About The Set
This top civil and commercial set is one of the highest payers of pupils at the bar. It’s is also one of the more diverse chambers, with women making up approaching half of its juniors and a quarter of its QCs.
With a broad range of high quality work – that spans banking & finance to sports law – 2 Temple Gardens is also an interesting place to train, with rookies given the opportunity to sample a variety of different areas before they specialise. Among a host of high profile silks at the set is Martin Porter QC, one of the country’s preeminent names for cycling law, banking law heavyweight Paul Downes QC, and dual-qualified Californian and English contract lawyer Jacqueline Perry QC.
What The Junior Barristers Say
The best thing about being a pupil at 2TG, is the “combination of civil and commercial work that you can’t do anywhere else”, says Emily Albou, a junior barrister at the set. You “really get an experience” of both. Albou, who studied law at Nottingham University, applied here for two key reasons: “the quality of work” and “the variety of areas” in which you can build experience as a pupil.
Pupils “get the chance to try so many things out, at top level”. The pupillage structure allows for a balance of seats across a range of commercial, personal injury, professional negligence, property and employment matters. For example, a current pupil is working on a big product liability case that’s worth £90 million. Albou describes the advocacy exercises as a particular highlight of her pupillage at the ambitious set.
There’s a “real focus on pupils” at the chambers. Albou is a dedicated mentor for a pupil. They regularly organise coffee meetings and lunches. The mentoring scheme is put in place to encourage “positive relationships” between pupils and barristers at all levels of experience. Albou notes that she’s still partnered with the mentor she’s had from pupillage. Once you’re buddied up, you get to keep your mentor indefinitely. Senior barristers are known to be generous with their time, “even if really busy and working on a trial for a long time”.