Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Park Square Barristers
The lowdown - Pupils (in their own words) on Park Square Barristers
We sent The Lex 100 Pupil Barrister survey to pupils and juniors up to two years in tenancy at Park Square Barristers. Here is what they had to say:
Why did you choose these chambers over any others?
‘Park Square Barristers is a brilliant set, with many barristers who are masters of their craft. I wanted to learn from these individuals. I also was keen to be in the north. Finally, my interview experience with the set was very positive, I felt that I was able to perform to the best of my abilities, and it became clear following that experience this would be my top choice of chambers’, ‘reputation, specialism, location’, ‘they are the biggest set on the northeastern circuit. Their range of expertise is brilliant and allows me to practise in many areas. They also have a brilliant reputation’
How does your training compare with what you have heard from pupils at other chambers?
‘I have only heard positive things from pupils I have met in Leeds. However, I am not in contact with many pupils in other locations at the moment’, ‘favourably. The support at PSQB is second to none and the junior end has a very active social scene’, ‘my training was very hands on. I was lucky enough to become great friends with my supervisor which was not something that many of my peers experienced. Now that pupillage is over, most people that I know do not have much, if any, contact with their supervisors but I still speak to mine everyday’
What is the best thing about the chambers?
‘The people. Chambers is an extremely welcoming and supportive place, and this has been the case from my very first day of pupillage’, ‘the support offered from members, both senior and junior’, ‘the camaraderie’
What is the worst thing about the chambers?
‘The sometimes-dodgy printers’
What has been the best moment of your training to date?
‘I was asked by my pupil supervisor to attempt to write an opening note for a trial we had starting the following week. I did not look at my pupil supervisor’s opening note until I had completed my own. When I compared them, there were both similarities and differences, my supervisor analysed and discussed my approach with me. This was extremely rewarding. I find my supervisor is always willing to answer my questions and suggest new and challenging tasks to help ensure that I feel prepared and confident in advance of the time that I will be “on my feet”’, ‘first trial in Leeds Magistrates’ Court. Securing a guilty verdict in an assault case’, ‘having been given enough work/opportunities in second six, I applied and was successful in achieving CPS grade 2 in the same month that I completed pupillage’
What has been the worst moment of your training to date?
‘Having sessions back to back to back’, ‘over prepping for trials that came in last minute, making me panic and upset’