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Executive Assistant 

Thank you for being interested in working for me as Executive Assistant. This page contains information relating to all vacancies. Please see the specific vacancy for the details for that role.

I am a Pupil Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, which is is a leading civil law barristers’ chambers with offices in London, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. Supporting and taking instruction from me, your duties will include general administrative support, arranging access and personal care during my pupillage. 

My Executive Assistant usually assists me at 39 Essex Chambers in 81 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1DD. There will also be travel to and from courts. Its office is well situated and is close to Underground and Overground stations, as well as Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone wanting to advance or pursue a legal, administrative, or personal support career. You will be well supported and working with a talented, organised, and friendly team. More information about the job, the person specification and frequently asked questions can be found below.

Access Adjustments

Please do contact me to request a change in the process that will allow you to show your potential.

Job Description

General Administrative Support

  • Moving and handling papers.

  • Printing and scanning.

  • Photocopying and preparing documents for court.

  • Helping the pupil barrister to access and use written materials.

  • Loading documents onto Sharefile document system.

  • Paper-based research.

  • Making phone calls.

  • Taking notes.

Arranging Access

  • Arranging access.

  • Assistance in travelling to and from work, traveling to client conferences/BD activities etc and Court.

  • Assistance in navigating buildings, including Chambers and Court buildings.

  • Accessing support.

Personal Care


  • Assisting with clothing, if required.

  • Assisting with wig and gown, if required.

  • Helping to access and eat food and drink during mealtimes.

  • Assisting with accessing and using the toilets.

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Personal Specification

Your suitability for the role will be assessed against the following skills, knowledge, and experience. Previous experience of support, care or being a personal assistant is not required. The person specification criteria may be demonstrated through education, extra-curricular activities, or voluntary work rather than formal employment. You will be trained on the job. The most important things are a good attitude and ability to learn.


Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and numeracy skills.


Ability to multitask and operate within a fast-paced and demanding environment.


A confident and positive attitude.


Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team.


Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team.


Organised with attention to detail.


Strong interpersonal skills.


Experience in legal concepts and research.


Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and online law libraries. 

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Asked Question

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Asked Question

What is a Pupil Barrister?

A pupil barrister is a barrister completing the last stages of training, which is usually called a pupillage.

A pupillage is the third and final stage to becoming a practising barrister. It is the work-based component of the training process. This is divided into your first six (non-practising) and your second six (practising). However, my pupillage will last for 18 months. Therefore, I will have a first 9 and second 9.

What does the pupillage involve?

Each pupil will sit with four successive pupillage supervisors. In the first nine, you will be assisting me shadow my supervisors in Court, conferences and Chambers, prepare written submissions, pleadings, advices and other paperwork in the cases in which my supervisors are  involved. In the second nine, you will help me with going to court for small claims cases or interim applications, and drafting pleadings or advices.


Is the start date flexible?

No. I need to cover my Assistant's leave.

I have never done legal research before. Does that matter?

Legal research is fundamental to the role. You will be able to learn how to use legal libraries, such as Westlaw and LexisNexis, but you will need to demonstrate that you can conduct professional and academic research


English is not my first language. Does that matter?

I have employed lots of people who have English as a second language, but you will need to understand my instructions and write fluently.

There are some things in the job description I have not done before. Does that matter?

Not necessarily, as long as you can demonstrate the required skills.  A willingness to try and to learn is most important.


You will be supported with learning everything you need to know.


Is this a full-time or part time job?

This is a cover role from 8th - 17th February 2023.


Do I need to do anything "medical"?

No. Everything you do for me is just doing physical things that I can't do for myself. 

Is there an induction period?

Yes, the 8th and 9th February 2023.

I've never done "personal" things for someone else before. Isn't that a bit weird?

I have gotten used to it, and you will too.

Can I request access/ 
reasonable adjustments?

Yes. Please contact me and we can discuss changes to the process that will enable you to show your potential.

Who is the employer?




Please read all the information available on this website about the role before completing the application form below, especially the job description and person specification.


The application form is online and can be completed on your computer or mobile device. I do not accept CVs as an alternative to an application form. This is because they don't give me all the information I need.

If you are shortlisted you will be asked to attend an interview. This first interview will usually be online by video call.


Candidates who successfully pass the interview will then be asked to meet with me to discuss the role. This will allow both of us to consider whether this is the right job for you.


If you have any questions not already addressed in this website you can contact me by clicking on the button below:


Once you have understood this information, please click on this link to apply:

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