Head of chambers
Mr David Pittaway QC
Hailsham Chambers is a top tier civil law set. We win awards for our excellence and we are recognised by the legal directories as a leading set in our main practice areas. We strive to provide the highest standards of advocacy, advice and service, with a committed open door policy and friendly atmosphere within chambers. We are proud of our history, which includes a number of former law lords, but we are innovative and forward-thinking.
At Hailsham Chambers we excel in our key areas of professional negligence, medical law, costs, regulatory and disciplinary, personal injury and commercial law. We have leading practitioners and experts in all these fields and are recognised by the legal directories as a leading set for professional and medical negligence, professional disciplinary and costs disputes. We have strong and long-established relationships with all of the leading insurers and national and City firms working in our areas of practice.
We wish to recruit two pupils to start in September 2021. You will be a motivated, ambitious candidate who can meet the following criteria: intellectual ability and curiosity – usually a minimum 2.1 degree is required but special circumstances will be considered, persuasive communication in both oral and written advocacy, personal qualities which will allow you to succeed at the Bar and interest in chambers and in our areas of practice.
We are passionate about encouraging applications from a diverse pool of candidates. We place emphasis on our problem question because we aim to recruit candidates who sparkle with ability.
We provide 12-months’ intensive, high-quality training in a relaxed atmosphere with three supervisors, covering at least two areas of chambers’ specialisation. You will also have a mentor, who is a recent junior tenant, who can discuss pupillage confidentially with you. We also tailor a thorough advocacy training and assessment programme to give our pupils the best chance at tenancy. Our retention rate is excellent and five pupils in the last three years have become tenants.
For 12-month pupillage commencing September 2021, please apply through the Pupillage Gateway.
We encourage you to apply for a mini-pupillage although it is not assessed and does not form part of our pupillage decision making process. Hailsham Chambers offers mini-pupillages throughout the year to those who are over 18 years old. Please see more information on our website.
We will offer two 12-month pupillages commencing in September 2021. Each of our 12-month pupillages has an award of £50,000 including £5,000 guaranteed earnings, up to £10,000 of which may be drawn down during the vocational training stage.
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.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.