Chambers’ success depends not only on the ability to attract the best workforce but to foster an environment of excellence, personal development and growth.  We set the bar high whilst working with you to achieve your personal best.

The management team operate an open door policy encouraging transparency and fairness.

Current staff vacancies are advertised on our website and can be found on this page. Where appropriate, vacancies might also be advertised with the Legal Practice Management Association and the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks.

Our aim is to be an equal opportunities employer. We welcome all applications, regardless of race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

We encourage candidates to give us a full picture of any mitigating circumstances, including neurodiversity and late diagnosis neurodivergence if applicable.

The attributes that connect the staff team here at Chambers are that we:  

  • Are always objective and honest 

  • Communicate with others well

  • Are approachable

  • Are curious, and who want to learn

  • Have a positive attitude

  • Are always professional

  • Take the wheel when needed

  • Have a sense of fairness

  • Keep things in perspective

If this resonates with you, why not think about joining us? All current vacancies are posted below.

Equal Opportunities statement

Doughty Street Chambers is committed to creating a diverse work space and to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of merit.  We encourage and welcome applications from women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals, Neurodiverse and D/deaf and Disabled people and those who are LGBTQ+, as well as candidates from other underrepresented groups.

Chambers complies with the Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct Equality Rules, the BSB Handbook Equality Rules supporting information, and the Bar Council’s Fair Recruitment Guide and Reasonable Adjustments Guide.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

Under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, Doughty Street Chambers will offer a guaranteed interview to applicants who are Disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010, provided they meet the minimum requirements of the position for which they have applied. This is part of our work as a Disability Confident [Employer].

The right to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme depends solely on being Disabled and meeting the minimum requirements. It does not depend on you requesting reasonable adjustments. To indicate that you wish to be considered under the scheme, please send us a separate email confirming this to the email address below. 

If you are a Disabled applicant and state that you wish to take advantage of this scheme it may be necessary to discuss this with those who review applications, in order to check that you meet the minimum requirements for the role. Unless it is unavoidable because the same persons reviewing the applications have to be on the interview panel, the interview panel will not know that you are being interviewed under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme.

If you prefer not to disclose that you are Disabled, unfortunately this may mean that you cannot be guaranteed an interview, even if you meet the minimum requirements for the position, because we do not know that you are eligible. Within the equality monitoring form, where the applicant is asked whether they are disabled as part of the application process, there is a box to tick if applicants want to opt OUT of consideration under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme if they tick that they are disabled. We treat all disclosures and related discussions in a confidential manner.

Reasonable Adjustments

If you are Disabled, you are entitled to reasonable adjustments during the application and recruitment process. Reasonable adjustments might include (but are not limited to) a large print application form, ensuring ease of physical access to interviews, the use of assistive technology during interviews, or extra time provided for interviews.

Should you wish to discuss reasonable adjustments or anything else relating to disability, including a psychosocial disability, or neurodiversity in connection with this recruitment, we welcome and encourage you to do so by contacting the email address below.

The entitlement to reasonable adjustments if you are Disabled applies whether or not you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme

Mitigating Circumstances

We encourage candidates to give us a full picture of any mitigating circumstances such as bereavement, caring responsibilities, or any circumstances arising from disability, neurodiversity, or health conditions which have had a notable effect on your application. You are not obliged to share this information, but if you choose to do so, it will be considered during the selection process.  It will not be shared more widely.

Contacting us regarding your application

Should you wish to discuss reasonable adjustments, the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, anything else relating to a disability, or mitigating circumstances in connection with this recruitment, in confidence and with someone unconnected to the recruitment process, please contact Doughty Street Chambers: recruitment@doughtystreet.co.uk.

Current Vacancies

Billing Assistant (3 days per week)

This role is intended to assist with the accurate and efficient collection of fees. It will require close liaison with others in the billing and costs function, the clerks and the Finance Team.
 
Key Responsibilities 
  • Monitor chambers time recording software and billing inboxes, use the information submitted by members to accurately complete the necessary billing.
  • To proactively chase unbilled work.
  • Process billing and produce fee notes across a range of practice areas covering all civil practice areas and funding streams.
  • Ensure all bills and fee notes are prepared in line with chambers policies, that they are produced accurately and on timely basis.
  • Develop an understanding of the workings of the Legal Aid Agency and all other appropriate funding/ retainers used by members of chambers
  • Deal   with   queries regarding bills, invoices and fee notes, or   ensure   queries    are passed to the relevant person in a timely manner with sufficient information to ensure they are followed up.
  • Deal with assessments on both legal aid and IP cases
  • Provide counsel with support and guidance on settlement and negotiations of costs including preparation of negotiation strategy for counsel approval and thereafter, managing negotiations independently.
  • Assist with provision of estimates of costs on both legal and IP matters, advise members on costs budget discussions and thereafter, manage negotiations independently.
  • Ensure good communication with Barristers and Clerks are maintained to promote effective control of fees.
  • Work with junior billing clerks to develop their billing skills and knowledge and assist them with chasing unbilled work and holding regular billing meetings with barristers in order to ensure that their billing process is efficiently managed.
  • Management of projects as directed by the Costs & Revenue Manager or Senior Practice Manager
Person Specification
The skills, abilities, experience, and knowledge outlined below provide a summary of what is required to carry out this job effectively; together with the selection criteria required to demonstrate competency to carry out the role.
WHY US?
Doughty Street Chambers (DSC) comprises of over 170 barristers supported by 45 staff who all share a fundamental commitment to going “above and beyond” for our clients. Striving for access to justice, professionalism and excellence remains the driving force behind all that we do, coupled with our desire to innovate in the way that we offer services to our clients. Read more about our values here

Doughty Street barristers are specialist practitioners, regularly involved in high profile, precedent-setting cases.  Although we work across many fields, we are particularly known for our commitment to protecting and furthering human rights and civil liberties. We are noted as leaders in our fields, for our intellectual excellence and for cultivating a collaborative approach between our various practice teams. 

Our strength and success derives from our diverse mix of barristers and staff. We welcome applications from talented individuals who share our ethos and overall high standards. We consider applications on an equal opportunity basis and are committed to equality and diversity amongst Members, pupils, and staff, providing a workplace for all that is free from discrimination and harassment. All applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, neurodiversity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion or belief. We will always make reasonable adjustments to accommodate disabled and neurodivergent applicants.

 We offer great benefits package including:
  • Salary-  £35,000 per annum (pro rata)
  • Pension
  • Sick Pay
  • Annual Leave entitlement-29 days plus bank holidays and 1 additional day for Birthdays
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Socials
  • 30% gym membership discount with Nuffield Health

For more information about the role and to apply, click here. The deadline for all applications is 9am on Monday 3 June. 

Assistant to a Barrister

Working For: Media and human rights barrister at Doughty Street Chambers

Location: London

Length of Contract: ad hoc shifts with possibility of regular part-time/full-time work from June. 

Renumeration: Introductory rate: £15 p/h. Regular rate significantly more, depending on training and experience. Self-employed. 

The role

The barrister’s work is centred around media and communications law (with a particular emphasis on defamation and privacy) and human rights. Many of the cases are of political and social significance. The barrister is also heavily involved in work on disability rights in the Bar and the justice system. The barrister is disabled and engages assistants to support them in managing their disabilities as part of their fast paced and complex practice. The main work locations are Doughty Street Chambers and the barrister’s home office in Hackney. Legal education, especially the Bar Training Course and/or legal work experience, is desirable but not essential. Successful candidates will usually have done a law degree or GDL, although exceptional candidates will be considered without that. The role is often done successfully by people looking to obtain or start pupillage/training contracts, and previous occupiers of the role have gone on to secure these roles and other exciting opportunities in law and civil society/public affairs. 

Click here to find out more about the role

Applications and start dates

Shifts are currently available (potentially leading to regular part-time/full-time work). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Applications consisting of a CV and covering letter should be emailed to assistant@doughtystreet.co.uk  

Applicants should indicate whether they are interested in ad hoc shifts only or regular part time work and/or full-time work going forward, plus their immediate availability over June and July.

This role is being recruited by a member of Chambers in a private capacity.