Saturday, March 27, 2010

Pupillage Portal - The preparation begins.

The day is nearly upon us when once again Bar aspirants will pull on their Quidditch uniforms, sit astride their brooms, and try to catch the golden snitch of pupillage. I have made my 12 choices, printed the sample application form found here, and am currently filling a folder with research on the 12 chambers to which I shall be applying.

I thought that it might be helpful for others pursuing a criminal pupillage to reproduce the list I have made of purely criminal sets in London that as far as can be discerned for their websites or the Pupillage Portal are going to us the Pupillage Portal for their recruitment this year. This has been whittled down from the list of chambers which have crime as an element of their work to those who specialise only in crime.

It also shows (where applicable) which band they are in from the 2010 edition of Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.

They are:

Dyers Buildings (Band 6)
Furnival Chambers (Band 5)
25 Bedford Row (Band 3)
1 Inner Temple Lane
18 Red Lion Court (Band 4)
Argent Chambers
2 Bedford Row (Band 1)
9 Bedford Row (Band 4)
9 - 12 Bell Yard (Band 4)
Blackfriars Chambers
Carmelite Chambers (Band 4)
Charter Chambers (Band 5)
Farringdon Chambers
187 Fleet Street (Band 5)
Atkinson Bevan Chambers (Band 5)
2 Hare Court (Band 2)
6 KBW - Chambers of David Fisher QC and David Perry QC (Band 1)
10 Kings Bench Walk
9 Lincoln’s Inn Fields (Band 6)
One Paper Buildings
Five Paper Buildings (Band 4)
QEB Hollis Whiteman (Band 2)
3 Raymond Buildings (Band 1)
3 Temple Gardens - Chambers of John Coffey QC
23 Essex Street (Band 5)

Please let me know if I have missed any out. All the best and good luck


Sunday, January 31, 2010

I know it's been a long time but life is busy...

I know that this has been the longest period of inactivity on this blog for a very long time and I am sure that the miniscule readership that I previously had has now disappeared but with a bit of spare ime on my hands I thought it would be good to post this short message as a way of getting the ball rolling again and posting more often.

The BVC has been harder than I expected not in terms of complexity but purely in the absolutely mind blowing amount of work that is required by BPP. I must admit that there have been a few wobbles this term about whether or not this was a wise choice, however three VCs and an Outstanding in the recent round of assessments has helped. This has given me a new vigour and enthusiasm for the course, and with missing out on an outstanding in advocacy by very few marks (2% to be exact), I am determined to go the extra mile in the next assessments.

The big surprise of these marks was the outstanding for Legal Research which I was sure was going to be a pile of crap and score a low competent if that. Wonders never cease. Before I sign off I just wanted to let you know that the next post will be on the two recent cases involving mothers helping their children to die. I may also post on my impressions of the Chilcot inquiry.

All the best