Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Essex Court Chambers

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

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

Why did you choose these chambers over any others? 

‘Quality and diversity of work’, ‘it genuinely feels like a family. Everyone is incredibly friendly and warm, and that was apparent to me from my mini-pupillage and from when I met further members of chambers after getting an offer. Essex Court also had the broadest range of work of any of the sets that I had offers from, which allows me to have a very broad, varied practice’ 

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

‘I think it is better’, ‘first, there was more support from within chambers during pupillage than at other sets. The juniors regularly took us pupils out for drinks and for lunches, and because no one other than the pupillage committee has a say in whether you get taken on, as a pupil I felt like I was able to speak openly with the juniors about how pupillage was going. Second, we were supervised by far more members of chambers than many of my fellow pupils at other sets. As a result, we got to know a significant proportion of members of chambers before starting as tenants. That also meant we were exposed to the full range of chambers’ practice areas’ 

What is the best thing about the chambers? 

‘The work and the people – in equal measure’, ‘the members! Everyone is really friendly and warm. As a result, members of chambers genuinely enjoy spending time at social events together’ 

What is the worst thing about the chambers? 

‘Feeling a bit too busy and stressed and out of my depth at times’, ‘to be honest, I struggle to think of anything I would really change!’ 

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

‘Getting tenancy’, ‘cross-examination training with Andrew Hochhauser QC!’ 

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

‘Aspects of pupillage which felt lonely and isolating’