Francis Burt Chambers offers strong support to new members, especially to those who join us with less than 10 years post-admission experience.

We do so through our Induction and Training Program which has four pillars:

  • mentoring as part of a pupillage program, for those qualifying for it;
  • training seminars focussing on practical skills such as legal analysis, grounds of appeal and review and pleadings – often with a judge;
  • the Francis Burt Further Training Program; and
  • a ‘clinic service’ by which assistance is provided to members, upon request, with respect to all kinds of issues that arise in the course of their work, including legal analysis, pleadings, advices, issues of law and ethics.

Francis Burt Further Training Program

Chambers is proud to offer the Francis Burt Further Training Program for all new and junior members. The aim of the program is to supplement existing training and development programs provided for new members and help to build the professional skills of our members.

All pupils joining Chambers are required to participate in the program, while all other new and junior members are encouraged to do so.

As part of the program, a program coordinator and a reviewer (a silk or other senior member of Chambers) are assigned to a participant. Over a two year period, the participant is required to submit draft pleadings, grounds of appeal and review, advices and submissions for review by the reviewer who will provide written and oral comments with respect to each work product on a confidential basis. Where considered appropriate, adjustments may be made to the review program, whether to reduce or expand the work to be submitted for review.

Mentoring and ‘Clinic Service’

In addition to the formal pupillage program offered by Chambers, Chambers has a less formal mentoring program for new members. Under the mentoring program, a new member is assigned a more senior barrister who will be available to discuss practice management issues. New members are encouraged to discuss whether they wish to take part in the Chambers’ mentoring program with the Chair of the Board or Executive Officer.

Mentoring and development is also available through the ‘Clinic Service’, which is offered to all junior members of Chambers by longstanding member and eminent Queens Counsel, Chris Zelestis QC.

Through the ‘Clinic Service’, assistance is provided, upon request, to individual members, with respect to issues that may arise in the course of the work of a barrister, including legal analysis, pleadings, advices, issues of law and ethics.

Prospective new members are welcome to approach the Executive Officer for further information about the Induction and Training Program.