Survey Results - Trainee feedback on 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings

The lowdown - Pupils (in their own words) on 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings

We sent The Lex 100 Pupil Barrister survey to pupils and juniors up to two years in tenancy at 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings. Here is what they had to say:

Why did you choose these chambers over any others?

‘The attitude I encountered on my mini-pupillage – open, friendly, informative and constructive. Stood head and shoulders above other chambers’, ‘friendly members of chambers, large junior end, areas of practice I wished to do’, ‘1. I had always witnessed client-focused, friendly and approachable attitudes displayed by chambers tenants in court. 2. I really valued the fact that they offered feedback to each applicant which was indicative of the overall ethos. 3. Chambers covers my desired areas of practice’, ‘very friendly and approachable during interview process’

How does your training compare with what you have heard from pupils at other chambers?

‘Outstanding’, ‘less competitive, pupils are not pitted against each other but marked individually’, ‘significantly better – consistent advocacy training, junior members very supportive (senior members also accessible, including members who have left to go to bench)’

What is the best thing about the chambers?

‘Friendly, supportive atmosphere’, ‘the junior end’, ‘the people and the collegiate working’, ‘supportiveness of members’

What is the worst thing about the chambers?

‘Lack of engagement from the senior end with the junior end’, ‘the lack of physical presence in chambers as a result of the pandemic’, ‘significant lack of face-to-face contact post Covid’

What has been the best moment of your training to date?

‘Working with a supportive supervisor on a daily basis’, ‘client appreciation after hard work’, ‘shadowing/marshalling both Crown Court and district judges’

What has been the worst moment of your training to date?

‘Financial remuneration’, ‘on one occasion I was supposed to join a remote hearing and the tenant forgot to forward the link in time’