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- Head of chambers: Mr Luke Parsons QC
- Apply through: Pupillage Gateway
- Deadline date: Pupillage Gateway deadline
|Tenancies in last 3 years:||2|
|Minimum qualification:||1st or high 2.1|
Description of chambers
We are a leading set of barristers specialising in commercial law. We act as advocates in court, arbitrations and inquiries, and provide specialist legal advice to clients from around the world in a wide range of industry areas. A number of us also act as arbitrators and mediators. Many of us are qualified to practise in other jurisdictions, including Australia, the BVI, California, Germany, Hong Kong, New York and South Africa. Distinguished former members of Quadrant Chambers have gone on to chair high-profile public enquiries, and to sit as judges in the High Court (QBD, Commercial, Administrative and Admiralty Courts), DIFC Courts, European General Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords, Privy Council and UK Supreme Court.
Areas of work
We undertake all types of commercial law. We are market leaders in shipping and aviation, and have a very strong reputation in banking and finance, energy, commercial chancery, insurance and reinsurance, insolvency and restructuring, commodities and international trade, general commercial litigation and arbitration, sports and media. Our work has a strongly international flavour, and most of it involves international clients.
Who should apply
We look for candidates with a very strong academic background. Successful applicants will generally have (or be predicted) a first class degree, and they must have/be predicted at least a high 2.1 to apply. Candidates must have excellent analytical abilities, outstanding written and oral communication skills and the ability to perform under pressure. They must also be able to demonstrate that they have the commitment, energy and robustness to succeed in the competitive world of the Commercial Bar. Successful candidates often read law for their first degree, and an increasing number also have postgraduate law degrees. However, these are not prerequisites. We welcome applications from candidates who have studied any serious academic subject at university.
We offer up to three pupillages of 12 months’ duration each year. We aim to develop in our pupils the skills, knowledge and sound judgment they will need to become successful commercial barristers. During their first and second six months, pupils sit with up to three pupil supervisors and are exposed to a wide range of high quality commercial work. Tenancy decisions are made at the end of June. Pupils also undertake advocacy and written assessments throughout their pupillage.
How and when to apply
Quadrant Chambers uses the Pupillage Gateway to manage its applications. Thereafter our process involves a series of interviews and a test set. Please see our website for further details.
Mini-pupillages are available in March/April, July, September and December of each year. Places are limited. Please see our website for details.
Pupils receive an award of £65,000, part of which may be advanced during the BPTC year. Pupils also have the opportunity to do fee-earning work during their second six.