Fact check: Oxbridge-obsessed chambers claims to be a ‘varied and diverse place’

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By Thomas Connelly on

20 Essex Street Chambers gets carried away on Twitter


Commercial specialists 20 Essex Street recently launched the Twitter account 20 Essex St Pupils, the purpose of which is to offer aspiring barristers invaluable careers advice directly from their pupils.

Under the strapline of “freshly squeezed tips,” the account proudly tweeted yesterday what appeared to be a direct quote from one of its current pupils.


The chambers — that offers four pupillages each year, with a financial award of £60,000 — encourages applicants to apply because they are a “diverse” and “varied” bunch of barristers.

We at Legal Cheek thought we’d see just how diverse their most recent cohort of tenants are.


Perhaps it’s “diverse” in the sense that some tenants didn’t obtain a double first?