updated on 09 March 2020
From motoring offences and juvenile misdemeanours, to fraud and regulatory breaches, to extremely serious crimes such as murder, abuse and terrorism – London’s crime sets handle just about every kind of violation you might imagine. Research the focus and reputation of the sets you are hoping to apply to and look at the biographies of juniors and seniors. You may spot an emphasis on defence or a focus on a particular type of crime. Some, for example, specialise in terrorism and extradition; others are boosting their regulatory practices, perhaps in specific sectors such as sport, professional discipline or health and safety. Pupillage involves a baptism of fire, early advocacy and court visits across the capital and beyond. Those motivated primarily by money should look elsewhere.
To find out more about life as a barrister at a crime set, see this profile of Helen Law of Matrix Chambers.