Life as a Pupil Barrister

My experience since starting pupillage, in October 2015, has exceeded all expectations I had. I have been exposed to a variety of high quality work. As Becket is a mixed set, I have been able to gain experience and help from each member of chambers in their specialist area who have been supportive and encouraging. This has meant that I have been able to engage with them to learn from their expertise on a daily basis. Although busy it has allowed me to view work from all practice areas in all levels. Consequently, I have not only been actively involved attending court, but I have gained first hand experience of paperwork (researching a point of law, drafting an opinion and pleading). Throughout this I have also been through rigorous advocacy training ensuring my advocacy skills are always improving.

Prior to attaining pupillage, I participated in a mini-pupillage at Becket Chambers. I was most impressed by the commitment of members of chambers to supporting students and the local universities. Therefore after commencing pupillage, I endeavoured to help students myself by talking about the reality of life at the bar as a student and a pupil barrister. I hope to encourage those contemplating a career in the legal profession and give them advice. In the past few months I have delivered talks to Kent University, Canterbury Christ Church University and CATs College.

The talk provides students with a structured way of approaching law school. The focus is on what work or experience will help to gain an advantage when applying for training contracts or pupillages. I have had the pleasure of delivering a talk alongside Furley Page trainee solicitor, Melanie Christodoulou. This worked fantastically well as students had a chance to compare the similarities and differences of the two professions and how closely they work together. Providing the talk simultaneously also allowed students to appreciate, that when considering either, a lot of effort needs to be put into an application form. It was a great opportunity for me to work in partnership with another young professional and has led to invitations for other events. Not only does the talk offer a chance to encourage and help students but also it is a great way of networking to discover new talent.