Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Serle Court Chambers

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

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

Why did you choose these chambers over any others? 

‘Quality and breadth of work and friendly people’, ‘I received multiple offers, this was the one that felt the most welcoming based on initial conversations with members of chambers’ 

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

‘Very highly – feedback on every piece of work and work on live cases’, ‘comparable. On balance better and more live work, but few opportunities for oral advocacy. I do not see this as a problem in chancery practice’ 

What is the best thing about the chambers? 

‘The quality and breadth of work that comes across your desk right from day one’, ‘the atmosphere/people’ 

What is the worst thing about the chambers? 

‘Social activities have taken a while to come back post-Covid’, ‘the facilities could be improved in certain respects’ 

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

‘Producing a draft particulars of claim for my supervisor for a multi-million-pound fraud claim which required only minor amendments’, ‘assisting my supervisor (unled) in preparing and making an ex-parte application for a worldwide freezing order (WFO) and passport order’ 

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

‘Misunderstanding an aspect of an advocacy exercise’, ‘attempting to draft a PD 57AC-compliant witness statement in a complex Part 8 claim. Although that is a product of the rules rather than any negative aspect of my training’ 

How do you find the pro bono and CSR-related activities available within your chambers? 

‘Good, there is plenty of opportunity to get involved in pro bono work’, ‘largely directed towards CLIPS/Advocate/Fundraising’