Below is a distillation of your comments. I have added in the names of the Heads of Chambers because some of the places about which comment has been made have more than one set in one address. If I’ve got it wrong, please email me.The views – I think I ought to make this clear – are not mine. Any set of Chambers who would like to respond will have their response posted if they ask…
Interestingly, a number of Chambers make it onto both lists. That suggests that different things please different people and that these are subjective judgements, which is fair enough. There is, however, no excuse for rudeness.
Unsurprisingly, the things that bug most of you are silence (which is a form of rudeness), failure to give feedback and failure to organise things properly. Either the Chambers concerned save those things up for the pupils – in which case they should be ashamed of themselves – or they are not running their practices properly.
Wall of Shame:
- 2 Temple Gardens – Benjamin Browne QC (marketing exercise)
- Mitre Court – J M Burton(don’t respond to applications)
- 15 New Bridge Street – Patrick Upward QC (rude and uncaring)
- 3 Temple Gardens – John Coffey QC (silence).
- 1 Mitre Court Buildings – Lord Gifford QC (silent and rude when asked about progress)
- Pendragon Chambers – Sara Rudman (silence and vacillation)
- 39 Essex Street – Richard Wilmot-Smith QC (unpleasant and confrontational interview)
- 1 Pump Court – no Head of Chambers discernible (silence)
- Matrix – Anthony White QC (points scoring system that means you need a 1st but doesn’t say so)
- Goldsmith Chambers – Philip Sapsford QC (late response and promised interview never arrived)
Buttress of Acclaim:
- 2 Temple Gardens – Benjamin Browne QC (well-organised)
- 7 Bedford Row – Kate Thirlwall QC (lovely people who do what they say they will do, helpful with arrangements and good feedback).
- 187 Fleet Street – Andrew Trollope QC (prompt and helpful feedback)
- Argent – Harenda de Silva QC (quick and efficient)
- QEB Hollis Whiteman – Rebecca Poulet QC (fluffy)
- Garden Court North – Ian MacDonald QC (lovely rejection letter)
- Queen Square Bristol – Don Tait (prompt and courteous rejection)
- 25 Bedford Row – Rock Tansey QC (helpful arrangements, prompt and good feedback)
- St John’s Chambers, Bristol – Richard Stead (thoroughly friendly)
- 5 Essex Court – Richard Perks (helpful and good feedback)
- 39 Essex Street – Richard Wilmot-Smith QC (nice and interested)
- 1 Temple Gardens – Nigel Wilkinson QC (old-school and interested)
- 4/5 Gray’s Inn Square – Timothy Straker QC & Robert Griffiths QC (good interview)
A very special mention on the Wall of Shame goes to the Pupillage Portal itself. I do hope that those responsible for it read this and actually ask for some help and advice next time around. The poll below might help.