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Type of work undertaken

Do you think you might be interested in tax?

Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers is a leading set of chambers in the specialist field of revenue law.

What does that mean?

Primarily you have to be a first-class lawyer: every aspect of the law is relevant to a tax practice – European law, company law, land law, the law of contract, employment, banking and insurance, trusts and estates –essentially anything which might be subject to tax.

When we award a pupillage we take our responsibilities very seriously. In addition to working with your pupil supervisor you will spend some time with perhaps a dozen members of chambers in order to gain experience of a wide range of work from the most junior to the most senior level. Our work is always practical in focus, and developing a good commercial understanding is extremely important.

Much of your time will be spent in chambers, reading the papers in matters on which a member of chambers is advising, gaining an understanding of the issues, and sitting in on conferences. The purpose is to develop the ability to discuss complex legal issues orally, which is an essential skill when advising in conference or when undertaking advocacy. We also place great emphasis on excellent written work, in particular opinion writing and drafting, and throughout pupillage there will be opportunities to impress in that way. While the majority of our work is advisory, a practice at the Tax Bar also involves significant court and tribunal appearances. These are typically never more than a few days in duration but could be at any level, so in addition to the specialist tax courts you may have the opportunity to attend the Court of Appeal and perhaps the Supreme Court during your pupillage.

There is no promise of a tenancy; but most of our tenants were pupils here and we have a good record of taking on pupils following pupillage, reflecting the care we take in selecting pupils. If you are awarded a tenancy, you will not be asked to dogsbody, but will be given the opportunity to build your own base of clients immediately; the true key to building a successful career.

Pupillage candidates will usually be required to have a first class or high upper second degree in law, or in another subject and to have successfully completed the GDL conversion course to the same standard.

Application details

  • The deadline for applications is 1 December 2016. Please check the website for details.
  • Applications should be sent to Laurent Sykes Q.C at Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers by post or email ( and should be in the form of a CV with a covering letter.
  • While not a pre-requisite for the grant of pupillage, mini-pupillages are encouraged.

More information can be found on our website, click 'Apply Online' to find out more.

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