As my pupillage start date approached, I began to feel more than a little nervous about the year ahead. My hope is that these short paragraphs show how foolish those feelings were. Pupillage at 7BR has been an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience and really, a standout year.
From the moment I started, I was made to feel welcome and part of chambers by my supervisor and any member I met. I was also integrated swiftly into my supervisor’s busy civil practice. In a matter of days, I had been in expert conferences, High Court applications, and had the chance to get stuck into plenty of paperwork. The time flew by; I felt settled and that I was given plenty of opportunities to develop the skills necessary to succeed at the Bar.
After a Christmas break, I turned to family and then to criminal law. The workload increased as I prepared to take on my own cases. However, what didn’t change were the continued efforts to make me feel a part of Chambers, and to expose me to engaging, challenging and rewarding work.
There is nothing like the feeling of being on your feet the first time, and Chambers ensures you are ready for this special day. There is very much an ‘open door’ policy and everyone is on hand to help in those early months. This continues into tenancy, and it is something Chambers prides itself on.
A month or so into tenancy, I enjoy a very diverse practice that I find genuinely interesting every day. I am frequently in court on increasingly complex civil, criminal and family matters. I am also developing a paper practice with a more commercial focus.
I feel grateful to have joined a set with a truly collegiate spirit and one where you can expect to start your career doing varied, complex and quality work.