Speculative Applications

Outside of advertised vacancies we welcome speculative applications from barristers with established practices who are of outstanding ability and quality and who share Chambers' core values. To initiate a confidential discussion, please email recruitment@doughtystreet.co.uk. 

Our Health and Human Rights Group welcome speculative applications from barristers with either a growing or established practice in clinical negligence and personal injury who are outstanding and who share Chambers' core values.

We support broad ranging cross disciplinary practices and are seeking practitioners with a strong commitment to Human Rights who wish to develop practices centred around clinical negligence and personal injury which we recognise often features heavily in related practice areas.

To initiate a confidential discussion, please email contact our Senior Practice Manager, Sian Wilkins, or relevant Practice Manager, Callum Stebbing. Alternatively, tentative enquiries can be sent to recruitment@doughtystreet.co.uk

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

Equal Opportunities statement

Doughty Street Chambers is committed to creating a diverse work space and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We encourage and welcome applications from women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals, neurodiverse and disabled people and those who are LGBT+, as well as candidates from other underrepresented groups.

We encourage candidates to give us a full picture of any mitigating circumstances, including neurodiversity and late diagnosis neurodivergence if applicable. We will make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled or neurodiverse candidates (including where a mental health issue is classified as a disability) to demonstrate their suitability for the position.

Large print applications can be made available for all applications upon request.

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. If you are a disabled applicant and wish to take advantage of this scheme it may be necessary to discuss this with those who review applications. If you are a disabled person and you prefer not to disclose this fact, unfortunately this may mean that you cannot be guaranteed an interview even if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. 

Should you wish to discuss reasonable adjustments or anything else relating to a disability 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 

Employment and Discrimination Team

Doughty Street’s Employment and Discrimination Law Team is inviting applications for tenancy from barristers up to 13 years’ call (or equivalent experience) who wish to join a modern, dynamic and highly experienced group of practitioners. The team is recognised in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as one of the leading Employment sets in the country and a large proportion of our team are recognised as leaders in this area of work. Our members are frequently involved in high profile, complex and high value claims across the range of employment related litigation including; whistleblowing, discrimination; unfair dismissal, trade union litigation and collective labour disputes acting for both Claimants and Respondents.

The exponential growth and development of the team means that we are now considering applications from practitioners who have developed (or are developing) specialist Employment Practices commensurate with their year of call and who feel they would benefit from our proactive approach to business development, multidisciplinary approach and being part of a highly cohesive, personable and ambitious team.

Applicants must demonstrate a real commitment to specialising in Employment Law and be willing to play an active part to developing their practice individually, as well as part of the wider team. We would encourage applications from prospective tenants interested in practising from our Northern base as well as London.

Please direct expressions of interest to Callum Stebbing, Practice Manager, Doughty Street Chambers (c.stebbing@doughtystreet.co.uk). For an informal discussion about our team and the work we undertake please contact Paras Gorasia (p.gorasia@doughtystreet.co.uk) or David Stephenson (d.stephenson@doughtystreet.co.uk), Joint Heads of the Employment and Discrimination Team.

To download the application form, please click here.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 31 January 2022

All inquiries/applications will be treated as confidential.

Crime Team - Fixed Term Tenancies

Doughty Street Chambers is a multi-disciplinary set of barristers with a truly national and international reputation for excellence, particularly for work involving issues of human rights and civil liberties. The Crime Team is the largest practice group in Chambers, working from our offices in London and Manchester, and comprising around 60 practitioners including over 20 QCs. 

As well as advising on and appearing in cases involving the full spectrum of offences in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts, its members also specialise in financial crime, regulatory work involving financial, legal and healthcare professionals, appeals to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and European Court of Human Rights, judicial review claims arising from criminal issues, extradition, and international crime before the ICC and ad hoc tribunals, and more.

In order to ensure we can continue to provide our clients with the highest level of service, the Crime Team is now seeking to recruit 2 Fixed-Term Tenants to work from our Manchester office and one Fixed-Term Tenant to work from London.

Applicants will have the relevant experience of courtroom advocacy and will either be a junior tenant at another set or may be in the process of applying for third-six pupillages. 

Upon successful completion of a 6-month probationary period, you will be given a fixed term tenancy lasting a further 18 months. Fixed Term Tenants are not distinguished from full members when presented to our clients and our FTT programme is designed to ensure young barristers are given as much support, mentoring and development as possible at the start of their careers.  In addition, FTTs benefit from favourable rent arrangements. Our FTTs have an opportunity to draw on hands-on guidance from senior members and the clerks in order to develop a sustainable and well-funded practice before they take on the additional responsibilities and financial commitments of full tenancy.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion

Doughty Street Chambers has always had a deep commitment to equality and human rights. We are committed to non-discrimination in our recruitment – including pupillage, tenancy and staff. We have an Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing overarching strategy committee which reports directly to the Management Board. Please see our Diversity page for further information.

Please complete the relevant application form, available here. Completed applications should be submitted to recruitment@doughtystreet.co.uk.

If you have any questions regarding the position please do not hesitate to contact Isi and she can pass you on to the relevant individual.