Emergency Cover Panel – General Assistant

Job type: General Assistant

Salary: £11.95 per hour (London Living Wage, increasing to £13.15 hour from 1 May 2024).

Location: London


Chambers invites applications for the position of General Assistant on our Emergency Cover Panel.  General Assistants on the panel will be required to cover a varied number of roles depending on staff absences and resources.

The nature of this role means that there are no fixed hours or number of days to work per year. Members of the panel would be contacted when there is a business need, such as temporary increased work load or staff shortages. The work is sporadic, meaning that members of the panel will be contacted, often at short notice, to see if they are available to come into the office.

Duties are varied but include data input, answering the telephone, meeting and greeting clients, copying and preparation of court bundles (both electronic and hard copy), internal and external postal duties, IT support, general administration and marketing duties.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be able to work in a busy and demanding environment, be able to prioritise and be available to work at short notice.  Good communication skills and a professional approach are essential.  A basic understanding of office software is desirable.

Contract Terms & Benefits

  • The position is paid at an hourly rate of £11.95 per hour.
  • 39 Essex Chambers opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8am to 6:30pm.


Apply with a short covering letter and CV to recruitment@39essex.com.  Please ensure that you put ‘Cover Panel Application’ in the subject heading, and also advise of any days and/or times when you would not be available to work.

39 Essex Chambers is an equal opportunities employer