Head of chambers
Mr Michael Furness QC
We are one of the leading commercial chancery and business law sets of chambers in the UK, comprising of 71 specialist barristers, including 34 QCs. Our barristers are involved in some of the most intellectually challenging and legally significant matters undertaken by the Bar today.
Our principal areas of practice include arbitration, banking and financial services, civil fraud and investigations, commercial litigation, company, insolvency and restructuring, information technology, media and entertainment, pensions, professional liability, property, trusts, tax, probate and estates.
You should possess high intellectual ability, excellent communication skills and a strong motivation to do commercial chancery work. You need to be mature and confident, have the ability to work with others and analyse legal problems clearly, demonstrating commercial and practical good sense. We have a minimum requirement of a 2.1 degree in law or another subject, and we have a track record of taking on GDL students, as well as undergraduate law students, as pupils and as tenants.
We offer up to three 12-month pupillages. We provide an excellent pupillage and operate a well-structured programme aimed at providing you with a broad experience of commercial chancery practice. You will sit with different pupil supervisors with whom you will be able to develop your skills.
A key feature of pupillage programme is that our pupils are not in competition with one another for a tenancy. We assess each pupil solely on their own abilities and performance, with a view to taking on both pupils as tenants at the end of their time with us.
Pupillage applications should be made via the Pupillage Gateway. Please refer to the Gateway for all relevant dates.
We run four mini-pupillage weeks with two weeks held in November/December, one at Easter and one in July. Please visit our website for an application form and further information on when to apply. See website for details of application dates.
A pupillage award of £65,000 (for pupillage starting in October 2020) is offered to all pupils. The award is payable in monthly instalments and up to £20,000 of the award may be drawn down during the BPTC year. We fund attendance at the compulsory courses which pupils are required to undertake by the Bar Council. We also provide an interest free loan to assist with cash flow during the early stages of practice.
Banking & finance
Barristers and banks generally cross paths when something costly has gone wrong in relation to a transaction or product.
Traditional chancery includes trusts, probate, real property and tax, while commercial chancery covers a range of finance and business disputes.
Civil law encompasses a very broad range of legal issues, including those relating to contract, tort, probate and trusts.
Company law is relevant to almost everything a company does, from filing annual returns to proper procedure in relation to board decisions.
Some of the biggest insolvencies have billions of pounds at stake, so there can be lucrative work for barristers.
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.
Landlord & tenant/housing
Housing/landlord and tenant law embraces all aspects of residential and commercial tenancies covering issues like disrepair, human rights and succession.
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.
Property lawyers work on a range of transactions and disputes, involving offices, housing, retail developments and industrial units.
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.
Tax barristers advise and litigate on all aspects of commercial and personal tax issues.
Sports & entertainment
Among the different types of client are professional athletes; their managers, coaches and agents; sports clubs and brand sponsors.