Pupils 2017 – 2018


Rosalind Young

Rosalind joined Chambers as a pupil in October 2017.

She currently accepts instructions in small and fast track claims, stage 3 hearings, and infant settlement approvals. In addition to her personal injury, credit hire and general common law practices, she is keen to develop a practice in employment law.

Rosalind spent her first six months of pupillage under the supervision of Tom Bourne-Arton and Andrew Wille gaining experience in complex personal injury cases arising out of road traffic accidents, employers’ liability and occupiers’ liability disputes.

Before coming to the Bar, Rosalind worked for the Office of the Legislative Counsel at the Welsh Government implementing projects on access to justice.

She is a fluent Welsh speaker and is happy to accept instructions for Welsh language hearings and trials.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Member of the Honourable Society of Inner Temple
  • Free Representation Unit volunteer

Education

  • 2017 BPTC – Outstanding
  • 2016 GDL – Distinction
  • 2013 MA Heritage & History – Merit
  • 2012 BA French & History – First

Scholarships

  • 2017 Inner Temple Major Scholarship and Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • 2016 Inner Temple Exhibition Award
  • 2013 Pantyfedwen Scholarship
  • 2012 Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

Interests

Rosalind enjoys spending her free time roaming the British countryside, camping in the rain, experimenting with vegan cuisine and practising inversions on her yoga mat.

Michael Dougherty

Michael joined Farrar’s Building as a pupil in October 2017, following a successful commercial career.

He accepts instructions in Small Claims and Fast Track personal injury claims, Employment Tribunals, infant settlement hearings, credit hire and contract claims. Michael is also happy to draft statements of case and to provide written advices on liability and quantum.

He is a tenacious and persuasive advocate, whilst being pragmatic and empathetic with clients from all backgrounds. These characteristics and other wide-ranging transferable skills derive from a commercial career which ended in PLC boardrooms but originated in a frozen chicken factory!

In the last 6 years prior to being called to the Bar, Michael combined full-time work as a Sales and Marketing Director with part-time study for his Law Degree (1st Class) and the Bar Professional Training Course.

Education

  • BPTC, University of Law, London (2015-17)
  • LLB, University of Central Lancashire (2011-15)
  • 1st Class (Hons)
  • 1st Class mark in 15 of 16 modules
  • Routledge Prize for Outstanding Performance
  • Graduate Prize for Meritorious Performance

Experience at Farrar’s Building

In his first six months of pupillage Michael was initially under the supervision of Matthew Kerruish-Jones and enjoyed exposure to a wide range of instructions. These included Fast Track and Multi-Track personal injury claims, Coroner’s inquests and HSE investigations. During this time Michael also undertook work for other members of Chambers including written advices and drafting statements of case.

Michael is currently supervised by Guy Watkins. In addition to receiving his own instructions, Michael has been assisting Guy in high value Multi Track personal injury work, for both claimants and defendants, and has sat in on conferences with professional and lay clients, and expert witnesses.

Further legal experience

Michael’s commercial career involved instructing Counsel on a number of occasions. These experiences were instructive in his decision to forge a new career at the Bar. These included:

  • Responding to a claim in the Employment Tribunal
  • Claim for breach of contract in the High Court, seeking damages against a client whose assets were restrained under a pre-charge POCA Restraint Order
  • Action against a third party in passing off, including a without notice Freezing Injunction to preserve assets which were latterly awarded as damages.

He was also an elected Member of the National Executive Committee of the UK Gift Card and Voucher Association, a trade body representing the interests of multi-national retailers comprising over £5.5bn in industry sales. He held the portfolio for Legal and Regulatory matters, and collated and administered the industry response to a Law Commission consultation.

Michael also undertook general contract drafting and settlement negotiations in a broad range of commercial situations and disputes.

Interests

Michael is married with three sons, and lives in Sevenoaks, Kent.

In his spare time he enjoys drinking good wine with his eldest son, and trying – largely unsuccessfully –  to maintain parity with his 10 year old’s science knowledge, and his 9 year old’s football skills.