Last week, Radha Bhatt completed a mini-pupillage with our barrister, Katy Rensten. Radha had the below to share about her experience.
My mini-pupillage at Coram Chambers was an invaluable, eye-opening experience. Each day I had the opportunity to accompany a different barrister to court; to witness a range of public law cases at varying stages and from different angles (representing parents and children and guardians on different occasions); to meet other practitioners at advocates’ conferences; and to understand the procedures that underpin family cases including the drawing up of court orders and scheduling future hearings and conferences. As someone with no prior exposure to family law, I found the procedural hearings and advocates’ conferences particularly informative – they allowed me a ‘nuts and bolts’ insight into the work of Coram’s barristers, many of whom also took great time and effort to explain in detail their cases and work. I was struck by the relationships that these barristers quickly formed with their clients: many of whom required a great deal more support than barristers may otherwise ordinarily provide; and whose palpable trust was testament to the empathy and professionalism of their advocates.
The collaborative and accessible environment that Coram Chambers evidently fosters was a hugely refreshing and welcome departure from my impression of most chambers. I am so grateful to all at Coram who allowed me this insight into their work.