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Confessions from the Junior Commercial Bar [ONLINE]

Monday 29th of November 2021 13:00


Online via Zoom (joining link will be circulated via email)


13:00 - 14:30
Please ensure that you have joined before the event is due to start.
(Zoom Meeting ‘room’ will be open from 12:45)

Event Details

All members of the Inn are welcome to attend this event.

Isn’t commercial work really boring and lonely? Are commercial junior barristers actually ever on their feet? Do I need work experience in the business sector to be suited for the Commercial Bar? 

There are many common misconceptions about the Commercial Bar that can deter graduates from pursuing a career in this area of law. Fortunately, in this session, Sophie will help to dispel some of the common myths about the Commercial Bar. In her 10 years of commercial practise, Sophie has met many interesting clients, worked on both challenging and exciting cases, and found herself in some sticky situations; and she is here to answer any burning questions you may have about life as a commercial barrister.

This session will be hosted by Sophie Weber

Sophie Weber is a barrister at One Essex Court undertaking a wide range of commercial work in both litigation and arbitration. As well as acting as sole counsel, Sophie has experience of being led in substantial, complex and high-value litigation in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. She also has significant experience of international arbitrations and has acted as an English law expert in foreign proceedings. Sophie is fluent in German, French and Luxembourgish and has acted for both German and French clients and firms. Sophie is a member of the Attorney General's C Panel of Counsel.

This session is a repeat of the same talk on 06 October 2020. Students: you are only permitted to attend this session once.  If you book this event having already attended the previous session your booking will be cancelled by the Education Department.

Who can Attend

This event is for members only.

Qualifying Session Details

Click here to see details of the QS Requirements and how to be credited with the QS for this session

Learning Outcomes:

After this session, students should be able to:

  • Describe the different skills required of a junior barrister at the Commercial Bar and define tasks typically undertaken by junior commercial barristers.
  • Recognise and assess some of the ethical issues that may be faced by a junior barrister at the Commercial Bar.
  • Identify some of the procedural steps usually involved in a case in the Commercial Court.

Links to the Professional Statement, wider workings of the Bar, administration of justice or a public interest matter

The QS will align with these elements of the professional statement:

  • 1.4 / 1.9
  • 2.2 / 2.6
  • 3.1 / 3.5
  • 4.1.1

Click here to view the BSB's Professional Statement

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Bookings and Cancellations

Members of the Inn can buy tickets online by clicking ‘Add to Cart’.  Please note that you must log in to book (if you have not yet created a log-in please register first).  Alternatively you can buy tickets from the Treasury Office by calling 020 7427 4800.

Unless the event sells out earlier, booking will close the day before the event.  


Where we have a waiting list we will offer your ticket to someone else, so please do cancel your ticket if you are no longer able to attend by emailing

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Data Protection & Photography

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Times and details for this event are subject to change. Please check this webpage for the most up to date information.