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Iva Filipovic – My Pupillage Experience At Regency

Iva Filipovic – My Pupillage Experience At Regency

3 minutes10 Jul 2024

My Experience as a Pupil at Regency Chambers

I started my pupillage in September 2023 under the supervision of Patrick Freer. I am four months into my second-six and wanted to share my pupillage experience.

Before I started pupillage, I read many articles and heard stories of pupils equating their pupillage year to a “year-long interview” and that pupils should be prepared to sacrifice their personal life and weekends. However, my pupillage experience could not have been further from this. I was welcomed into such a wonderful Chambers and supported throughout my pupillage. I have had such a positive experience that I could not recommend Regency Chambers enough to anyone thinking of applying.

During my first six, I was fortunate enough to shadow multiple members of chambers and see a variety of cases, including an appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice and a 2-week fact-find in care proceedings before a High Court Judge. My pupil supervisor would encourage me to draft my own cross-examination questions and submissions, and provide me with constructive feedback. Because of his endless teaching, I was well-prepared and confident to start my second-six.

The learning curve between first six and second six is a steep one. I was fortunate enough to have a hearing on my first day of second six, and I hit the ground running. I was exposed to challenging work early on in my second-six, but I never felt overwhelmed by the workload. Regardless of their seniority level, members of Chambers have always been happy to offer support, advice and a pep talk or two. In addition, the clerks have always been understanding if I needed a prep day to manage the workload.

Regency Chambers is a common law set, therefore, I have represented clients in family, civil and criminal matters over the last few months. The variety of cases makes the workload interesting, however, it has been at times challenging switching from one area of law to another. I am grateful that these experiences have provided me with the opportunity to develop a well-rounded working knowledge of all chambers’ practice areas and explore which areas of law I personally enjoy the most.

The best part about being part of a smaller set, is that there is a sense of community. We celebrated chambers’ 30th anniversary shortly after I started pupillage. This gave me the opportunity to not only meet all members of chambers, but to develop relationships and network with other barristers, solicitors and Judges. Chambers regularly organises social events such as dinners and drinks, and a group of us even participated in Race for Life together and raised money for charity. I am grateful to work alongside such amazing barristers and clerks.

I could not have asked for a better place to undertake pupillage and begin my practice at the Bar.

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