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Chancery barristers

Chancery barristers deal with litigation before tribunals ranging from the District Judge in a County Court to the House of Lords, as well as in many foreign jurisdictions. They also draft a wide variety of commercial and property documentation. Modern chancery work is split into two areas – traditional and commercial chancery.

Litigation, advice and drafting are undertaken in the following areas: banking, charities, commercial contracts, companies, financial services, fraud, injunctions, insolvency, intellectual property, joint ownership, landlord and tenant, media, mortgages, partnerships, pensions, probate, professional negligence, real property, revenue, torts, trusts, settlements and wills.

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What you can expect

During pupillage you'll attend court with your pupil supervisor and assist with paperwork. You will probably start your own courtroom experience by dealing with simple landlord and tenant actions and insolvency cases towards the end of a 12-month pupillage. Once qualified, you'll gain more independence, specific expertise and may even have the opportunity to work offshore, depending on the type of work you take on. You can expect a fascinating and financially rewarding career, especially if you're willing to work into the evenings and over the weekends.

Tip for success

To succeed as a chancery barrister you will need:

  • The ability to assimilate complex information
  • Research skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Business judgement
  • Analytical skills
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