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Description of chambers
Hardwicke specialises in commercial, construction, insurance and property law and has expertise in professional negligence and personal injury work. We are a successful, innovative set with a reputation for high quality legal expertise, excellent administration and an approachable, business-focussed style. This is consistently recognised in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.
Who should apply
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 two 12-month pupillages each year and recruit with the intention of taking on both pupils if they achieve the standard we require. Our policy is therefore only to offer pupillage to those candidates whom we consider have the potential to join 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. We aim to make you feel part of the team and have an open door policy so as to make 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. During your second six months, you can expect to find yourself in court at least once or twice a week. 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. You will also get to know our practice management team and work with them on developing the skills necessary to build a successful practice.
How and when to apply
Applications should be made on Hardwicke's own applicaion form which can be downloaded from www.hardwicke.co.uk/recruitment/pupillage. The closing date for applications is in line with the Pupillage Gateway timetable.
We offer 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 two pupillages of £55,000 each: an award of £40,000 and guaranteed earnings of £15,000. Up to £15,000 of the award can be drawn down during the BPTC year. We also fund attendance at the Bar Council's compulsory courses. There is a guaranteed income scheme for first and second year tenants.