Type of work undertaken
Chambers occupies modern premises and offers a friendly and supportive environment in which to complete a pupillage.
Commercial: financial/business law, international trade, banking, regulatory, insurance, conflicts, media and entertainment, sport, intellectual property and professional negligence, EU and competition. Employment: all aspects (including discrimination) are covered by the extensive employment law practices of members of Chambers. Public law: incorporates judicial review, acting both for and against central and local government agencies and other regulatory authorities, human rights, other aspects of administrative law and commercial judicial review.
Pupils attend an induction week. Thereafter pupils see the varied practices of members of Chambers including commercial, employment, European and public law/ human rights through their pupillages. Blackstone Chambers offers up to four 12-month pupillages. Successful candidates will have demonstrated high intellectual ability and will usually have at least 2.1 honours degrees, although not necessarily in law. Individual awards of £65,000 are available. The pupillage committee has discretion to consider applications for up to £18,500 of the pupillage award to be advanced during the BPTC year. A new tenant can expect a busy and wide-ranging practice with opportunities to specialise later.
Pupillage: Blackstone Chambers is a member of the Pupillage Gateway. Applications for pupillage are received between the beginning of January and the beginning of February 2019. Successful applicants who have completed mini-pupillages with Blackstone Chambers may be called to pupillage interviews to be held in April 2019, after which pupillage offers will be made at the beginning of May 2019. Mini-pupillages: No pupillage will be offered at Blackstone Chambers unless the applicant has undertaken an assessed mini-pupillage. Applications should be made online via our website. The closing date for applications for assessed mini-pupillage is 7 January 2019. Application for pupillage through the Pupillage Gateway will be treated as a combined application for an assessed mini-pupillage if the applicant has not already applied for a mini-pupillage with us. We shall be interviewing applicants for mini-pupillage up to and including March 2019 but we strongly advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.
It is not necessary to wait until a Pupillage Gateway application has been completed. We prefer applications for mini-pupillage early in the year before pupillage commences. Since we insist on an assessed mini- pupillage as part of the overall pupillage applications procedure, we offer financial assistance either in respect of out-of-pocket travelling or out-of-pocket accommodation expenses incurred in attending the mini-pupillage. This is up to a maximum of £250 per mini-pupil.