Head of chambers
Mr Mark Howard QC, Miss Helen Davies QC
Brick Court Chambers is a leading set of commercial and EU Chambers, which also has expertise in public law and human rights work.
Our core commercial work includes all aspects of international trade, finance and commerce, with particular emphasis on banking, insurance, reinsurance, shipping and on private international law.
Chambers also has one of the highest concentrations of European Union lawyers, who are specialists in all aspects of EU and Competition litigation. We have a small annex in Brussels. Some members of Chambers also have expertise in human rights and in commercial and regulatory judicial review, which enables Chambers to build on its strengths in commercial and EU law.
Candidates are generally expected to have a first or good upper second degree. Advocacy exercises under the supervision of members of Chambers are an integral part of pupillage.
Why Brick Court?
Pupil training – the care we give to pupils is well known at the Bar. We aim to give all our pupils a basic understanding of the skills and disciplines necessary for practice in our core areas of work.
Advocacy experience – we regard it as very important for our young tenants to gain experience on their feet and in their own cases. There is an excitement in being a junior in a big and important case and in working with some of the leading advocates at the Bar today. But it is equally important to gain experience in one’s own small cases, whether in the county court or employment tribunal.
Placing pupils – we have an excellent record in placing those pupils who are not offered tenancies in other good sets of chambers.
Range of work – our work covers a wide spectrum of modern litigation. Many find the breadth of our practice an important factor in choosing Brick Court Chambers.
We are members of OLPAS (summer season).
We normally only make offers of pupillage to candidates who have spent some time in an assessed mini-pupillage with us. Please apply as early as possible.
We offer four 12-month pupillages each year. A pupillage award, currently £38,000, is offered to all pupils intending to practice at the English Bar. This may be supplemented by any fees earned during the second six months of pupillage. Part of the pupillage award may be advanced during the BVC year.
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
Admiralty & shipping
Shipping law is one of the oldest and most developed branches of commercial law.
An aviation barrister will be used in disputes from everything from aircraft leasing and insurance to disasters, hijackings and theft.
Traditional chancery includes trusts, probate, real property and tax, while commercial chancery covers a range of finance and business disputes.
Civil liberties & human rights
Human rights law is essential for a fair society where all are protected, including the vulnerable.
Commercial dispute resolution
The commercial Bar covers a range of areas, including banking, sale of goods and shipping, insolvency, civil fraud, and insurance/reinsurance.
Competition and regulatory work involves a mixture of commercial, public and European law.
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.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.
Tax barristers advise and litigate on all aspects of commercial and personal tax issues.
Sports & entertainment
Among the different types of client are professional athletes; their managers, coaches and agents; sports clubs and brand sponsors.
Phone: 020 7379 3550
|Minimum qualification:||Generally a first or good 2.1 degree|