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Old Square Chambers

2 Pupillages
79 Tenants
7 Tenancies in last 3 years

A specialist set specialising predominantly in employment, personal injury, clinical negligence and professional discipline; Old Square Chambers’ defining quality is excellence.

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Head of chambers

Mr Oliver Segal KC

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Pupillage Gateway

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The defining quality of Old Square Chambers is excellence. This is the standard we set for ourselves in the delivery of services to our clients, and the criterion by which we assess prospective tenants and pupils. Members regularly appear before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court, and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, in leading cases at the forefront of UK law. Chambers was recently recognised as the Chambers of the Year whilst members were awarded the Employment Junior and Personal Injury Junior of the Year awards. Many of our members are recognised as leading juniors in their field whilst others hold part-time judicial positions, sit on specialist panels, act as mediators, and edit or contribute to leading practitioner texts. Our objective is to select a small number of pupils with the aim of recruiting our tenants from them. We have a strong retention rate and encourage pupils to be collaborative. Chambers is committed to equality and diversity, and we are proud to have a diverse membership which we continue to build upon. We actively engage in several access to the Bar initiatives. We are committed to ensuring all our recruitment and selection processes are fair and that protected characteristics are safeguarded. We are based in Bedford Row but operate nationally.

We are a leading employment and personal injury/civil set of chambers. Our work is balanced between claimant and defendant or respondent and includes the protection of individual rights. We work on behalf of trade unions, commercial organisations, the NHS and local and central government. In employment we cover all the relevant areas including discrimination, collective action, individual rights, restraint of trade and human rights. We also have a thriving practice in the field of professional regulatory and disciplinary work, especially in the healthcare sector, with members often appearing on behalf of high-profile doctors (such as the British Cycling and Team Sky Doctor) and in the High Court seeking injunctive relief. In personal injury we have an excellent profile spanning all types of litigation. Particular areas of strength include catastrophic injury, disaster and multi-party litigation. In clinical law we have a number of expert practitioners encompassing all disputes affecting and involving the medical, dental, pharmaceutical and nursing professions. We also have a thriving inquests and inquiries practice. Members have worked on most of the high-profile inquests and inquiries over the last three decades, most recently including the Grenfell Inquiry, the Paterson Inquiry, the Leveson Inquiry, the Infected Blood Inquiry and inquests into the London Bridge and Westminster terrorist attacks. Much of our work involves the use of European jurisprudence.

We assess candidates on a number of criteria, which can be found detailed on our website.

Pupils are offered generous funding. Pupils will experience a wide variety of court and paperwork. There is also the opportunity to work closely with silks on complex and sometimes high-profile cases.

As per Pupillage Gateway.

Apply online via our website.

The 2024 award will be £65,000, comprising of an award of £55,000 and guaranteed minimum earnings of £10,000, which may be exceeded depending on earnings in the second six. A draw down system facility of up to £15,000 is available for BPTC on application subject to references.

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10-11 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4BU
Phone: 020 7269 0300
Email: [email protected]
Mini-pupillages: Yes
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree preferred