Jaime Hamilton QC, Helen Longworth, and Adam White were pleased to speak to students interested in a career at the criminal Bar last week as part of a series of careers events for students at the University of Law.
The session was organised by Nigel Booth, who is currently teaching the criminal litigation, evidence, and sentencing module on the Bar Training Course at ULaw’s Manchester campus and who remains a member of Chambers.
Jaime, Helen, and Adam gave an overview of the sorts of cases each of them deals with and what a typical day looks like for those practising in crime at their respective levels of seniority. As such, the students heard about the full spectrum of work undertaken in the criminal courts, from prosecuting lists in the magistrates' courts to defending in lengthy murder trials in the Crown Court.
The talks were followed by a question and answer session, with the students asking questions on a variety of topics, such as the future of the criminal Bar, applying for pupillage, and the difficulties facing both practitioners and aspiring barristers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of Chambers are conscious of the difficulties students are currently facing and are eager to continue offering support and guidance to those considering a career at the Bar. Chambers recently hosted our first virtual mini-pupillage event, and we are currently considering applications for the 9SJS Access Award, which was launched in November of last year.
Our thanks go out to Nigel and ULaw Manchester’s Campus Dean, Amanda Hedayati, for their invitation.