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Pupil Testimonials



Charles Austin-Groome

First Six

I didn’t know what to expect of my first six at 9KBW – but it has genuinely exceeded every expectation.

Yes, hard work, but stimulating and such a fast learning curve.

If I’m not in court listening to the advocacy of an experienced member of Chambers, I am helping to prepare cases for trial, drafting skeleton arguments and researching case law.

Members of Chambers, busy as they are, will always find the time to involve me, to explain and to give me a quiet, encouraging steer when I get it wrong.

Among the many things I have learnt is that this lot go the extra mile to welcome people wholeheartedly. 

I suspect it is the people around you that make pupillage a positive experience. At 9KBW people go out of their way to welcome a newbie barrister like me. I am very much looking forward to my second six.

Second Six

I started my second six nearly a month ago. I have been in court every day, prosecuting and defending in the Magistrates’ Court, Youth Court and Crown Court. I am currently preparing for a hearing in the Court of Appeal. 

What stands out is the ethos and character of Chambers. Whether I am mid-trial or about to appear for a mention, no one is ever too busy to have a quick telephone call to answer any questions I may have.

Seeing your name on a set of papers for the very first time is surreal. It can be daunting and I know that each day will be a new challenge. But with the support of every member of 9KBW – together with a set of experienced and industrious clerks – it has been a hugely enjoyable and rewarding experience so far.



George Skinner

First Six

Pupillage has been a whirlwind experience- but I have loved every second and I am constantly reminded of the reasons as to why I want to be a barrister. 

Even though there are always things that will be stressful, especially with my second six rapidly approaching, I have found the support and guidance afforded to me at 9KBW has been so reassuring. Everyone has left me feeling confident and excited for the future. It has been a privilege to be able to watch, help and learn from fantastic advocates as I equip myself with techniques and experience before deploying them when on my feet. 

I cannot wait to hit the ground running in my second six, knowing that I have been able to learn as much as possible in my first six and that same support network remains in place. 





George Skinner is awarded the Neville Laski from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
This award is made by Inner Temple as part of the Inn’s Pupillage Awards. The award takes its name from former Judge, Kings Counsel and a Bencher of Inner Temple, Neville Laski. Congratulations from all at 9 KBW

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Callum Morgan successful in application to join the CPS Advocate Panel
Warmest congratulations to Callum Morgan who was successful in his application to join the General Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel at level 1

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Stephen Wells and Samuel March successful in first ever private prosecution for Advocates for Animals.
In its first ever private prosecution, taken to trial, Advocates for Animals instructed Stephen Wells (Leading Junior) and Samuel March to represent a client against a company director of a rehoming service company

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Further success for 9 KBW in applications to join the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel
Chambers are delighted to announce that Clara Sibanda, Charles Austin-Groome and Sapna Devi have all been successful in their applications to join the Advocate Panel at Level 1. Warm congratulations to all.

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Daniel Cohen successful in Court of Appeal case
Daniel Cohen successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal against his client's sentence for assault by penetration. The sentence was found to be manifestly excessive and accordingly, was reduced by 18 months.

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