Experienced barrister seeks personal assistant

Recruiter Cloisters
Posted Mon 2 Jul 2018
Location London, Temple EC4
Contact Philip Engelman
Practice Areas Employment, public law and general commercial law
Experience Level Pre GDL, LPC or BPTC
Closing Date Thu 2 Aug 2018

Experienced barrister seeks personal assistant

Philip Engelman is a practising barrister at Cloisters. He seeks a full-time personal assistant to support his professional activities. The role will probably be for a year.

The position is ideal for someone who has a keen interest in a legal career before they commence their vocational training and/or pupillage/training contract. It is an excellent opportunity to find out about practice in the civil areas of employment, public and general commercial law. You will also see work in the crown courts as Philip Engelman sits as a Deputy Judge.

Person description


Typing ability is essential, as you will be required to take notes of court proceedings and conferences with clients, as well as dictation of opinions and pleadings. Proficiency with IT is also important because the duties will include utilising Microsoft Office, scanning documents and preparing electronic bundles in PDF format.

It would be useful if you had a UK driving licence and are over 25-years-old because of insurance conditions.

Ideally, you should live in London because of the need for early starts when going to chambers or court.


You will be expected to undertake various administrative duties.


Philip Engelman is a wheelchair user; you will be required to help him travel to and from court, as well as support in transferring him to and from chairs and other personal assistance. Because of the personal nature of the help required, this post may not be suitable for a woman.

Good Character

Because of the confidential nature of the material you will be dealing with, and in the light of Philip Engelman’s professional responsibilities, you will need to demonstrate that you are of impeccable good character. Furthermore, because Philip sits as a Recorder (part-time judge) it is mandatory that you have no previous convictions. Good character and integrity of the highest standards are required.

Place and hours of work

A barrister’s work is unpredictable. It comprises advisory and drafting work (“paperwork”), the holding of conferences and attendance at court. It is not possible to predict the precise nature of the work, and thus the demands that will be placed upon you.

Generally speaking, unless required to be in chambers or at court, work will take place at his home in London Docklands.

The hours will generally be 9am–6pm, but you may be asked to start earlier if in court or conference.


Negotiable. You will be paid through Cloisters. Payment is made against invoice to be submitted monthly. You will be self-employed.

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter, preferably in PDF format, by email to: pe@cloisters.com

For further information, please visit the website: https://www.cloisters.com