Head of chambers
Mr PJ Kirby QC, Ms Brie Stevens-Hoare QC
We are a successful, award-winning commercial barristers chambers with a reputation for high quality legal expertise, excellent administration and an approachable, business-focused style. This is consistently recognised in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.
We are recognised as a leading chambers for training, winning the Legal Cheek Best Chambers for Training Award 2019. We are committed to providing first class facilities and in 2021 moved to state of the art modern facilities.
We are also a market leader in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, winning awards for our work in these areas. In July 2021 we took on our current name having discovered our predecessor name (Hardwicke) was associated with a former Lord Chancellor who supported slavery.
Commercial dispute resolution, construction, insolvency, insurance, personal injury & clinical negligence, private client, professional liability and property.
We look for trainee barristers with exceptional intellectual ability, excellent communication skills and a genuine interest in our areas of work. You need to be confident and able to work both on your own and with others, and to demonstrate not only outstanding legal and analytical ability, but sound commercial good sense.
We offer up to two 12-month pupillages both with a view to membership. Our policy is to only offer pupillage to candidates with the potential to become members of chambers.
We put a great deal of effort into providing on-going support and training. You will be treated as part of our team and included in chambers events and receive introductions to clients. We have a strong open-door policy and ensure that our trainee barristers feel they are able to approach any member of chambers for guidance and advice.
Our 12-month pupillages are split into three periods of four months. During each period, you will be assigned a supervisor and other members of chambers with whom you will work. You will share the daily professional life of your supervisor, producing pleadings and opinions on their cases, attending conferences and court hearings, and benefit from regular feedback.
Advocacy is a key component of a pupillage with us. We will provide you with in-house advocacy training, supervised by our members, many of whom are advocacy trainers at the Inns and/or part-time judges. During your second six months, you can expect to find yourself in court two to three days a week.
We fund attendance at the Bar Council’s compulsory courses and operate guaranteed earnings schemes for our first and second year members. These are currently £40,000 for the first year in practice and £50,000 for the second year.
Banking & finance
Barristers and banks generally cross paths when something costly has gone wrong in relation to a transaction or product.
Traditional chancery includes trusts, probate, real property and tax, while commercial chancery covers a range of finance and business disputes.
Commercial dispute resolution
The commercial Bar covers a range of areas, including banking, sale of goods and shipping, insolvency, civil fraud, and insurance/reinsurance.
Employment lawyers handle a variety of issues, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, equal pay and whistleblowing claims.
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.
Some of the biggest insolvencies have billions of pounds at stake, so there can be lucrative work for barristers.
<p>IP barristers advise on issues such as infringement disputes, issues on validity of registered IP rights, and commercial agreements that deal either exclusively with IP rights or with IP rights in the wider context of larger commercial transactions.</p>
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.
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>
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.
<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>