A Pupil's View

BY BENJAMIN GRAY

I came to Littleton because I wanted a thorough and comprehensive training with some of the leading practitioners at the Bar in areas of law that involves both the intellectual challenge of the law and the practical challenge of contested litigation.

Pupillage here is challenging, but manageable.  You are given responsibilities from the start.  Right from the beginning of my First Six I was working on live cases, providing research and assistance that was used and valued by members of chambers.  At one point I was even writing advice on complex points of law for a high-value case in the EAT.  Advocacy and written exercises will stretch you, but the challenge is never unrealistic.

The year is well-structured, preparing you thoroughly for practice.  You get exposed to the set's key practice areas, and there is an effort to ensure that you see work at all call brackets, from complex litigation in the High Court and Court of Appeal, to basic entry-level work in the Employment Tribunal.  The pace is sensible, easing you in to life as a pupil then as a tenant.  This is all backed up by friendly and supportive colleagues, who are keen to see you succeed.

Littleton's key specialist areas are commercial and employment law.  This offers pupils and junior tenants the ability to get involved in advocacy and take on significant responsibilities at a comparatively early stage for the civil Bar.  In the Second Six you will often be sole counsel in contested litigation, with responsibility for not only the legal and advocacy aspects of a case, but also its strategic, tactical and practical elements.  You can be cross-examining, negotiating or planning litigation in a number of fields with experienced professional and lay clients looking to you to give practical, commercial advice.  Though this may sound intimidating, your pupil masters and other members of Chambers are there to support you throughout the year and into tenancy as well.

Littleton offers not only a fantastic place to learn the ropes of being a barrister, but also an excellent place to practice.  If you want a well-rounded pupillage, with high quality training, stimulating work and lots of advocacy, Littleton is definitely the place for you. Come and talk to one of us at the Pupillage Fair or have a look on our website.

After Benjamin graduated in 2009 he successfully completed pupillage at Littleton and was offered full tenancy in 2012. He currently practices in commercial, employment, insolvency and regulatory law and is regularly instructed as sole counsel in cases of varying complexity and length, and is also instructed as junior.