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Three Pupil Barristers Qualify at Kenworthy’s Chambers

Kenworthy's Chambers | August 31, 2023

Kenworthy’s Chambers is pleased to announce that our three Pupil Barristers are now fully qualified and have been awarded tenancies.

Nick Roxborough, Colette Snape, and Matthew Todd are now accepting instructions in General Law services, including Criminal Law, Family and Finance, Court of Protection, and Employment Law

Their journey to qualification started with members and staff at Kenworthy’s Chambers holding a meet and greet in reception to welcome them and since then they have been very busy visiting courts and tribunals, sitting in on conferences, doing legal research, drafting statements of case, taking noting briefs for their Supervisors, covering for member Barristers, taking on cases of their own, and more.

The ‘First Six’

Speaking about the start of her pupillage at Kenworthy’s Chambers, Colette Snape said, “My first three months were invaluable. I had the opportunity not only to shadow the cases of my supervisor, Paul Im Thurn but also to spend time with each member of the family team and see the full array of family cases. 

“I also got to spend time with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality team at immigration tribunals in Manchester and Bradford.”

In our previous blog detailing Colette Snape’s pupillage, she added: “I learned that the most important practice is to read the papers carefully and to fully grasp your client’s case, so you can advise them appropriately.”

Describing his ‘first six’ at Kenworthy’s Chambers, Nick Roxborough said: “My pupillage has been the most interesting and rewarding experience I have had to date, and I am eager to learn more as my time with Kenworthy’s continues.” 

Under the supervision of Criminal Barrister Sara Haque, Nick got to experience working with vulnerable and challenging clients, which you can read about in Nick Roxborough’s Rewarding Pupillage at Kenworthy’s Chambers.

Meanwhile, Matthew Todd assisted his Supervisor, Employment Barrister, Bruce Henry with written advice on potential claims, completed some work with Richard Lees on a Personal Injury claim, and observed credit hire, crime, and family cases during the first three months of his pupillage, which you can read about in more detail in A Conversation about Pupillage with Trainee Barrister Matthew Todd

More recently Matthew completed The Pro Bono Pledge for Pupils which gave him the opportunity to expand his network as a Junior Barrister by working with some Barristers outside of Kenworthy’s Chambers for his pro bono cases. He managed to get a settlement and a resolution that he described as “pretty much the best-case outcome for the client”!

The ‘Second Six’

With their provisional practising certificates in hand, Pupil Barristers Nick, Colette, and Matthew started to practice as Barristers taking on their own cases, during their ‘second six’.

Criminal Barrister Nick Roxborough secured an acquittal at a three-day affray trial in Preston which hinged on arguments relating to self-defence and reasonable force. 

Family and Finance Barrister Colette Snape attended final hearings in both private and public law proceedings.

Meanwhile, Matthew Todd added to his experience by covering a trial for Sara Haque, managing a prep hearing for a final trial, and completing several preliminary hearings during his second six.

Practice Manager Maria Rushworth said: “We are extremely pleased with the work and continued training that Nick, Colette, and Matthew have completed during the second six of their pupillages and are proud to have offered each of them tenancy on the 1st of September 2023. It gives me great pleasure to promote these hard-working individuals into our talented team of Barristers as we strive to provide excellent legal services to our lay clients.”

If you have a case you would like to instruct Nick Roxborough, Colette Snape, or Matthew Todd on, visit their individual profile page or call our highly acclaimed clerking team directly on 0161 832 4036.