Henderson Chambers

About The Set

Henderson is a leading commercial and common law set, working with business and government on a wide range of legal issues. Much of chambers' work has an international element – something which is reflected in the month-long secondment that all its second six pupils take to a US law firm in Brussels.

Uniquely at the bar, Henderson has a dedicated pupillage website containing various videos and a detailed section on work experience and what it looks for in mini-pupils. This commitment to openness is illustrative of the set's wider culture, with even its hotshot QCs – among them one of the UK's foremost EU law experts, Sir Alan Dashwood QC – remaining down-to-earth and approachable.

What The Junior Barristers Say

“The juniors hang out all the time”, says Rachel Tandy, a junior barrister at Henderson Chambers, “it’s actually quite funny how much time we spend together”.

While doing a mini-pupillage at Henderson, Tandy “really liked the atmosphere”, which felt different to some of the “more traditional sets” that are around. “Everyone’s doors were open, people were chatting to each other, I liked everybody who I met”, she says. The “friendly and supportive vibe” has been consistent.

As Henderson is a broad commercial set, training in chambers exposes you to “a range of work”, which you can “narrow down later”. This means you can make better choices when deciding which areas of law you want to practise in. Chambers gives you the “opportunity to try a whole range of different practice areas”. This appealed to Tandy: “I came to law late and I still didn’t know what areas I would be interested in. The GDL doesn’t give you much time to figure that out," she says.

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Three days between January-April 2018

Applications open: Year-round
Applications close: 30 November 2017

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Key Info

Juniors 35
QCs 12
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 £50,000
BPTC advance drawdown £10,000

Gender Diversity

Female juniors 31%
Female QCs 0%

The Chambers In Its Own Words