Head of chambers
Mr Nicholas Le Poidevin QC
We are a collegiate and friendly set, with a strong track record of recruiting pupils who go on to have successful careers at the Bar. Many of our members are ranked as leaders in their particular specialist fields, and appear in significant cases in England and Wales, and offshore jurisdictions. We are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion at the Bar through recruitment. We run a number of initiatives specifically targeted to prospective pupillage applicants, and strongly encourage applications from female, BAME, disabled and socially mobile candidates.
Trusts, wills & estates - our members are among the leading practitioners in this area, and have been instructed in some of the highest profile cases of recent times. Chambers is the home of the leading practitioners’ works: Lewin on trusts, Williams, Mortimer and Sunnucks on executors, administrators and probate, Theobald on wills, and protectors of trusts. Insolvency - we are the go-to set for insolvency work at the junior end. Our members have a particular expertise in offshore insolvency, in addition to being regularly instructed in domestic personal and corporate insolvency matters. Company and partnership - we specialise in all areas of contentious and non-contentious company law work, and again are recognised for our offshore practice. As the home of Hollington on Shareholders’ Rights, we have a particular focus on shareholder disputes and director duties. Property - we have renowned expertise in public rights of way, village greens, administrative and public law matters connected to land, and real property and landlord and tenant disputes. Civil fraud - we have a longstanding excellent reputation in this field, and are well known for acting in complex cases involving fraud, dishonesty and misfeasance. Commercial litigation - we are instructed in matters involving conflict of laws, contractual disputes, banking and finance issues, professional negligence and consumer credit.
If you are interested in business and property law, and want to undertake pupillage at one of the leading commercial chancery sets, then we might be the Chambers for you. We assess pupillage applicants in accordance with the criteria listed on the “Pupillage” page of our website.
We offer one 12-month pupillage. Pupils undertake four “seats” of three months, each with a different pupil supervisor. However, pupils will also be exposed to the practices of other members of Chambers, and are encouraged to undertake work for other members of Chambers. There is ample opportunity for pupils to be instructed and appear in Court in the second six-months of pupillage. You will be supported throughout your pupillage, both by virtue of our “open door” policy and through pastoral support from the pupillage team.
We recruit through the Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway.
Each year, we offer around 12 unassessed mini-pupillages, lasting two days. Details of how to apply are on our website. We also offer up to 10 assessed social mobility mini-pupillages, lasting up to five days, to candidates from socially mobile backgrounds. All candidates who perform well during the assessed mini-pupillage will be guaranteed a first-round interview for pupillage.
The pupillage award is £65,000. A proportion of the award may be drawn down in the year preceding pupillage.
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
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.
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>
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>