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An aspiring barrister has used his authorized nous to safe software and interview suggestions from over 20 of the nation’s prime chambers.

The bar hopeful, who Authorized Cheek has chosen to not title, acquired a veritable treasure trove of inside scoring sheets, software standards and interview feedback by invoking his rights underneath the Common Knowledge Safety Regulation (GDPR).

In doing so, the pupillage seeker successfully compelled the likes of Brick Court, Monckton Chambers and Blackstone Chambers, amongst others, handy over the knowledge it held on him — together with some relatively eye-catching interview feedback.

These included “extraordinarily articulate — however show-offy”, “good” however “exhausting” and “liable to barely pretentious references”, RollOnFriday experiences.

With many chambers citing useful resource constraints for failing to supply candidate-specific suggestions, the transfer might immediate different wannabe barristers to make related entry requests and discover out the place they went incorrect throughout the gruelling course of. Simply don’t count on a Christmas card from the chambers’ knowledge safety officer.

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Chambers’ lack of suggestions has been a bone of rivalry for a while.

Malvika Jaganmohan, a junior barrister St Ives Chambers in Birmingham, addressed the difficulty earlier this 12 months in a candid blog post documenting the influence pupillage functions can have on candidates’ psychological well being. “In courting — ghosting is frowned upon and causes for the break-up all the time make it simpler to beat,” she wrote. “It’s the similar for pupillage.”

In the meantime, in 2017, Legal Cheek reported that an aspiring barrister had been left “astonished” after chambers requested her to pay a £10 administration charge to acquire suggestions.