Head of chambers
Mr Andrew Rigney QC, Mr Alexander Antelme QC
We are one of the leading sets of chambers specialising in civil and commercial work. We are based in Inner Temple overlooking the garden and River Thames. With 100 members and over 30 staff, we are one of the larger London chambers, however, we are also a welcoming, friendly and collegiate community.
We undertake a range of common law and commercial work, with particular specialisms in personal injury, clinical negligence, construction, commercial contracts, insurance and reinsurance, health and safety, product liability and professional negligence.
We look for a first or upper second-class honours degree, not necessarily in law. We will be looking for motivation, dedication and intelligence which are the hallmarks of a first-class barrister and a flair for the oral and written presentation of complex legal arguments. We also look for well-rounded individuals with a range of extra-curricular experience. You will be expected to work hard and to show strong commitment to your work, but in a friendly and relaxed chambers environment. We support equality and diversity in chambers and welcome applications from all qualified applicants.
Pupils are welcomed as an integral part of chambers from the moment they arrive. You sit with two pupil supervisors in your first six months and one in your second six. You will work with a number of barristers practising in different areas of work over the course of the year. You appear in court regularly during your second six, handling applications and small trials in the county courts. You will have ample opportunity to develop advocacy skills. We also provide formal advocacy training sessions.
Up to three pupillages offered per year, each with an award of £75,000 plus earnings retained from second six. A drawdown of up to £20,000 from the pupillage award is available in advance.
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.
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.
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.
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.