Wednesday, 22 June 2011

"According to our very strict criteria . . . "

If I see the phrase "according to our very strict criteria" again, I think, I will most likely throw my laptop against the wall.

It is of course pupillage season and after many rejections, some interviews, and some further rejections on top of that, I am becoming enraged with the lack of feedback or clear guidance offered by most chambers.

1. What is this strict criteria they speak of?
2. Why won't they publish it?
3. It is quite clear that some chambers do not take anything less than Oxbridge, so why not say so?

Chambers could save themselves a lot of time and money by making it very clear who they want, rather than just being extremely generic.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Paralegal Opps - Bindmans

Bindmans is urgently looking for paralegals. If you have done the bvc but have yet to get a pupillage, this would be a fantastic opportunity to work in a leading criminal/human rights firm.

They are representing the 140 or so protesters that were arrested in F&M.

Good luck.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

The "Save" Button is a DEMON.

So it appears that I may have sent one criminal set, the previous answers for another pupillage application. Why couldn't they make saving your work automatic!!!

I guess I shall have to make up for this huge error by getting in a non-olpas application, due in for 11.


Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Boring, bland and not selling yourself very well.

I had approximately just spent 10 hours rehashing my pupillage applications. When I sent them off to a friend I thought my time and good intentions would pay off. Obviously not.

"Its fine. Its just boring, bland and not selling yourself very well".

At least that was one person's comment. Oh wait, their opinion was seconded by someone else that I know. More re-drafting was required.

Applications were then sent off in a tidal wave of flurry and panic, for other more senior people that I know to check.

They haven't responded.

It's 6:39am on Wednesday, 27th April 2011.

I'm wondering whether I should bother to apply at all.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Fortnum & Mason Protesters - Write to your MP.

Two of my friends were arrested for peacefully protesting in Fortnum & Mason. They are not UKUncut members. They decided to occupy F&M due to the large scale tax avoidance which the company allegedly operates.

The arrest and detention of 145 peaceful protesters in my view amounts to an abuse of process. This can clearly be seen in the footage obtained by the Guardian. Where the protesters were lied to by a Senior Police Office who gave them an express assurance, that the police wanted to make it "clear and safe" that the protesters would be allowed to leave the building. The officer stated that she wasn't aware that people would be detained outside. Such abuse by the police should not be tolerated.

I would therefore urge my readers (including the 100's of you that I have helped in your fight against TFL's prosecution policy) to please write to your MP. The letter is below. It will take a few minutes of your time.


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I am writing to you because I am deeply concerned by the manner in which the Metropolitan Police handled the recent demonstration in London against the government cuts to public services.

On the 26th March, 145 people were arrested during a peaceful demonstration against tax avoidance, then held for up to 36 hours in custody, and then charged with Aggravated Trespass.

It is my belief that the prosecution of these individuals is a waste of CPS, police and tax-payers' time and money, and is a threat to the democratic right to peaceful protest in the UK, through criminalising non-violent protesters.

I am also appalled at the misrepresentation of all those arrested on the 26th March by the Home Secretary and other Government Ministers. Those arrested have been described as “violent” and “thugs” which, given that 92% of those arrested were charged with aggravated trespass and are not suspected of committing violent offences, amounts to political manipulation and a grievous insult to the character of those arrested.

I am particularly concerned that:

  • the 145 peaceful protesters who were detained within Fortnum and Mason for their own safety, and whose protest action was described as “sensible” and “non-violent” action by the ranking police officer present on that day, were told they would be free to leave the store when the police deemed it safe to do so, only to be 'kettled' and arrested immediately following their departure;

  • those who were arrested, most of whom were held in police custody for 20-22 hours, had their phones and other personal belongings seized and were woken in the middle of the night to have their clothing seized, were treated disproportionately badly given the minor crime for which they were later charged;

  • these arrests and the media and political furore that surround them amount to political motivation designed to: gather intelligence on UKUncut (a network of peaceful protesters); intimidate those arrested (some of whom are as young as 14) to prevent them from taking part in future protests; take pre-emptive action to prevent peaceful and legal protest over the weekend of the Royal Wedding and Mayday, which all arrestees have now been prevented from carrying out following the implementation of bail conditions; and, to attempt to justify providing the police with further powers with which to stifle/disrupt legitimate protest.

I, like many others, have strong objections to the scale and depth of current cuts to public services, and whether you have sympathy or not, I hope that you support, and will defend, the right of individuals to express these objections through peaceful protest, without fear of criminalisation, and oppose the politically motivated prosecution of those arrested at Fortnum and Masons on the 26th March.

I would be interested in your view on this issue and grateful if you could raise my concerns with the relevant Ministers, and make representations on my behalf to the Crown Prosecution Service, and ask that the Government rethink these prosecutions, and their sustained assault on the right to peaceful process.

Yours sincerely,


Thursday, 31 March 2011

Pupillage Season - Criminal Pupillages

So the pupillage season is upon us (and I am aware I haven't updated this blog in a long time)

I am currently going through the frustrating process of filling in the form. It is irritating to say the least. How much do I say on one particular topic? Is it best to be concise i.e "I worked here for x months, I did X and X" or should we all say "Oh I had a jolly good time with my new BFF HHJ Temperamental?". Concise is the way forward I feel. Short sentences must be used. Explanations of areas of interest must be given. I must re-write the same answer for the pupillage questionnaire at the end 5 times.

I still can't find the appropriate section into which to put my mooting experience.. perhaps the responsibilities and awards section?

I also wonder why I am applying. I am due to be going off to a foreign country to work on death penalty cases for three months and therefore will probably miss all of the interviews anyway :(

In any event I have made a list of all London Chambers offering a pupillage that are either crime only sets, or have it as a specialism.

The list is as follows; I have made note of who the Chambers are, pupillage award and number of pupillages. They are all to begin in Sept 2012.


  • - 6KBW (£20-£25K or it has been said elsewhere £31,000) NofP: 3
  • - 2 Hare Court - (£20-25k) 2012 - 2
  • - Matrix (£25-£30k) - 2
  • - Argent Chambers (£10-15K) – 2
  • - 5 Paper Buildings (£20-25k) – 2
  • - QEB - (£20-25k) – 4
  • - 3 Raymond Buildings - (£30k) – 3
  • - 18 Red Lion Court - (£15-20k) – 4
  • - 5 St Andrews Hill - (£10 - £15k) – 2
  • - 2 Bedford Row – (£20-25K) – 4
  • - 9 Bedford Row - (£10-£15k) - 0
  • - 25 Beford Row - (£15-20k) 4
  • - Tooks – (£15k – £20k) 2
  • - 9 – 12 Bell Yard - (£25k-£30) – 3
  • - Charter Chambers - (£20k-£25k) – 2
  • - Carmelite Chambers – (£15k-£20k) - 3
  • - 23 essex street – (£20-£25k) 2
  • - 187 fleet street – (£10-15k) – 2
  • - Garden Court - (£15- 20k) – 6
  • - Doughty Street – (£25k – 30k) - 3
  • - 15 new bridge street *£10k- 15k) – 2
Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Results are in...

So I found on Tuesday that I passed my masters with Merit. I gained enough in my dissertation in order to be eligible to be accepted onto a PhD programme if I wanted to.

However . . .

I must say I wasn't very happy about the result and I spent some time beating myself up about it. I asked for some feedback and I was told that if anything I was probably slightly too descriptive in some places.

I've spoken to friends and they all say this is a good result, however I know that there will be others wanting to go to the Bar, into the same area of law, that will probably have masters degrees who obtained distinctions. I know that if I wanted to go on and do a PhD there would also be applicants with Distinctions.

So after being slightly disappointed with my result, I was told that I should try and get an article or two out of it! I am not sure exactly how possible this is. Given that I am currently very busy being unemployed. I may have to schedule in some time between eating, smoking and watching Come Dine With Me.