I am pleased to announce the pupillage Muhammad Imtiaz. Muhammad brings his considerable experience from other jurisdictions to JSC Chambers and will be an invaluable asset.

The Chambers has experienced exponential growth since I started it from scratch in June 2018, particularly in the last few months. Muhammad is the first of a number of new pupils who will be joining Chambers.

Sam White has successfully completed his first six and is now beginning his practising phase.

Starting the Chambers has sometimes felt lonely and daunting, but I was lucky to later have the support of my Practice Manager Tracey McIver.

I wish to thank all of the clients who have supported me over the years; I would not be where I am today without this support.

My legal career has not always been easy, and my experiences have sometimes made me inclined toward cynicism. However, I am delighted to be able to not only make a living for myself but to create careers for others. I hope that they derive pleasure from their career at the bar and will embody the principles (I prefer ‘principles’ to ‘values’, as the latter term is somewhat vague) set out below.

These are the principles of JSC Chambers:

  1. Conducting ourselves honourably.

  2. Applying the cab rank rule even to direct access clients.

  3. Being sincere in our dealings with others.

  4. Being honest in our dealings with others and keeping our word no matter what the cost.

  5. We value free speech and will ensure that our members are free to express their views on any subject as private individuals.

  6. We are transparent about costs with 99% of our work being subject to a fixed fee, agreed upon in advance.

  7. We value lateral thinking and legal knowledge. If there is a solution to your problem, we pride ourselves on being able to find it.

  8. We fearlessly act in our client’s interests.

  9. We show fortitude in the face of adversity.

  10. We offer reasonable and flexible fee arrangements, to ensure as far as we can, that clients gain access to justice.

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