Head of chambers
Mr PJ Kirby QC, Mr Paul Reed QC
Hardwicke specialises in commercial, construction, insurance and property law and has expertise in professional negligence, insolvency and personal injury work. We are a successful, innovative set with a reputation for high quality legal expertise, excellent administration and an approachable, business-focused style. This is consistently recognised in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.
We are looking for candidates of the highest calibre with the potential to become successful barristers. Academic achievement forms a significant part of our considerations, but is not the only criterion. We look at three core skill sets that we think are essential in a good barrister: legal, interpersonal and business/client care skills. When selecting pupils, we are looking for applicants who show the potential to excel in all of these areas.
We offer up to two 12-month pupillages each year both with a view to tenancy. Our policy is therefore only to offer pupillage to those candidates whom we consider have the potential to become tenants with us. We look for pupils with exceptional intellectual ability, excellent communication skills and a genuine interest in our areas of work. You will need to be confident and able to work both on your own and with others, demonstrating not only legal, analytical ability but also commercial good sense. We put a great deal of effort into providing you with the support and training necessary to succeed in an extremely competitive environment. From day one you will be part of our team and included in chambers events and introduced to clients. We have an open door policy and ensure our pupils 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 pupil supervisor and other members of chambers with whom you will work. You will share the daily professional life of your pupil supervisor, producing pleadings and opinions on their cases, attending conferences and receiving regular feedback. Advocacy is a key component of a Hardwicke pupillage. 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 are a member of Pupillage Gateway. You can also find details on our website on how to apply.
We offer up to 12 mini-pupillages per year (three per quarter). Applicants should complete our application form on the recruitment pages of our website. Please visit Hardwicke’s website for closing dates and details about eligibility.
We offer up to two pupillages each year with an award of £55,000 split as an award of £40,000 and guaranteed earnings of £15,000. Up to £15,000 of the award may be drawn down during your BPTC year. We will fund attendance at the Bar Council’s compulsory courses. We also have a guaranteed earnings scheme for our first and second year tenants to give financial security to those just starting out.
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.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes by way of litigation, mediation, adjudication or arbitration.
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.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Landlord & tenant/housing
Housing/landlord and tenant law embraces all aspects of residential and commercial tenancies covering issues like disrepair, human rights and succession.
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.