Head of chambers
Mr Oliver Segal QC
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. Many of our members hold part-time judicial positions, sit on specialist panels, act as mediators, and edit or contribute to leading practitioner texts. We are a highly specialised, forward thinking set, committed to expansion. Our objective is to select a small number of pupils with the aim of recruiting our tenants from them. Chambers operates an equality and diversity policy which fully complies with the Bar Standards Board’s requirements. We are committed to ensuring all of our recruitment and selection processes are fair and that protected characteristics are safeguarded. We are based in Bedford Row but also operate from premises in Bristol.
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. 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. In product liability and health and safety compliance we engage in civil and criminal litigation of varying complexity as well as public inquiry work. In environmental law we represent corporate and individual defendants. Case experience includes prosecutions of major pollution incidents, permit breaches, marine regulation prosecutions, the release of hazardous or noxious substances and the escape of controlled waste. We also undertake human rights and public law work where it relates to our main fields of practice. Much of our work involves the use of European jurisprudence.
We assess candidates on a number of criteria. These may change from year to year but generally include: intellectual ability (measured by academic or other achievement), potential as an advocate, interest in chambers’ fields of practice, ability to cope with hard work and pressure, and interpersonal skills.
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 2023 award will be £50,000, comprising of an award of £40,000 and guaranteed minimum earnings of £10,000, which may be exceeded depending on earnings in the second six. A draw down system facility is available for BPTC on application.
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
Employment lawyers handle a variety of issues, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, equal pay and whistleblowing claims.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.