This episode is hosted by Damien Bruneau and features a discussion with three of our newest tenants.

Damien spoke to his peers about their experiences in their first few months of tenancy and how it differs from their expectations and their experiences during their year of pupillage. They also discussed their case load, how the profession differs from other careers, personal recent highlights and what it is like being a barrister, particularly at Fountain Court.

Joining Damien in the discussion are:

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  • Joseph Leech: Before coming to the Bar, Joseph studied history at Cambridge and at Yale. He was a full-time Judicial Assistant at the High Court in his first few months of tenancy, where he gained detailed experience of commercial trials and judicial decision-making.
  • Francesca Ruddy: Francesca was previously the Judicial Assistant to Lord Hodge at the UK Supreme Court. Before coming to the Bar, Francesca practised as a Solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills, where she acted in commercial disputes at all stages of litigation and arbitration.
  • Daniel Schwennicke: Daniel worked as a Judicial Assistant at the Commercial Court for his first months of tenancy and graduated from Oxford University with a First in Classics, receiving a Henry Fellowship at Yale University. He then completed an accelerated degree in Law at Oxford.
  • Hannah Bernstein: Hannah has a broad commercial practice with a particular interest in regulated areas, such as aviation, banking, the professions, and in competition law. Before coming to the Bar, Hannah was an economist and has advised a range of public bodies and multinational corporations on commercial disputes and operational challenges.

We hope you enjoy the episode.