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We aim to make you feel like part of the team from day one. We have an open-door policy and encourage our pupils to approach members of chambers for guidance and advice.

Pupillage at Hardwicke will expose you to practice at a leading set of chambers, while giving you the support and training that you will need to succeed at the Bar.

We are looking for candidates of the highest calibre who will go on to become successful barristers. Our size and the range of our core practice areas give you the opportunity to experience different areas of work during pupillage. We encourage our pupils to use this opportunity to expose themselves to a variety of work, but if you have already decided to focus on a particular area of law, we can also tailor your pupillage to you.

Advocacy is one of the key components of a Hardwicke pupillage. During your second six months, you can expect to find yourself in court at least once or twice a week. We will provide you with regular in-house advocacy training, supervised by our barristers, many of whom are Inns advocacy trainers and parttime judges. Our 12-month pupillages are split into three periods of four months. During each period, you will be assigned a pupil supervisor and other members of chambers with whom you will work.

How to apply

We choose to manage the application and selection process ourselves. Although we are not members of the Pupillage Gateway, the closing date for applications to Hardwicke is in line with the Pupillage Gateway timetable.

Our application form is downloadable from our website. We are committed to encouraging equality and diversity within the profession. There are three stages to our selection process. After consideration of your application form, we will invite a number of applicants for a first round interview. We will then invite no more than 12 candidates to a second round interview. Offers are then made to successful candidates in accordance with the timetable set down by the Pupillage Gateway.


We offer two pupillages of £45,000 each. This comprises an award of £45,000 and guaranteed earnings of £10,000. Up to £10,000 of the award can be drawn down during the BPTC year. We also fund attendance at the compulsory courses which pupils are required to undertake by the Bar Council. There is a guaranteed income scheme for first and second year tenants.


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