William McBarnet

Call: 2017


History, Pembroke College, University of Oxford (First Class)
Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent)



Lord Bowen Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
Domus Scholarship, University of Oxford



Level 1 CPS Advocate Panel



William joined Chambers in 2019 following the successful completion of his pupillage under Simon Taylor, Mark Beard and Christopher Badger.


Planning and Environmental

William spent four months of pupillage with Mark Beard during which time he observed a variety of planning matters including a planning inquiry, various High Court hearings and the examination of the Epping Forest District Local Plan.

He spent a further four months with Christopher Badger focusing on environmental law and gained an insight into both prosecution and defence work.

William has, in his own right, appeared for both the prosecution and defence with regard to fly-tipping offences.

He is also contributor to Chambers’ Environmental Law Blog.



During pupillage, William produced written advices relating to professional negligence, the administration of estates, power of attorney, nuisance (both public and private) and landlord and tenant disputes.

During his second six, William gained experience representing clients in relation to a variety of matters including landlord claims for possession, infant settlements and the division of assets following relationship breakdown. He has also appeared in the winding up court.



William spent four months of pupillage with Simon Taylor and observed a wide variety of hearings, including trials for conspiracy to murder, rape and grievous bodily harm.

William has, in his own right, undertaken trials in the Magistrates’ Court and has appeared for both the prosecution and defence in other hearings including first appearances, committals for sentence and appeals against conviction and sentence.

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