Outer Temple Chambers (OTC) and the Free Representation Unit (FRU) have announced that Daniel Brown has been awarded the first OTC/FRU pupillage.
The OTC/FRU pupillage has two purposes: to widen access to the bar and to enhance FRU’s ability to assist clients.
Selection was wholly anonymous until the interview stage and was done throughout without reference to the candidates’ educational and personal background. Instead, shortlisting was by two written exercises designed as a rigorous test of legal reasoning and statutory interpretation. These reduced a field of 100 to six candidates for interview.
The interview focused on candidates’ ability to understand a complex Court of Appeal judgment and to tackle an ethical dilemma.
The pupillage was only open to candidates who had shown a prior commitment to pro bono work. Brown has done work for FRU and the Warwickshire Employment Rights Service.
He will spend a preliminary six months full time at FRU gaining valuable advocacy experience and helping FRU’s clients before coming to OTC for a conventional first six months’ pupillage. He will then return to FRU for his second six months’ pupillage (subject to BSB approval).