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5RB – 12 months – October 2024

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Pupillage Vacancy Information

The pupillages will each carry an award of £40,000. A new tenant can expect their first-year earnings to significantly exceed this level.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion

5RB is a modern and inclusive chambers, committed to promoting equality and diversity at the bar. In particular we have a good gender balance at all levels of seniority and we subscribe to a number of schemes that are aimed at increasing access to the profession for candidates from under-privileged and under-represented backgrounds. We will make reasonable adjustments to accommodate the needs of pupils with a disability. Anyone considering applying for pupillage is welcome to contact our Equality and Diversity Officer, Aidan Eardley KC, in confidence, to discuss any issues they may have in accessing chambers.

How to Apply

Aspiring barristers are invited to apply to chambers between Wednesday 4 January 2023 and Wednesday 8 February 2023 using the Pupillage Gateway application system to search for the relevant Pupillage Vacancy and selecting ‘Apply for this pupillage’.

In addition to the standardised Bar Council questionnaire, candidates will be asked to respond to the following questions from Chambers:

1.  Why do you believe you will make an excellent barrister? (In your answer, please identify any relevant experiences and skills that you believe will help you in your career).  (1,200 character limit)

2. Why do you want to join our chambers? (In your answer, (please explain why you are interested in our areas of practice) (1,200 character limit)

3. Is Elon Musk right to ban parody accounts (other than those explicitly identified as such) on Twitter? (1,250 character limit)

About AETO and Structure of Pupillage

5RB is the leading set specialising in all areas of media and communications law, including defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, data protection and information law, harassment, contempt of court and reporting restrictions. We are the only chambers to specialise exclusively in this fascinating field. Our 33 full-time members act for both claimants and defendants and provide advice and representation to the press, television, radio, book and online publishers, as well as to individuals including celebrities and other high-profile people, businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

Our members are regularly instructed in the most prominent and groundbreaking cases, recent examples of which include the ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel case the Duchess of Sussex’s privacy and copyright claim, the Duke of Sussex’s libel claim about his security arrangements, the litigation concerning the ‘Putin’s People’ book, the Johnny Depp libel case, the Cliff Richard privacy case and the ongoing phone hacking litigation. In the last few years, members have represented parties on appeals to the Supreme Court relating to serious harm to reputation (Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd), the public interest defence in defamation (Serafin v Malkiewicz), vicarious liability in data protection law (WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants) and the reasonable expectation of privacy in information about criminal investigations (ZXC v Bloomberg LP), as well as in many cases in the Court of Appeal. Several former members of 5RB have gone on to successful judicial careers.

We are seeking to recruit up to 2 pupils to start in October 2024, each with a view to tenancy.  Applicants will be expected to demonstrate very high intellectual ability, usually via academic achievement, and excellent interpersonal and advocacy skills (written and oral). We look for applicants with an aptitude for, and an interest in, practice as a barrister in our specialist areas; however prior knowledge of the law in these areas is not a requirement.

Pupils at 5RB benefit from spending periods with four different pupil supervisors, seeing a variety of styles and perspectives and receiving expert tuition in practice in media and communications law, including advocacy. We are proud of maintaining a very friendly and collegiate atmosphere, and that extends to how we interact with our pupils: we see pupillage very much as a learning experience rather than a gruelling examination, although pupils will need to demonstrate the high level of skills and conduct necessary for a successful practice if they are to be taken on as a tenant. The vast majority of our pupils in the past decade have been recruited as tenants (12/15) and we very much hope and expect that this will continue.

Any Other Relevant Information

Specialist services – Litigation, Public Access Work, Pro Bono

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