Amelia Clegg, Barrister
"During my pupillage with 23 Essex Street, I was offered the opportunity to undertake a secondment with Baker & Partners."
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This secondment was hugely beneficial for me. I was exposed to many areas of law including insolvency, commercial litigation, and trusts disputes, most of which I would never have experienced in my first year of practice at the junior criminal Bar. The Partners and Senior Associates fully committed to mentoring and training me, even though I was not a permanent member of the firm. I am also grateful to the paralegal team for taking me under their wing and teaching me everything I needed to know about preparing documents and bundles for court. This was an invaluable learning curve for me and one which has made me think much more carefully about how I draft a skeleton argument.
I regularly accompanied advocates to court and was included in their case strategy decisions. These opportunities enabled me to develop my advocacy skills and provided a very similar experience to my first six months as a pupil. Baker & Partners, in my opinion, retains the collegial and familial support of an English chambers whilst providing the opportunity to work on exciting and cutting-edge litigation at all stages of a case.
My experience at Baker & Partners broadened my horizons to such a great extent that I chose to undertake an LLM at the University of Pennsylvania, USA and to study for the New York Bar exam, with the intention of working as an attorney in the United States. I can say without exaggeration that my time at Baker & Partners changed the trajectory of my career. I am extremely grateful to Baker & Partners for all of the knowledge and experience I received during my secondment, however my particular thanks go to Steve Baker, William Redgrave, Charles Sorensen, Charlotte Cullen and Louise McNamee for their support, guidance and encouragement.