Michael Edmonds, Barrister, 4 Breams Buildings and Sumeer Chaudhry, Solicitor, BAC Solicitors will be at City to talk about their career paths as well as their day-to-day work. They will speak on selecting a set, mini-pupillages, training contracts, alternatives to traditional pupillage and advocacy opportunities within solicitors' firms.
You'll get insight into life as a pupil barrister and trainee solicitor.
The second half of the talk will cover how instructing counsel and solicitor work together:
- What role each lawyer performs
- How the interaction works best/worst
- How the relationship works in an example case - from police station to the Court of Appeal
- What do solicitors look for in counsel?
- What do counsel appreciate from solicitors?
- Direct access
There will be the opportunity to ask questions of Michael and Sumeer.
This event is organised jointly by Emily and The City University Bar Society - sign up for your place!
Wednesday 4th December - 5.30pm - C304 - Tait Building, Northampton Square.
The City University London Law Society has organised a panel event for the evening of Monday 25th November - featuring barristers from Matrix, Brick Court and Doughty Street chambers amongst others.
The barristers will talk about their life at the bar as well as giving information about their path to pupillage.
Where? ELG19 (Drysdale Lecture Theatre)
When? Monday 25th November @ 6.15
Open to all - no need to register!
Don't forget 'My path to a commercial pupillage' on Tuesday 26th.
A leading legal magazine has listed the top ten young barristers in England and Wales after contacting more than 350 solicitors, barristers, QCs and senior clerks to ascertain their views on the rising stars of the profession. 325 barristers were recommended before the final ten were profiled by journalist Ben Rigby for the magazine's annual Stars at the Bar list.
Seven of this top ten are graduates of The City Law School:
Simon Atrill Fountain Court Chambers (BVC, 2005)
Siddharth Dhar Essex Court Chambers (BVC, 2005)
Charles Raffin Hardwicke Chambers (BVC, 2005)
Amy Sander Essex Court Chambers (BVC, 2006)
Luke Pearce 20 Essex Street (BVC, 2007)
Can Yeginsu 4 New Square (GDL, 2007)
Michael Watkins One Essex Court (Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills, 2009)
Professor Carl Stychin, Dean of The City Law School, commented:
"It is tremendous to see our alumni achieving this level of recognition so early in their careers. Our rigorous professional programmes are well known for attracting some of the most able and hard-working students, so it is extremely gratifying to see them reaching their potential".
The Pupillage Advice Service puts on yet another must-see event, featuring Silvia Van den Bruel, Marketing & BD Manager at 11 Stone Buildings.
How to develop Commercial Awareness and market yourself in practice
When? Tuesday 5th November, 6.15pm
Where? Princeton Street, Room 13
“Being in the business of becoming a successful barrister"
Surely all it takes to become a successful barrister is to have an excellent law degree tucked under your arm and to possess the ability to dazzle the judge with your compelling advocacy? Our speaker would argue that in this day’s competitive environment, you probably need to arm yourself with a few extra tools. During this talk she will share a few practical tips and there will be time to ask any questions you may have.
Our speaker, Silvia Van den Bruel is Marketing & BD Manager at 11 Stone Buildings a leading Commercial/Chancery set. Between 2002 and 2007 she was Marketing Manager at Monckton Chambers which was nominated for ‘Best Marketed Chambers’ at the Legal Marketing Awards 2007.”
Read Ins and Outs of a Pupillage at 11 Stone Buildings. More Good than Bad on Legal Half Hour.
Open to current and prospective City Students
REGISTRATION REQUIRED - email the School Office.
Judicial Assistants work closely with their allocated Justices so the nature of the role varies, but everyone prepares short summaries of applications for permission to appeal; reads skeleton arguments and authorities, attends hearings and speaks to their Justices about particular appeals; as well as drafting press summaries of judgments. Research is also required for cases and extra-judicial speeches covering topics as varied as the legal history of the wife, the justiciability of foreign affairs in English courts and the treatment of economic torts in Australia.
Highlights of the year included the Assange extradition hearing and sequelae; Rabone, a very sad case concerning whether damages should be available to parents of a woman who committed suicide after release from voluntary mental health treatment and RT (Zimbabwe) in which the Supreme Court held that politically neutral asylum seekers could not be removed to Zimbabwe where they would have to declare allegiance to Zanu-PF.
The role is an extraordinary opportunity to observe on a daily basis advocacy from senior silks on complex and finely balanced points of law. One learns what to do from the best advocates (and, occasionally, what not to do). It is interesting to see how the Justices perceive points: which change minds, which lose cases and which are simply lost in the midst of argument.
I had previously undertaken only a year of legal study in the Graduate Diploma in Law at City University, although many Judicial Assistants have a law degree and/or the BCL. So for me, the opportunity furthered my legal education and understanding. I was exposed to the law of limitation in personal injury, aspects of shipping law, the finer elements of insolvency law and (for an English practitioner at least) more esoteric matters in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council such as Jamaican land law and that concerning the temporary promotion of Trinidadian prison officers. Not all of this will be directly applicable to my practice – but developing the intellectual stamina and flexibility needed to read into four difficult appeals in a week certainly will, as will the assurance acquired by diving frequently into an unknown area of the law and being forced to rapidly develop an understanding.
Report on Lecture by visiting Professor at City University London, Stephen Hockman QC:
Legal Services Reform: the impact on the Bar - 5th October 2011.
Mention legal services reforms and you will definitely catch the attention of any barrister or solicitor in the room. And chances are, he or she will have plenty to say on the subject, as did visiting Professor at City University, Stephen Hockman QC, who offered a fascinating insider’s view of this red-hot topic in legal circles.
Since the implementation of the Legal Services Act 2007 and the Bar’s revised Code of Conduct, barristers have wondered what their future will look like in a post-Clementi environment filled with economic concerns. Especially now that the traditional boundary between barristers’ and solicitors’ work has been crossed, with barristers being able to carry out a solicitor’s work.
Stephen Hockman tells us that the route to successfully integrating in these circumstances lies in the hands of barristers themselves. While regulation only establishes a minimum standard, “in the end, the only way in which a client can be guaranteed a good service from his lawyer is if that lawyer is sufficiently well-trained and motivated to provide the required level of service.”
In view of Bar Standards Board (BSB) decisions, many unanswered questions are foremost in many a barrister’s mind. Questions of whether the Bar Council will agree to amend its constitution so that it can become an entity regulator and if so, which entity will it decide to regulate? Will the Bar in chambers decide to emulate solicitors in adopting partnerships as the predominant practice mode and what effect will this have on the ethos of personal responsibility? And if members of the Bar decide to practice in LDP rather than in Chambers or in bar-only partnerships in significant numbers, what long-term effects will this have on the Bar Council in its regulatory role?
Jane McNeill QC, barrister at Old Square Chambers completed her GDL (then the CPE) at City in 1980 and specialises in the fields of employment and personal injury law. Ranked as a leading silk in the latest edition of both Chambers and Partners ("never less than fully prepared to bat off the slings and arrows") and in the Legal 500 ("methodical" and with "an edge in defending discrimination cases").
Alongside acting in some very high-profile discrimination cases, Jane also sits as a Recorder in the County Court, is a part-time tribunal judge and is the editor of the Equality and Diversity Code for the Bar.
Jane kindly did a great interview with the Lawbore blog, touching on how she reached where she is today, achieving a work/home life balance and what the Inns can do for you. She reflects on the Legal Services Act and how this may affect the Bar, and gives some tips on developing a specialism, getting experience and offers some insight into how different sets can differ tremendously.
You can read Jane's full profile on the Old Square website.
Don't miss this Careers Fair next month, blurb for the event as follows:
Many people are attracted to the idea of becoming a barrister, but may not know what area of law they want to specialize in. A career at the Chancery Bar is both diverse and intellectually stimulating, but many budding barristers don’t really understand what “chancery” is.
The Chancery Bar Association, which represents the interests of Chancery barristers, is holding a Careers Fair on 25 October 2010. The Chancery Bar Careers Fair gives those considering a career at the Bar the chance to attend a free event to find out what a career at the Chancery Bar involves. The day comprises a series of talks on becoming a barrister and different areas of chancery practice, followed by an opportunity to meet members of 26 chancery chambers providing pupillage.
Location: Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE (10am-3pm)
From 1-4pm today, the Guardian Careers site will be running a live Q & A session with an exciting panel of experts:
Derek Wood CBE QC, is a barrister at Falcon Chambers. He has been a recorder since 1985 and led the Bar Standards Board's "Review of Pupillage".
Tim Kevan is the author of the BabyBarista Blog for The Guardian and of the legal comedy novel 'Law and Disorder' which follows BabyBarista's pupillage year. He practised as a common law barrister in London for ten years before taking a break to concentrate on writing.
Ali Dewji is the president of the Middle Temple Students Association and will be beginning her pupillage in three weeks time.
Simon Myerson was called to the Bar in 1986, became a Recorder in 2001 and took Silk in 2003. He writes the "Pupillage: How to get it" blog and lives in Leeds with his wife, 4 children, 2 goldfish and a dog – all of whom are female. In his spare time he teaches adult education for the Hebrew University, swims, sails and compulsorily explores his feminine side.
Adam Kramer is the author of the book Bewigged and Bewildered: A Guide to Becoming a Barrister, and has been a barrister at commercial chambers 3 Verulam Buildings for five years.
Christopher Grout is currently approaching the end of his pupillage at 15 New Bridge Street, the Chambers of Patrick Upward QC. He read law at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne before studying for his Bar Exams at the College of Law in London.
Marcus Soanes is course director on the part-time Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at The City Law School. He will be online from 1pm — 2.30pm.
Robert McPeake is a barrister and principal lecturer on the LLM course, teaching advocacy, EU competition law, evidence, criminal litigation and sentencing at the City Law School. He will be online from 2.30pm _ 4pm.
You can send in your questions from now....