Amelia joined Chambers as a third six pupil in September 2018 having moved to the self-employed bar from working as an employed barrister in the Department for Exiting the European Union and the Department for Transport. She moved to the self-employed bar to experience more courtroom advocacy and would like to develop a practice in personal injury, credit hire and general common law practices, together with employment law.
Amelia completed her pupillage within the Government Legal Department where she dealt with judicial reviews and oral permission hearings. She is keen to continue her public law work and will happily accept instructions as a Junior Junior through the Panel Scheme; she also has SC Clearance for the purposes of sensitive disclosure exercises and is familiar with the risk assessment guidance for the GLD.
– 2017: BPTC University of Law (Outstanding)
– 2014: BA Jurisprudence, University of Oxford (1st Class)
Prizes and Scholarships:
– 2016: Bar Council Law Reform Competition
– 2016: Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
– 2016: Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
– 2015: Advocacy Scholar, University of Law
– 2015: Educational Trust Scholarship, International Bar Association
– 2014: Winner of the Littleton Award for the highest mark in Labour Law in FHS, University of Oxford
Whilst in the Government Legal Department, Amelia prepared written advice and paperwork for clients on public law matters, focussing in her first year primarily on immigration cases. She often had to turn work around very quickly within DExEU, in light of the constantly evolving political climate and during her second six of pupillage was before the First-Tier Tribunal representing the government in immigration matters on a frequent basis. Amelia has also previously interned with the International Bar Association and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Amelia volunteers with the Bar Pro Bono Unit, with whom she has appeared in front of the NMC. She has appeared for FRU in a number of employment cases; the most recent of which she successfully obtained a time preparation order for her client in addition to compensation for constructive dismissal. She also volunteered in the past with the International Action Team and worked with vulnerable victims through Victim Support UK. She is currently an elected member of the Bar Representation Committee at Lincoln’s Inn and previously sat as a committee member with the Human Rights Watch Network.
In 2017, Amelia was awarded one of four scholarships to juniors under 7 years’ call to attend the South Eastern Circuit Advanced Civil Advocacy Court at the University of Gainesville where she completed a four day tort law mock trial focussing on clinical negligence and product liability.
Amelia went to music school and sings in a young professional choir in London. She enjoys sports, especially boxing after a hard day at the office, and when she has the time enjoys baking, cooking for friends and family and occasionally dusting off her sewing machine for a new project.
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
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 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.
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:
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.
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.