Head of chambers
Mr Stephen Jourdan QC, Mr Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC
Falcon Chambers is generally recognised by the legal directories, solicitors’ firms and clients as the leading property law chambers. Many of the practitioner texts relating to property law are written by our members. We place a lot of importance on being a friendly, closely-integrated group of colleagues. Our barristers enjoy an excellent balance of court hearings and paperwork. Many former members of chambers have become judges, including Lord Neuberger, Lord Justice Lewison, Mr Justice Morgan and Mr Justice Fancourt.
Members of chambers are heavily involved in litigation and arbitration in the real property, landlord and tenant and property-related fields, including cases involving insolvency, trusts, banking, revenue, professional negligence and environmental law issues. We are involved in both contentious and non-contentious work across all areas of commercial, residential and agriculture property.
Applications are welcome from all who have or expect to achieve a 2.1 or First in their degree, including students who have not yet completed a first degree, or non-law students who have not yet completed a GDL. The successful applicant will absorb complex information and identify essential points and practical solutions quickly; communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively, both orally and in writing; and remain calm, objective and confident while working under pressure.
Our current policy is to offer up to two pupillages each year, each of which is for 12 months. Pupils are allocated to a different pupil supervisor every three months in order to see a range of work and practices. We aim to give our pupils a good grounding in advocacy, in addition to the courses offered by the Inns, by providing structured advocacy training throughout the year. Few of our applicants will have studied our speciality in any depth, and therefore we run an intensive course in landlord and tenant law immediately prior to the commencement of pupillage, usually in the last week of September.
Falcon Chambers is a member of the Pupillage Gateway and receives applications in accordance with the Gateway procedure and timetable. We hold two rounds of interviews. Further details of our recruitment and pupillage process can be found on our website.
Our mini-pupillages are not assessed, and there is no requirement that you come to chambers on a mini-pupillage before you apply for a pupillage. We do, however, encourage interested students to visit us for a few days to experience life at Falcon Chambers. We find that those who do so invariably apply to us for pupillage. The programme lasts for three days (usually Tuesday to Thursday), during which time we try to ensure that you will spend some time in court, sit in on a conference with clients and also sample some paperwork. We hold three mini-pupillage sessions each year. Full details along with dates, when to apply and the application form are all available on our website.
Our pupillage award is £65,000 per pupil (for those starting in October 2023), of which up to £22,000 is available for drawdown during the BPTC year. In addition, in their second six months, pupils can expect to earn some additional income from their own work. Successful pupils who become junior tenants are usually fully employed doing their own work shortly after being taken on.
Traditional chancery includes trusts, probate, real property and tax, while commercial chancery covers a range of finance and business disputes.
Landlord & tenant/housing
<p>Housing/landlord and tenant law encompasses all aspects of residential and commercial tenancies covering issues like disrepair, human rights and succession.</p>
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
<p>Property law (now sometimes labelled as ‘real estate’) embraces a wide range of work, including ‘real property’ such as contracts for sale, covenants and land registration, trusts over land; and commercial and residential tenancies involving issues as diverse as disrepair, possession claims, succession and assignment. </p>