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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Pupillage

Selection Criteria

We apply the general selection criteria below at all stages of recruitment, with adjustment appropriate to particular stages as follows:

  • Prospective mini-pupils and pupils. Where it is unrealistic to expect a candidate already to have the requisite level of attainment, we look for potential.
  • Prospective lateral recruits. We also take account of the following: (a) whether the applicant has a successful, substantial and reasonably portable practice; (b) whether the applicant’s fields of practice, experience and seniority accord with our overall strategy for recruitment and business development.


General selection criteria

We aim to recruit individuals who possess, to a standard of excellence, the knowledge, skills and attributes required by the Professional Statement and necessary for a successful career at Twenty Essex. We attach particular importance to the following:

1
Legal ability, intelligence and analytical skills
  • A strong knowledge and understanding of relevant principles of law and procedure, coupled with excellent research skills.
  • Outstanding intelligence, in particular the ability to apply legal principles intelligently, also showing common sense, commercial awareness and good judgement.
  • The ability to analyse, in depth, complex facts and law, so as to identify the real issues, and devise appropriate, client-tailored, solutions or strategies.
2
Advocacy and communication skills
  • An exceptional ability to communicate (both in writing and orally) in a manner which is clear, precise, concise and well-structured.
  • Highly effective, eloquent and persuasive advocacy skills (both in writing and orally).
  • The ability to engage suitably and responsively with different audiences, and appropriately adapt styles and methods of communication.
3
Practice management and development
  • A commitment to building a successful practice in Chambers, devoting time and effort as required to effective business development.
  • The ability to manage a practice effectively and deliver consistently excellent client service.
  • High levels of motivation, self-reliance, determination, and organisational skills.
4
Working with others
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team, taking a leadership role where appropriate.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, and the ability to inspire confidence in other lawyers, clients and team members.
  • Respect for others, courtesy and sensitivity, regardless of background or circumstances.
5
Personal and professional standards and values
  • Honesty, integrity, independence and courage.
  • Compliance with professional standards and duties.
  • Active pursuit of equality and respect for diversity.

Our aim is to recruit the very best pupils who will stand an excellent chance of being offered tenancy. Our recruitment and selection of pupils is undertaken via the Pupillage Gateway portal.

Pupillage at Twenty Essex offers the opportunity to work with barristers at the top of their profession in a highly successful, international and friendly set at the cutting edge of commercial, EU, shipping and public international law.

Ordinarily it is our policy that any applicant for pupillage must have completed, or been offered, a mini-pupillage in chambers to be considered for a pupillage. However in the light of the disruption caused by Covid-19 we have suspended this requirement for those who will be applying for pupillage commencing in 2022.

Opportunities for 3rd six pupillage will be advertised via the Bar Council website and our own website. Such candidates are not always required to spend time in chambers before an offer is made. Applications are made by a CV and covering letter to the Pupillage Secretary. All applications are treated in the strictest confidence.

Any queries in respect of pupillage or mini-pupillage should be sent to pupillage@twentyessex.com

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