We apply the general selection criteria below at all stages of recruitment, with adjustment appropriate to particular stages as follows:
- Prospective mini-pupils and pupils. Where it is unrealistic to expect a candidate already to have the requisite level of attainment, we look for potential.
- Prospective lateral recruits. We also take account of the following: (a) whether the applicant has a successful, substantial and reasonably portable practice; (b) whether the applicant’s fields of practice, experience and seniority accord with our overall strategy for recruitment and business development.
General selection criteria
We aim to recruit individuals who possess, to a standard of excellence, the knowledge, skills and attributes required by the Professional Statement and necessary for a successful career at Twenty Essex. We attach particular importance to the following:
1. Legal ability, intelligence and analytical skills
- A strong knowledge and understanding of relevant principles of law and procedure, coupled with excellent research skills.
- Outstanding intelligence, in particular the ability to apply legal principles intelligently, also showing common sense, commercial awareness and good judgement.
- The ability to analyse, in depth, complex facts and law, so as to identify the real issues, and devise appropriate, client-tailored, solutions or strategies.
2. Advocacy and communication skills
- An exceptional ability to communicate (both in writing and orally) in a manner which is clear, precise, concise and well-structured.
- Highly effective, eloquent and persuasive advocacy skills (both in writing and orally).
- The ability to engage suitably and responsively with different audiences, and appropriately adapt styles and methods of communication.
3. Practice management and development
- A commitment to building a successful practice in Chambers, devoting time and effort as required to effective business development.
- The ability to manage a practice effectively and deliver consistently excellent client service.
- High levels of motivation, self-reliance, determination, and organisational skills.
4. Working with others
- The ability to work effectively as part of a team, taking a leadership role where appropriate.
- Excellent inter-personal skills, and the ability to inspire confidence in other lawyers, clients and team members.
- Respect for others, courtesy and sensitivity, regardless of background or circumstances.
5. Personal and professional standards and values
- Honesty, integrity, independence and courage.
- Compliance with professional standards and duties.
- Active pursuit of equality and respect for diversity.