Equality and Diversity
In accordance with the Bar Code of Conduct, our recruitment and selection processes use objective and fair criteria. We select candidates solely on merit irrespective of race (including colour, nationality, citizenship and ethnic or national origin), sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy/maternity, marital status or civil partnership, age, religion, belief (including political persuasion) or disability. Concerning disability, we will make reasonable adjustments to the application process for pupillage and tenancy for disabled applicants, and will consider making reasonable adjustments to facilitate pupillage and/or practice as a tenant in the event of a successful application.
All members of our selection panels are trained in fair recruitment and selection processes.
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We do not expect applicants to have any knowledge of commercial law when they apply to us and we recognise that many, in particular non-law graduates, will not have had an opportunity to study the areas of law in which we practise. We do, however, expect applicants to have the strong analytical and intellectual abilities that are necessary to meet the demands of commercial practice. For this reason, we do not interview candidates who do not have a first or a good upper second class degree, save in very exceptional circumstances.
It is also important that our pupils have the potential to become good advocates. For this reason we ask all applicants who are invited to an interview to prepare and present a short advocacy exercise, usually an application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. Applicants are accordingly assessed by reference to the following criteria:
A. Intellectual and analytical ability
A1 A first class degree or a good 2:1
A2 Other means of demonstrating intellectual ability
A3 Ability to absorb information from extensive documentation
A4 Ability to analyse documents and oral communications and to identify salient issues
A5 Written skills: ability to present complex ideas succinctly and persuasively in writing
A6 Attention to detail
A7 Sound judgement
B. Oral communication and advocacy skills
B1 Advocacy skills
B2 Oral skills: ability to communicate effectively with solicitors, clients, and experts
B3 Sound judgement in advocacy and oral communication
C1 Professional stamina
C2 Commitment to and capacity for hard work
C3 Ability to perform under pressure
C5 Sense of responsibility
D. Interpersonal skills
D1 Capacity to understand and to show understanding of the needs and problems of others
D2 Ability to work alone and as part of a team
E. Commitment to the Commercial Bar / tenancy at 7KBW
E1 Commitment to a career at the Commercial Bar
E2 Potential to make a contribution to the life of 7KBW more generally (e.g. by giving talks / seminars to solicitors / involvement in marketing activities)