TENANCY

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 

Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Team

APPLICATIONS FOR TENANCY: 0 - 5 YEARS CALL

Doughty Street Barristers are routinely involved in some of the most innovative and high-profile cases within personal injury and clinical negligence litigation. Examples include:

  • The leading cases concerning duty of care in tort: CN v PooleRobinson v Chief Constable of West YorkshireMichael v Chief Constable of South Wales.

  • Major group action product liability claims: Primodos litigation, Pinnacle and ASR metal-on-metal hip litigation, PIP breast implant litigation etc.

  • The leading cases on illegality in tort: Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation TrustTraylor v Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership.

  • Leading cases on quantum: Indexation litigation (Thompstone v Thameside)Heil v Rankin.

  • Leading cases in industrial disease: Royal Opera House v GoldscheiderBaker v QuantumField v British CoalFurniss v Firth Brown Tools Limited.

  • The final UK reference to the European Court of Justice: Tattersall v Basquille.

  • Damages claims arising out of high profile incidents, including:

    • The Hillsborough disaster.

    • The Grenfell Tower fire.

    • The shooting of Mark Duggan.

    • The shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.

    • The practice of extraordinary rendition.

The team is looking to recruit a junior tenant (or third-six pupil), in the call range 0-5 years, to strengthen the team and to ensure that the considerable volume of work coming into Chambers can be covered.

Applicants should intend to practice predominantly in Clinical Negligence/Personal Injury but may also intend to practice in other complementary areas including Actions Against the Police and Public Authorities, Inquests and Public Inquiries, Clinical Regulatory work, and Court of Protection and Mental Health work.

For an informal discussion, please contact Callum Stebbing, the practice manager for the team, who will be happy to put you in contact with team members.

To download the application form, please click here.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 11th July 2022.

Please see our Equal Opportunities Statement here.

All inquiries/applications will be treated as confidential.

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 contact our Practice Manager, Callum Stebbing. Alternatively, tentative enquiries can be sent to recruitment@doughtystreet.co.uk