Not even a global pandemic has been able to stop Miss Hindle from completing a very busy and varied pupillage with Central Chambers. She joins our Criminal Team and Inquests Team with a busy diary and with Instructing Solicitors already seeking her services for their lay clients.
Ben Knight, Betsy’s pupil supervisor, says:
Throughout her 12 months of pupillage, Betsy really has excelled. A first-six of learning the ropes and also being thrown in to some heavy-duty matters to research and assist has been followed by a second-six of virtual hearings and overcoming practical obstacles put in the way by Covid-19.
I am immensely proud of Betsy. She is where she is through tenacity and hard work and follows in that tradition in our chambers.
For a pupil to be spoken of so highly by judges, opponents (defence and CPS), and other members of the Bar is fantastic.
I am especially pleased with Betsy’s calm manner and professional approach when confronted with short-notice instructions or higher-level matters that would peterb many juniors. She is a credit to herself and to her family who I am sure are immensely pleased with her today.
Whilst Central Chambers takes pupils with a view to tenancy, all pupils must pass a vote of the existing tenants in order to be offered tenancy. This process involves detailed consideration of the applicant’s previous 12 months’ work.
A vote to offer tenancy must be taken as a strong endorsement of the applicant and shows that the tenants consider that the applicant has grown into their space in Chambers and will be an asset to this growing set.
Any barrister needs to have the trust of the clerks’ room and Betsy certainly has gained that trust.
Senior Criminal Clerk, Neil Vickers, said:
Betsy gets on with it. She understands the job and adapts to changes really quickly. She is hungry to succeed and throws herself into her work.
I’ve had a number of solicitors email me out of the blue to say that they find her impressive and want to instruct her. And that’s including those who have been against her and would rather have her on their side!
She’s already attracting instructions in Magistrates and Crown Court work and she’s keen to get more into the inquest work that we do as a Chambers.
Betsy is the latest pupil to complete a pupillage at Central Chambers. The pupillage programme at Central has been at the forefront of the pupillage reforms by the Bar Standards Board and is proud to be. So far, pupil supervisors have found the programme to be more beneficial to pupils as well as more flexible and common-sense.
When Central Chambers restructured about 5 years ago, the decision to start accepting pupils again was bold. Since then, a combination of eagle-eyed recruitment and joined-up training has resulted in a growing pool of newly-minted specialists in crime and family law, in particular. This has allowed to Central Chambers to grow at a time when other chambers are struggling but has also allowed our instructing solicitors to have an even wider range of talents available to them.
On a personal note, her pupil supervisor said:
Betsy is so personable that the idea of her finding her space in chambers and with our solicitor friends has been really simple. She has already added to the social life of chambers (even with lockdowns!) and has contributed by assisting me in navigating us through the Covid-19 situation.
She has been a pleasure and I am really pleased that I get to be her QP for the next few years. Hopefully, she will pick up the phone/Zoom a few times during that time but she’s like a coiled spring and off getting work done already!
Betsy Hindle’s tenancy begins on 30th September 2020. She may be instructed immediately, of course.
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