A Junior Tenant’s Perspective
By Luka Krsljanin
Pupillage Year: 2013/2014
I was drawn to pupillage at 2TG by two things. First, the ability to practice in a wide range of areas of law and, second, the ability to develop my own independent practice, with a focus on my own advocacy, from a very early stage.
Pupillage at 2TG was a brilliant learning experience; I very quickly learned that there’s much more to it than a ‘year-long interview’. At 2TG you get the chance to learn from numerous excellent barristers, whose primary aim is to help you become the best junior barrister possible.
In my pupillage year, I sat with both commercial and common law barristers. I worked on a multi-million pound Commercial Court case relating to oil exploration in the North Sea, a mediation for Premier League Football Side West Ham United, the Court of Appeal hearing in Mohamud v Morrison  (which later went to the Supreme Court), and numerous Conflict of Laws cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Our pupillage programme ensures that you do not simply prepare research notes, but you are actively involved in drafting pleadings, Advices and skeleton arguments for your pupil supervisor.
2TG gives its pupils high quality, practical advocacy training, and supporting them fully when it comes to getting on their feet in the Second Six.
All those experiences have helped build the foundation for my practice as it is today.
In the three years that I have been a tenant, I have appeared in numerous High Court Cases (as sole counsel), including for the successful Defendant in the reported clinical negligence case of Manzi v KCH , which will shortly go to the Court of Appeal (where I am again instructed for the Defendant). I have also fought numerous commercial and other civil trials in the County Courts, usually against much more senior opponents. I have no doubt that 2TG’s commitment to giving its pupils and junior tenants the best possible advocacy experience has helped make me able to face such experienced opponents with confidence.
As well as helping me develop my own independent practice, pupillage at 2TG has also allowed me to build great relationships with our fantastic team of Silks, which has led to a range of exciting junior work. Over the last few years, my junior briefs have included the following: appearing in the High Court in a nationally-reported health insurance fraud trial  (led by Caroline Harrison QC and Sonia Nolten), acting for the successful Respondent in the Privy Council case of Williams v Bermuda Hospitals Board  (led by Benjamin Browne QC), representing West Ham United in a series of commercial disputes [2016-] (led by Paul Downes QC), and acting in the Court of Appeal in the seminal Conflict of Laws case Brownlie v Four Seasons (led by Howard Palmer QC and Marie Louise Kinsler QC).
This year, at 4 years’ call, I was ranked in Chambers UK as a ‘leader in the field’ in private international law. In large part, that is thanks to the work of the people around me at 2TG – the leaders who have brought me in on significant cases, the friends who have helped me work through complex legal problems, and the brilliant clerking team we have.