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Essex Court Chambers

  • Up to 4 Pupillages
  • 90 Tenants
  • 7 Tenancies in last 3 years

About Essex Court Chambers

Our members offer advisory and advocacy expertise on disputes relating to all aspects of business and commerce, both domestic and international.

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Head of chambers

Mr David Foxton QC

Consistently acknowledged as one of London's leading full-service commercial sets, Essex Court Chambers has an enviable track record of quality and high profile work, and both its silks and juniors are much sought-after. Members advise across the whole spectrum of international, commercial and European law, and act as advocates in litigation and commercial arbitration worldwide. Clients range from major institutions and multinational corporations to private companies and individuals.

Essex Court Chambers has been particularly recognised as a leading set in arbitration; commercial litigation, insurance, shipping; aviation, energy and natural resources, media and entertainment and banking. The set also has a strong reputation in international trade; commodities; public international law; professional negligence; tax and VAT and employment.

Members continue to develop expertise in European law; administrative law and judicial review; agriculture and farming; Australian trade practices law; Chinese law; computer law; construction and engineering; customs duty; sports law; Hong Kong law; human rights; immigration and nationality law; industrial relations; injunctions and arrests; insolvency; intellectual property; international commercial fraud; Irish law, public law; rail disputes; sale of goods and product liability; South Asian law and tribunals and inquiries. Members also act as arbitrators and mediators in domestic and international arbitrations.

We welcome applications from both law and non-law graduates. Our work is intellectually demanding and competition for pupillage is tough. We therefore expect candidates to have, or to be expected to achieve, at least a high 2.1 degree.
Chambers runs in-house training programmes and events, including advocacy training and introductory courses for pupils on more specialised areas of practice.
Chambers is a member of OLPAS (summer season). Any applications for pupillage should be made via this scheme. Further information is available on the OLPAS website. Summer season application open from 1 March to 30 April to begin October 2006 and deferred applications for October 2007 .
Chambers offers up to 30 mini-pupillages each year with a limited number at Christmas and Easter, and more during June and July. Each mini-pupillage lasts from one to three days and mini-pupils are paid a fixed sum to cover travelling and other expenses. Applicants who have completed at least one year of a law degree or have passed or be in the course of studying for the Common Professional Examination, should apply via our website at Applications for mini-pupillage are open from 1 November - 31 May. For further details please contact Miss Lucy Paterson, the Secretary to the Pupillage Committee (
Up to four funded 12-month pupillages are offered each year for an October start. The pupillage award is £37,500 for 12 months. We welcome applications through OLPAS in 2005 for pupillage in October 2006 and for deferred pupillage in October 2007.

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24 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3EG
Phone: 020 7813 8000
Mini-pupillages: Yes
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree or higher