Atkin Chambers Barristers
Pupillage is unique. For me, it was characterised by a mixture of learning, fulfilment, hope, novelty and, at times, a sprinkling of nerves and awe. The learning came in spades and included a great mix of the legal and the practical: from black-letter law to the conducting of a conference; from the realisation that pleadings could be hundreds of pages long to the drafting of some of those pages; from the technical complexities of a water treatment plant to the correct mode of address for a Master. I always felt involved in the work which my pupil supervisors were doing, and that participation led to a sense of fulfilment, coupled with the hope that, in the not too distant future, I might be doing that work on my own account. The novelty came from understanding for the first time how academic law is used in practice. Chambers was and remains a very friendly working environment within which to learn; and pupils are very much welcomed into the social life of chambers too.