This morning, ex-barrister and top legal blogger Amanda Bancroft (@_millymoo) drew attention
to a job advert
for a unique legal internship at "dynamic commercial law set" 4 King's Bench Walk. The successful applicant will work full time (9:30am - 6:00pm) for six months and is promised practical experience of civil and commercial litigation as well as skill-improving training in legal drafting and (slightly worryingly) advocacy. All they will need is to have successfully completed the BPTC. Oh yes and have enough cash to live and work in London, because this internship is completely unpaid.
Quite how that fits in with National Minimum Wage legislation
is unclear. But if it does, the bigger question perhaps is what does this say about the chambers' commitment to diversity? This position is only available to those wealthy enough (or, more likely, with a wealthy enough mum and dad) to be able to support themselves whilst working for free. And it's a commercial set too, would it make massive dent in profits to bung £6.08 an hour in the direction of an intern?
We had not received a comment from 4 King's Bench Walk at the time of writing.