Our current pupils:
Sophie Walmsley commenced her Pupillage in October 2019 in the Personal Injury team and is supervised by Oliver Moore.
Prior to Pupillage, Sophie was a Fee Earner dealing with Road Traffic Collisions. Through this Sophie gained experience of small claims, particularly those in the Ministry of Justice RTA Claims Portal. In addition, Sophie assisted with Fast Track and Multi Track personal injury claims, which included employers’ liability and public liability claims. Sophie also attended Court conducting Infant Approval Hearings and prepared cases for Stage 3 Hearings. Following this, Sophie worked in a local firm in the clinical negligence department where she would regularly liaise with Claimants and assist with the conduct of the claim. Thereafter, Sophie developed her experience in clinical negligence by working at a Defendant firm on the NHS Resolution Panel. Sophie was seconded for a period of 6 months to an NHS Trust working within their legal team. During her secondment Sophie investigated and responded to allegations of clinical negligence, employers’ liability and public liability claims. This enabled Sophie to develop her understanding of internal NHS processes and procedures in relation to claims brought against the NHS. Sophie also gained insight into inquests and reporting deaths to the Coroner during her secondment. Sophie has recently completed her LLM in Healthcare Law and Ethics at the University of Manchester, during the course of which Sophie focused on the impact of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board  UKSC 11 on clinical practice and clinical claims.
Govinder commenced his 12-month pupillage with the Insolvency and Commercial teams in October 2019. His pupillage supervisors are Stefan Ramel and Simon Passfield.
Govinder studied law at Liverpool John Moores University, where he graduated with a first and received the Proxime Accessit prize. He then worked as a paralegal in a solicitor’s firm that specialised in Commercial and Insolvency law, where his caseload included misfeasance, preference/undervalue and non-contentious matters. Govinder gained valuable drafting and advisory experience along with learning the importance of teamwork between solicitors and counsel. He completed a Master’s in International Business, Corporate and Finance Law (Distinction, top of the year), during which he represented Liverpool John Moores University at the National and (INADR) International Mediation Competition.
Shortly after, he received an Exhibition award from the Inner Temple and the Excellence Scholarship from BPP University before undertaking the BPTC (Very Competent).
During the BPTC, Govinder volunteered for the BPP Enterprise Legal Advice Clinic, which involved providing free commercial legal advice to business owners and individuals, as well as winning the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Debating Competition. Between the BPTC and pupillage, Govinder gained valuable commercial experience by working for his father’s business.
Outside of work, Govinder enjoys reading and writing poetry, yoga, and playing pool and darts.
Anna commenced pupillage with the Employment and Discrimination team in October 2019. Her pupil supervisor is Douglas Leach.
Having grown up in the South West, Anna completed a B.A. (First Class) in Law with German Law at Merton College, Oxford, and the University of Konstanz. She received an Exhibition and Postmastership and represented the University of Oxford at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The Faculty of Law jointly awarded her the Eldon Scholarship for 2019-2020. She undertook the LL.M. in Legal Practice (Barristers) at BPP Bristol.
At bar school, Anna volunteered at the Employment Law Telephone Advice Line. She worked as a research assistant in the field of contract law, including work on Chitty on Contracts, and contributed to two reports on the health and safety of culturally and linguistically diverse workers for WorkSafe (New Zealand’s health and safety regulator) and the New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation.
Over the summer, Anna co-authored a book chapter on misleading silence in vitiated consent transactions. She also presented on this topic at a colloquium at the University of Melbourne.
Outside of work, Anna is an associate member of the Centre for Law at Work at the University of Bristol. She enjoys dancing, walking and cooking, especially with friends and family.