Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Clerksroom Chambers

The lowdown - Pupils (in their own words) on Clerksroom Chambers

We sent The Lex 100 Pupil Barrister survey to pupils and juniors up to two years in tenancy at Clerksroom Chambers. Here is what they had to say:

Why did you choose these chambers over any others? 

‘There is a good work/life balance and they are open to candidates from diverse backgrounds e.g. solicitors switching to the Bar’, ‘flexible, modern and progressive outlook’, ‘I liked the transparency, inclusivity and welcoming attitude’, ‘approachable, down to earth and realistic’, ‘structurally different from traditional chambers’ 

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

‘I had daily contact with my pupil supervisor and he ensured that I was well prepared before I was on my feet’, ‘I’m unsure how it compares, but I was happy with the training I received’, ‘the clerks and barristers are approachable and friendly’ 

What is the best thing about the chambers? 

‘The flexible working environment and collegiate atmosphere’, ‘control of my own calendar and being able to do as much or as little work as I like. The senior members are very approachable and helpful’, ‘the flexibility of working remotely and being tailored towards that flexibility’, ‘professional but relaxed attitude’, ‘the clerks and barristers are approachable and friendly’ 

What is the worst thing about the chambers? 

‘Lack of regular and easy interaction with other barristers’, ‘because members work remotely from all over the country, we don’t see members as often as we may like and it means to bounce ideas off each other we have to call or meet remotely’, ‘being a remote chambers, you rarely meet other members of chambers’ 

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

‘Being on my feet and successfully putting forward arguments’, ‘positive feedback from my supervisor and clients’, ‘attending a High Court hearing on an interesting media law matter’, winning cases and learning from those I don’t’, ‘the welcome notes and support from existing members of chambers’ 

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

‘Starting pupillage during lockdown’, ‘losing cases’