• Monday, October 30, 2023
Trinity Chambers Welcomes Three Pupil Barristers

The Members and Staff at Trinity Chambers warmly welcome three new pupil barristers who start their careers at the Bar this month. Trinity’s latest recruits are Thomas Langley, Sophie Johnstone and Thomas Bannister (pictured L-R).

Thomas Langley completed his Bar Course at the Inns of Court College of Advocacy, prior to which he gained a Graduate Diploma in Law, City Law School. He has a PhD in Classics from Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, where he also gained a MPhil in Medieval History and MA in History. Whilst studying on the Bar course Thomas represented members of the Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union in internal and Employment Tribunal proceedings on a pro bono basis. Outside of work, Thomas maintains a keen interest in history, having written several articles and reviews on aspects of late Roman and early medieval history. He also enjoys sailing, hillwalking and running. Thomas joins Chambers' Civil team under the supervision of Morgan Brien.

Sophie Johnstone completed the Bar Professional Training Course with LLM at Northumbria University after attaining an LLB Hons at Newcastle University. Whilst studying, Sophie was a National Centre for Domestic Violence volunteer,  supporting vulnerable domestic abuse victims with emergency injunctions. Prior to pupillage, Sophie developed her advocacy skills whilst working in-house at a North East Law firm covering a range of infant approval, Stage 3, application and costs hearings, as well as dealing with skeleton arguments and quantum opinions. Sophie's law firm experience includes civil fraud, scams and consumer mis-selling. Particularly interested in both prosecuting and defending cryptocurrency related financial and regulatory related crime, Sophie joins as a Criminal pupil under the supervision of Laura Jane Miller.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Thomas Bannister trained with one of the ‘Big 4’ accounting firms and chartering as an accountant in 2019. He undertook his Bar Training Course at Northumbria University following completion of a Graduate Diploma in Law at Leeds Law School (Distinction). He gained a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford and BSc (Hons) Accounting at the University of Exeter. Given his dual qualified status, being both a pupil barrister and Chartered accountant, Thomas has a particular interest Family Finance & Property law. Thomas commences a Family pupillage covering both public and private proceedings under the supervision of Katherine Wood.