Life as a Junior Tenant
Clara Hamer: Pupil (2013-2014), Tenant (Since October 2014)
Taking the step from pupil to junior barrister is exciting and rewarding but presents a fresh challenge, as you learn to work more independently, build relationships with clients and solicitors, manage your diary, and get to grips with the financial and regulatory side of your practice. However the supportive atmosphere at One Brick Court, and the strong foundations laid by pupillage, made this early period a lot less daunting than it might otherwise have been and really helped me settle into my practice.
I found there was plenty of interesting and diverse work from day one, including opportunities to be led by silks, give pre-publication advice at national media organisations, and secondments. One Brick Court is fortunate to have a highly experienced, friendly and commercially astute clerking team, who offer a wealth of support and advice. Junior tenants have regular meetings with the clerks to monitor progress and assist with career development, and cash-flow is assisted by an introductory rent-free period.
One Brick Court is a collegiate and well-resourced set of chambers, with an “open door” policy. Members are approachable and welcoming, and there is always someone to turn to for mentoring, advice, or to bounce ideas off. This, coupled with opportunities to attend and speak at internal and external seminars, means that you continue to learn from colleagues’ expertise and experience long after pupillage, which is particularly invaluable while you find your feet. Life as a junior tenant is busy and demanding, but I couldn’t have hoped for a better environment than One Brick Court.