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VACANCY: Assistant to a Barrister

14 Sep 2021

VACANCY: Assistant to barrister (civil) at Doughty Street Chambers.

The barrister’s work is centred around media and human rights, including cases of political significance and a focus on disability rights. The barrister is disabled, and engages assistants to support them in managing their disabilities as part of their fast paced and complex practice. Ad hoc shifts are available immediately on a self-employed basis, including regular evening work and some weekend work, with the potential for a role working at least 3 days a week. Rates are dependent on experience and competitive, starting at a minimum of £15ph. The work will be located at both Doughty Street Chambers and at the barrister’s home office in Hackney.

Applications: Applications consisting of a CV and covering letter, or any requests for further information about the role (including a person specification) should be emailed to: j.macdonald@doughtystreet.co.uk. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to apply early. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2021.

Key duties and responsibilities

  1. Supporting the barrister in their case work including intensive case preparation, document management and research, and accessing and collating materials;
  2. Attending court, conferences and professional meetings, including arranging access and other adjustments, and note taking and communication with legal team/clients;
  3. Assisting with IT set up and management (in Chambers and at their home) including set up for remote video court hearings and conferences;
  4. Keeping track of projects and deadlines, and supporting the barrister in complex time management, including the sensitive and appropriate prioritisation of multiple and competing demands.