Monday 8 April 2013
First year undergraduate Law student Charlotte Seymour won a three-day ‘mini-pupillage’, or internship, at the prestigious Blackstone Chambers.
Charlotte won the pupillage through entering an essay competition organised by QM’s Bar Society and Blackstone Chambers. Her essay topic was ‘When, if ever, should the ordinary demands of a fair trial give way to the needs of national security by the use of a closed material procedure?’
Blackstone Chambers have been established for over 50 years, and are consistently ranked as a leading set, specialising in commercial law, public law and human rights, and public international law, amongst other areas of practice. They were named Chambers of the Year in the 2011 Lawyer Awards.
Tom de la Mare QC, from Blackstone Chambers, pictured above with Charlotte, judged the competition and said that he was very impressed with Charlotte’s essay, particularly as she is a first year student and has not yet covered the topic in lectures.
Charlotte spent three days in February at Blackstone Chambers under the supervision of three junior tenants. This gave her the opportunity to try her hand at their work, which included reviewing the instructions for a current dispute. She was also meet with Anthony Peto QC to discuss the latest amendments to the Justice and Security Bill. On her final day she attended a case at the Supreme Court with two counsel from Chambers who were representing the Ministry of Defence.
Charlotte said: “Overall this was a wonderful opportunity which undoubtedly gave me a much stronger understanding of the varied work of a barrister.”
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