mini-pupillage via its website. There is usually one application window each year, during the early summer. For further details please see www.9goughsquare.co.uk/minipupillage.html.
Civil law encompasses a very broad range of legal issues, including those relating to contract, tort, probate and trusts.
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.
Employment lawyers handle a variety of issues, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, equal pay and whistleblowing claims.
Think about all the things that members of a family can fall out about and multiply that – that’s your area.
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.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.