About The Set

Hardwicke is an unstuffy and modern set that is increasingly geared around commercial law. With a strong corporate identity and offices in Lincoln's Inn that more closely resemble those of a City law firm than a chambers, this is a far cry from the fusty Inns of Court stereotype.

The set, which is led by chief executive Amanda Illing and joint heads PJ Kirby QC and Paul Reed QC, is becoming well known for international commercial litigation and arbitration, with many of its barristers working across different jurisdictions. Hardwicke also has specialisms in insurance, property, private client, professional negligence, and construction.



1 October-31 December 2016; 1 January-31 March 2017; 1 April-30 June 2017; 1 July-30 September 2017

Applications open: Year-round
Applications close: One month prior to start date

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Key Info

Juniors 69
QCs 8
Pupillages 2
Oxbridge-educated new tenants* 3/5

*Figure is for the five most junior members of chambers; does not include postgraduate studies


Pupillage award £55,000
BPTC advance drawdown £10,000

Gender Diversity

Female juniors 38%
Female QCs 25%