Brick Court keeps all five of its pupils in “exceptional year”

Brick Court Chambers has retained all five of its pupils as tenants this year, the greatest number it has kept on in two decades.

All five of its pupils will become tenants, split between public and commercial law.

Julian Hawes, joint senior clerk, said: “We normally recruit five into pupillage and we will then take a selection of those five. We just caught an exceptional year. This is the most we’ve ever taken in the 20 or so years that I have been here.”

He explained that the chambers does not take business needs into account when keeping its pupils on as tenants but instead bases its decision on the quality of the individuals recruited.

Commenting on the current trend for chambers to withdraw pupillages in publicly-funded areas of law, Hawes said that Brick Court Chambers was not overly reliant on publicy-funded work aside from work comissioned by the Treasury and said that it did not place pupils into the publicly-funded bar.

Both Tooks Chambers and Charter Chambers have decided to wihdraw their pupillages for publicly-funded law for 2013. Charter Chambers’ senior clerk Ian Payne asserted that legal aid cuts would “destroy the whole notion of pupillage” (3 May 2013).

Charter barrister Henry Grunwald QC added: “Any set of chambers which is dependent on public work for its fee income will be in a very difficult position.” 

A total of four barristers at Brick Court Chambers, which is ranked as number one in The Lawyer’s Bar Top 30, took silk in 2013 (27 February 2013).