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London: crime sets

updated on 08 March 2023

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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’re 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 Ini Udom at 5 St Andrew’s Hill.