Katie Attenborough

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Law
Job title: Pupil Barrister
Subject of study: English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise)
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

KCH Garden Square Chambers

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Upon leaving Exeter, I began working as a paralegal in the Crown Court department of a firm of criminal defence solicitors. This involved litigating a wide range of cases in the Crown Court, ranging from low-level offences such as Theft, all the way through to Murder. I obtained pupillage during the year I completed the Barristers’ Training Course and am nearing the end of my first six months (non-practicing period) of my pupillage, specialising in crime.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I decided I wanted to go to the criminal Bar as I wanted to pursue a legal career which primarily revolved around advocacy. I enjoy the fact that life at the criminal Bar is fast-paced, varied and unpredictable Рno two days are ever the same and you have to expect the unexpected. 

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was a member of the Exeter International Law Society and was elected as the Academic and Careers Officer in my third year.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I completed the dual LLB English Law and French Law/Master 1 (Maitrise en Droit) and the biggest highlight for me was having the opportunity to obtain degrees in both English Law and French Law. I believe this stood me in good stead in my pupillage applications as it was quite a unique feature.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

The support that was offered by fellow students and staff, particularly my personal tutor.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I chose to study at Exeter as I wanted the opportunity to study both English Law and French Law, and Exeter is renowned for this programme. 

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Developing my academic background at Exeter, has assisted in my understanding and research of the law, whilst working for a firm of solicitors has assisted in putting those skills into practice.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Academics are important but practical work experience can show that not only have you worked within the field, but that you understand and appreciate the realities of it.

What are your plans for the future?

To obtain tenancy with my chambers and develop my practice in criminal law.


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