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Your Pupillage Advice Team

The City Law School is the only law school that offers a team of experienced barristers and careers professionals to guide you to pupillage. The minute you accept a place on our BPTC we offer you unlimited advice sessions, in term time, and access to all our workshops and events - you can even have a session with us via Skype.

We offer Mock Pupillage Interviews, Pupillage Advice Sessions, Advocacy Exercises and Group Exercises. All Interviews can be recorded and feedback will be given. You also have access to City, University of London's Careers Service.

Clare Brown

First called to the bar 20 years ago, Clare Brown is a Tenant at 2 Temple Gardens as well as a lecturer at The City Law School. She is a specialist in Human Rights and has worked for the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and for the Ombudsman of Human Rights in Bosnia. She lectures in Civil Litigation and Advocacy and within PAS runs one-on-one advice sessions and panel and advocacy Interviews. Clare is ratified by the Inns Advocacy Training Council (ATC).

Tara Celikoz

Tara was called to the Bar in 2007 and undertook a Common Law pupillage predominately in Crime and Family. She is a practising family law barrister and tenant at Westgate Chambers. Tara specialises in complex Children Act 1989 cases (with significant experience in representation of children through their Children's Guardians), Private Children matters and Emergency Remedies including international child abduction. Tara was In House Counsel with solicitors firms in Sussex and has extensive experience of litigation. Tara has been central to training and personal development of pupils including regularly supporting pupils and new practitioners to develop their advocacy skills. Tara teaches civil litigation, opinion writing and drafting on the BPTC.

Amanda Clarke

Amanda is a tenant at Westgate Chambers. She is a Family law practitioner and specialises in complex Children Act public law.  She also undertakes private Children Act and Education Law work.  She is an Arbitrator for private Children Act matters. She was Called to the Bar in 1998 after a previous career in the Royal Navy. She is a Reviewer for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Amanda teaches all aspects of civil litigation and skills, including ADR, on the BPTC. She is a Western circuit and FLBA accredited advocacy trainer.  Amanda  has been a pupil supervisor for over 12 years and has been involved with numerous pupillage and tenancy interview panels.

Jennifer Collins

Called to the Bar in 1994 Jennifer is a tenant at Westgate Chambers specialising in all aspects of Children Act proceedings, both public and private. She was named as a Leading Junior in the Legal 500 2017. She teaches civil litigation, opinion writing and drafting on the BPTC. She has sat on interview panels for both tenants and pupils in  Chambers. Prior to commencing her career at The Bar Jennifer worked in specialist recruitment advising on interview techniques and CV compilation.

Romilly Edge

Before Romilly came to The City Law School, she was a criminal practitioner with family practice experience at St Ive's Chambers in Birmingham. Romilly is 8 years call and is ratified by the Inns Advocacy Training Council. She lectures in Criminal Litigation and Evidence at the School. She has experience in sitting on pupillage committees and interviewing and has been running mock interviews at City for two years.

David Gilchrist

David is a member of the City, University of London's Careers Service, which supports the Pupillage Advisory Service. He has experienced every stage of the recruitment process from candidate attraction, through to screening applications, interviewing candidates and facilitating assessment centre.

As a Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), David can give you an edge in interview with his advice on how to stand out and what your body language might be saying to your interviewer. David comes to our Princeton Street building at our Gray's Inn Campus on a weekly basis and can also be seen at the Careers Service at Northampton Square. He also offers mock interviews and can give advice for alternative careers to the Bar.

Paul McKeown

Before joining The City Law School, Paul McKeown was a criminal practitioner at Mitre House Chambers. He was a member of chambers’ general management committee and co-chaired its pupillage committee with the late Charles Chadwick. As co-chair of the pupillage committee, he redesigned chambers’ selection and interview procedures, and re-wrote its pupillage handbook. He was also closely involved in the selection of candidates for interview and sat on many first and second round interview panels.

Marian Riley-Poku

Marian was called to the Bar in 2000 and before coming to City Law School her practice was predominantly in mixed common law, human rights/immigration/asylum and company law. On the BPTC she teaches Civil Litigation, Advocacy and Drafting on the BPTC and co-ordinates the Company Law option. She also co-ordinates the Immigration/Asylum pro bono scheme.

Within the PAS team Marian conducts mock pupillage interviews and provides advice on pupillage applications and alternative legal careers. She is ratified by the Inns Advocacy Training Council.

Ffyon Reilly

Called to the bar in 1999, Ffyon Reilly is a Criminal Practitioner and is currently a tenant at Castle Chambers. She undertook a Common Law pupillage including Crime, Family and PL. She is 12 years call and is the equality and diversity officer at Castle Chambers.

Ffyon is a Visiting Lecturer at The City Law School and co-ordinates the Pupillage Advice Service. She is ratified by the Inns Advocacy Training Council and has experience in conducting Interviews and sifting applications for pupillage.

Keith Simpson

Keith is the Coordinator of the Pupillage Advice Service at The City Law School. He is committed to widening access to the Bar and was formerly the Director of Equality & Diversity at the School. He continues to work closely with a variety of support groups at the Bar who are also committed to widening access and promoting diversity.

Keith has developed and maintained significant links and contacts with Chambers and has a broad and deep knowledge of the Pupillage process. He has run mock interviews for 10 years plus and his experience and leadership is an asset to the team. Keith conducts one-on-one advice sessions and panel interviews. He runs the wide and varied events and lectures that are on offer to our students for supporting them in obtaining pupillage and beyond.

Nigel Waddington

A former practising barrister, associate professor and designer of the Bar Professional Training Course, Nigel Waddington is a Senior Lecturer in civil practice at City Law School. He practised at the chambers of John Cherry QC at 8, Stone Buildings (now Lamb Chambers, Temple, where he is a door tenant).

Nigel worked in both the criminal and civil courts, eventually specialising in personal injury litigation, exploiting his original training in life sciences. He provides consultancy services to the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and to the Patent Examination Board in its development of professional qualifications for patent attorneys. As an IATC-accredited advocacy trainer he has worked as an external assessor for law firm Norton Rose Fulbright on its in-house advocacy program. As an educator Nigel has written extensively for the University of Law, contributing to course texts and scripting online courtroom training exercises. He is a visiting lecturer at Goldsmith's College, Morley College, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Andrew Worthley

Andrew Worthley retains an active practicing door tenancy at Rougemont Chambers where he was previously a member of the pupillage committee. He has broad experience in critically appraising CVs, shortlisting candidates for interview as well as conducting pupillage interviews, including setting mock advocacy exercises and unseen written tests for prospective pupils. Andrew is ratified by the Inns Advocacy Training Council.