Head of chambers
Mr Neil Block QC, Mr Stephen Tromans QC
Thirty Nine Essex Street is a long-established civil set. We currently have 94 members, including 30 QCs. We have several members on each of the Attorney General’s A, B and C panels for civil litigation. We pride ourselves on our friendly and professional atmosphere. Chambers is fully networked and our clerking and administrative services are of a high standard. We work very hard, but we also have extensive social, sporting and professional development activities.
Administrative and public law: all aspects of judicial review; local government; mental health and community care; environmental and planning; human rights; European Union regulation.
Commercial and construction law: construction and engineering; general commercial; insurance and reinsurance; employment; media, entertainment and sports.
Common law: personal injury; clinical negligence; professional negligence; product liability; health and safety; toxic torts.
Thirty Nine Essex Street is an equal opportunities employer.
We take up to three 12-month pupils a year. During the pupillage year, each pupil will be rotated among four pupil supervisors, covering a broad range of Chambers’ work. The pupils will also do a number of assessed pieces of written work for other members of Chambers. Pupils work only 9:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday.
Chambers is a member of OLPAS. Applicants should consult the OLPAS timetable.
Mini-pupillage is a very useful tool for the assessment by chambers of candidates and vice versa. It is not a prerequisite for potential pupils, but since it is likely to increase the chances of the able candidate in obtaining pupillage, we encourage those intending to seek pupillage to apply for mini-pupillage if they can. There are limited places available. Minipupillages are normally for a week. They commence in January and continue until June. Applications should be made between 1 September and 30 November, and (save in exceptional circumstances) while applicants are in their final year before undertaking the BPTC. Selection takes place between 1 December and early January. (please check website for details). The deadline for acceptance of offers is mid-January.
Each 12-month pupillage comes with an award, £47,500 for 2012-13. Of this, up to £8,000 may be drawn down during the year before pupillage commences. Awards and offers are all conditional on passing the BPTC.
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
Civil law encompasses a very broad range of legal issues, including those relating to contract, tort, probate and trusts.
Civil liberties & human rights
Human rights law is essential for a fair society where all are protected, including the vulnerable.
Typically, common law chambers are multidisciplinary and are divided into practice groups so members can develop and maintain specialisations.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes by way of litigation, mediation, adjudication or arbitration.
Employment lawyers handle a variety of issues, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, equal pay and whistleblowing claims.
European Union and international
Employment barristers may appear before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, international tribunals and domestic courts.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Planning law regulates the way property owners use and develop their property in the interests of the wider community.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.
Sports & entertainment
Among the different types of client are professional athletes; their managers, coaches and agents; sports clubs and brand sponsors.