Head of chambers
Mr Andrew Tait QC
Francis Taylor Building’s (FTB) reputation for excellence is long-standing and we are consistently featured in the legal directories for our expertise and leading role in planning, land valuation, infrastructure, environmental, public law, licensing and regulatory law. Members of chambers undertake specialist advisory work and regularly appear in courts at all levels in this country and abroad, including specialist tribunals and public inquiries. From head of chambers to the most junior tenant, the workload is wide and varied. There are 22 Queen’s Counsel in chambers and most junior tenants find themselves working on cases as junior to a silk on a fairly regular basis.
As part of our specialist practice, chambers also undertakes work connected with transport and works schemes, utilities, highways, energy, rating, religious liberty and ecclesiastical, heritage and conservation, common land and village greens, education, minerals, statutory nuisance and regulation, health and safety, compulsory purchase and compensation, easements and covenants, mediation, advertisements, employment and consumer law among other areas of related work.
Prospective pupils should demonstrate a high intellectual ability and have a degree of at least upper second level. They should have an interest in the fields, in which chambers practises.
Three pupil supervisors – four months each.
What will you do as a pupil? The first six months – Pupils usually sit in their pupil-supervisors’ rooms and experience all aspects of their professional lives. During the first six months pupils read their pupil-supervisors’ instructions and papers, research relevant law, attempt their own draft pleadings and opinions for discussion, and attend with them at court and in conference with solicitors and lay clients. Chambers have an in house training programme for pupils which includes seminars in practice areas and advocacy exercises. The second six months – Pupils are expected to undertake a certain amount of written work for, and attend at court with, other members of chambers as well as their pupil-supervisors. In recent years second-six pupils have also been briefed to appear in a variety of courts and tribunals, including the High Court, County Court and planning inquiries. Pro bono work for FRU, Law For All, the Bar Pro Bono Unit and others is actively encouraged.
What are the prospects of tenancy? Since 2012, chambers has recruited 14 junior tenants. There can, of course, be no guarantee that a new tenant will be recruited from each new year’s intake. Chambers recognises its responsibility to those who are not offered a tenancy and does its best to ensure that suitable positions are found elsewhere. In recent years, some of its former pupils have obtained tenancies in other chambers; others have joined major firms of solicitors or worked as lawyers in central and local government.
Apply through the Pupillage Gateway to begin October 2022. Chambers’ application form available on the website or by application to Hereward Phillpot QC.
Apply to Mr Charles Merrett.
Two awards of not less than £65,000 (including £10,00 guaranteed earnings). A drawdown of up to £25,000 available for BPTC.
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
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.