Chambers UK has rated Maitland in the top rank of commercial chancery sets every year since 2001.
Type of work undertaken
Maitland is instructed on a wide range of business and property related cases – from major international commercial litigation to disputes over the family home. Its core areas of practice include commercial litigation, banking, financial services and regulation, civil fraud, insolvency and restructuring, media law, pensions, professional negligence, real property, charity law, trusts and tax. Much of the set’s work is done in London (as well as in other parts of England and Wales), although instructions often have an international aspect, involving acting for clients and appearing in court abroad. Chambers’ work is predominantly concerned with dispute resolution; but it also does non-contentious work in the private client field.
Academically, Maitland looks for a first or upper second class degree. Pupils must have a sense of commercial practicality, be stimulated by the challenge of written and oral advocacy and have an aptitude for and general enjoyment of complex legal argument.
Maitland offers up to three pupillages, all of which are funded. All pupils in chambers are regarded as potential tenants. Pupils spend their first three months in chambers with one pupil supervisor in order that the pupil can find his or her feet and establish a point of contact. For the balance of the pupillage year each pupil will sit with different pupil supervisors, usually for two months at a time. The set believes that it is important for pupils to see all of the different kinds of work done in chambers. Chambers believes that oral advocacy remains a core skill of the commercial chancery barrister. The set provides in-house advocacy exercises for pupils during their pupillage. These take the form of mock hearings, prepared in advance from adapted sets of papers, with senior members of chambers acting as the tribunal. They provide detailed feedback after each exercise. These exercises are part of the assessment process and help develop essential court skills.
Applications are considered three times a year; please see chambers’ website for current deadlines. Applications should be made with a covering letter and CV specifying degree classification obtained (or if you are still doing a law degree listing marks obtained in university examinations to date) and sent clearly marked ‘Mini-pupillage’ to the Pupillage Secretary.
Chambers offers up to three 12-month pupillages, all of which are funded (£60,000 for pupils starting in October 2016). Up to £20,000 of the award may be drawn down in advance during the BPTC year or to pay BPTC fees. There is also a cashflow assistance scheme available at the start of practice as a tenant.