Becoming a Barrister: Beginning Pupillage with Catherine

This week Lawyer Monthly benefits from part 2 of One Pump Court’s pupillage series as it takes another personal look into the life of an upcoming barrister, as Catherine Philps discusses her first six months in the Family Team.

No two days of pupillage are the same. Each morning I travel to one of the Family courts in Greater London or beyond to meet my pupil supervisor or another barrister from chambers. I take my place as their shadow, watching as they take instructions from their client, negotiate with other counsel and eventually get called into court. Most days throw up a new set of facts, a new set of counsel and a new judge. Sometimes the issues to be resolved are straightforward. More often they are not. In the first half of my first six I’m focusing on Family law. I’ve learnt that any family practitioner needs to have a caring manner and ready access to tissues. I have seen how to tackle sensitive issu...

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