Meet our pupil

Meet our Pupil

For an insight into pupillage at 5RB, we asked Ben Hamer, our current pupil, a few questions:

Where did you go to university and what did you study?

I read Ancient History at Durham followed by a Master’s in Global and Imperial History at Oxford. I completed my GDL and BPTC at the University of Law.

Why did you choose 5RB?

I had a long-standing interest in journalism and the media. As an undergraduate I edited the student newspaper, Palatinate. There I encountered libel and information law from an editorial perspective, which I found fascinating. I also had practical experience in technology and coding, which dovetails with 5RB’s strengths.  When it came to applying for pupillage the unmatched reputation of 5RB in defamation and privacy meant that it was a natural choice. The friendly atmosphere cannot be understated either.

What’s the best thing about pupillage?

Often legal and factual questions I look at with pupil supervisors are at the far edges of the law – uncertain, protean, astonishing. It is in these cutting-edge areas in particular that you gain real satisfaction in coming to an answer and developing your skills.

What’s the worst?

As a pupil your work will not be of the same calibre as your supervisor’s, and the learning curve can be tough. Fortunately, a great deal of time is dedicated to improving your standard of work. That being said, there is always some trepidation as your drafting is thoroughly dissected!

Was pupillage what you were expecting?

The Pupillage Policy Document and mini-pupillages in other chambers gave me a good idea of what to expect. Work is predominantly paper-based although there are ample opportunities to observe advocacy in court.

What advice would you give to potential applicants?

It is essential to have genuine interest in media and information law. Regularly check the 5RB website to ensure you are up-to-date with the latest legal developments. Relevant experience in media-related work also helps to set your application apart.​