Head of chambers
Mr Christopher Pymont QC
We are a leading set of chambers in commercial chancery litigation ranked at the top of our field in the legal directories. Our appeal to you at the start of your career is the combination of the high-quality instructions we receive, the breadth of our work (from major international litigation to domestic contractual and property disputes) and the volume of advocacy that we do. The majority of our work is done in London, though we frequently advise and appear for clients in other parts of the UK; and much of our work has an international aspect, involving acting for clients and appearing in court overseas.
We undertake a full range of commercial chancery work, which is essentially concerned with business, finance and property. Our core areas of practice include commercial litigation, banking, financial services and regulation, civil fraud, company, insolvency and restructuring, media law, pensions, professional negligence, real property, charity law, trusts and tax. Most of what we do is concerned with dispute resolution (advising, drafting court documents and appearing as advocates); but we also do some noncontentious work in the private client field.
Our typical recruit has a first-class mind and a sense of commercial practicality, and will enjoy and be stimulated by the challenge of oral and written advocacy. Academically we look for a first or upper second degree. You must have an aptitude for and general enjoyment of complex legal argument. We welcome applications from both law and non-law graduates and recognise that training in other disciplines can be good preparation for a career at the Bar. We encourage applications from people from all sections of society, regardless of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or age.
We offer up to three 12-month pupillages. You will sit with four different barristers during your time in chambers and so have the opportunity to see a wide range of practices. At regular intervals during your pupillage you will participate in advocacy exercises that take the form of mock hearings, which are prepared in advance from a set of papers, just as in practice. Senior members of chambers act as the tribunal, probing your argument during the ‘hearing’ and then providing detailed feedback afterwards. There is no limit to the number of tenancy offers we can make in each year; if you are of the requisite standard, you will be offered tenancy, so our pupils are not in competition with one another.
Applications are considered three times a year; please see our website for current deadlines and details of how to apply.
A pupillage award (£65,000 for pupillage starting in September 2021) is offered to all pupils in chambers. Up to £20,000 of the award may be drawn down in advance for BPTC fees or during the BPTC year. We operate a cashflow assistance scheme during the early stages of practice.
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.
Civil law encompasses a very broad range of legal issues, including those relating to contract, tort, probate and trusts.
Company law is relevant to almost everything a company does, from filing annual returns to proper procedure in relation to board decisions.
Some of the biggest insolvencies have billions of pounds at stake, so there can be lucrative work for barristers.
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
Housing/landlord and tenant law embraces all aspects of residential and commercial tenancies covering issues like disrepair, human rights and succession.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
Property lawyers work on a range of transactions and disputes, involving offices, housing, retail developments and industrial units.