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39 Essex Chambers

  • Up to 3 Pupillages
  • 128 Tenants
  • 7 Tenancies in last 3 years

About 39 Essex Chambers

Long established civil set with 128 members, including 43 QCs. Chambers has several members on each of the Attorney General's A, B and C panels for civil litigation. Chambers prides itself on its friendly and professional atmosphere.

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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.

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81 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1DD
Phone: 020 7832 1111
Mini-pupillages: Yes
Minimum qualification: 2.1