Name: Hannah Knight
Chambers: 3 Verulam Buildings
Degree: LLB Law
University: University College London
Studied BPTC at: BPP Holborn
Hobbies: Kickboxing, cycling, tennis
How many rounds of applications did it take to get pupillage? 1
Number of interviews attended: 3
Why did you decide to train as a barrister?
I wanted a career that would be challenging, with plenty of variety and with limited scope for getting bored at work. I also liked the idea of being self-employed and taking responsibility for my own cases.
What was the toughest pupillage interview question you were asked (at any chambers) and how did you answer?
Not necessarily the toughest, but one of the few I can remember…
During one interview I was asked to imagine a scenario where I had been put in competition with one other pupil for a single offer of tenancy. Shortly before the tenancy decision was made, I discovered that my fellow pupil had on a number of occasions taken credit for my work in order to better his chances. I was asked whether I would report this to the pupillage committee or, if not, why not?
I said that I would not report this to the pupillage committee immediately, as I would rather speak directly to the other pupil and encourage him to correct the position.
Tell us a bit about the type of work you’re doing at the moment…
Last week I was on my feet for the first time, representing a client in a small claims trial. The claim was brought by a bank to recover a series of mistaken payments made to a former customer.
Taking on my first case was challenging as it required me to bring together everything that I’d learned over the course of my pupillage. This meant not only completing tasks with which I had become familiar (drafting skeleton arguments and preparing submissions), but also getting to grips with new and important aspects of case management (preparing bundles, liaising with solicitors and dealing with a litigant in person).
The most interesting part of the trial was cross-examining the witness.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
The satisfaction of working hard to achieve a successful outcome.
What aspect of the job have you found most difficult to get to grips with?
Long hours spent in isolation!
What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?
Grey hairs at the age of 25 – see above!
Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?
An email from a fellow barrister telling me to stop working and go and enjoy my holiday!
What’s your best ‘in court’ anecdote so far?
Observing one witness so reluctant to be cross examined that he turned his back almost entirely on counsel throughout.
Which member of chambers (barrister or otherwise) would you want to be on the run with in the event of a zombie apocalypse, and why?
Adam Kramer – I’ve played football with him on the 3VB team and know that he’s quick off the mark.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
- I’ve done a bungee jump in New Zealand
- I have twin sister who’s a police officer
- In the next couple of years I plan to get a pug.
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career as a barrister?
Get as much work experience as you can so you have a clear idea of want you want to do and why.
And finally, barristers tend to have a lot to say, so please feel free to add any extra words of wisdom here
Never turn up late to advocacy assessments!