Central Chambers Welcomes New Pupils: Olivia Brooksbank-Laing and Keira Shaw

We’re thrilled to announce the newest additions to Central Chambers: Olivia Brooksbank-Laing and Keira Shaw. Both join us as first-six pupils, bringing a wealth of talent, passion, and expertise in criminal law.

Olivia Brooksbank-Laing

Olivia Brooksbank-Laing

Under the supervision of Benjamin Knight, Olivia is already impressing all tenants and Instructing Solicitors who meet her with her commitment to developing her case analysis, strategic sense and pro bono work. Her pre-pupillage experience ranges from Citizens Advice to County Court advocacy, making her a versatile asset to our team.

To find out more about Olivia, see her full profile here.



Keira Shaw

Keira Shaw


Mentored by Mark Shanks, Keira comes with a First-Class Honours Degree from the University of Law, Manchester. Her hands-on experience in criminal law, particularly in witness care and case preparation, sets her apart as a rising star.

To find out more about Keira, see her full profile here.



We’re excited to see Olivia and Keira grow and contribute to Central Chambers.

Head of Crime at Central Chambers, Ben Knight, had this to say about the latest additions to the expanding criminal team at Central:

When the Criminal Bar has survived so much over the past 15 years, it really is excellent to have two excellent crime pupils join us. We have been deploying a very effective pupillage and development strategy at Central Chambers for some years now and it’s already clear to me that Liv and Keira will be another step along the road to doubling the size of our crime team in good time. We have a group of excellent practitioners and specialists in some of the most complicated and evolving areas of criminal practice, whether it is our protest team, Modern Slavery specialists, sexual or violent offences experts. We have a tech-literate team of lawyers – which is essential to understanding the modern criminal world. When the rest of the Criminal Bar seems to be contracting, we are expanding and doing so with people of the calibre of Keira and Liv. Both are already keen to be on their feet in court.

Olivia and Keira will be available for instruction at the conclusion of their first-six of pupillage (i.e. the start of April 2024) and, with trials being booked that far ahead as a matter of routine now, Instructing Solicitors should feel confident discussing their needs with our criminal clerking team by phone or by email.