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Type of work undertaken

Description of Chambers South Square is a highly respected commercial set involved in high-profile international and domestic commercial litigation. Members are recognised as leaders in their fields in all the key legal directories and have acted in some of the most important commercial cases of the last decade – including Lehman Brothers, MF Global, the Bernie Ecclestone litigation, the LIBOR litigation, Northern Rock, Madoff and Stanford International. Chambers UK Bar Guide describes South Square as having “members with unrivalled talent” and “excellent in everything they do”.

Areas of work

South Square has a world-class reputation in insolvency and restructuring law and specialist expertise in related areas including banking; financial services; company law; trusts; fraud and general commercial litigation.

A significant proportion of our work involves international elements: South Square barristers regularly appear in courts and tribunals around the world, including the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

Pupillage details

Who should apply

We seek to recruit the highest calibre of candidates, who must be prepared to commit themselves to establishing a successful practice and maintaining Chambers’ position at the forefront of the modern Commercial Bar. The minimum academic qualification is a 2.1 degree. A number of members have degrees in law, and some have the BCL or other postgraduate qualifications. Others have non-law degrees and have gone on to take the Graduate Diploma in Law.

Pupillage programme

Pupils are welcomed into all areas of Chambers’ life and are provided with an organised programme designed to train and equip them for practice in a dynamic and challenging environment. Pupils sit with a number of pupil supervisors for periods of six to eight weeks.

We look to recruit at least one tenant every year from our pupils and it is the policy of Chambers to assist new tenants to establish careers in the early stages of practice.

When and how to apply

The deadline for pupillages commencing in October 2019 is 8 January 2018. Applications must be on Chambers’application form which will be available to download from the website.


Chambers offers up to 10 funded mini-pupillages each carrying an award of £500. Those interested in applying for a 12-month pupillage are strongly encouraged to apply for a mini-pupillage in the previous year. Please see our website for further details.

Chambers also offers unfunded mini-pupillages of two days’ duration. Again please see our website for further details.


The current level of pupillage award for a 12-month pupillage is £65,000 (reviewed annually). A proportion of the pupillage award may be paid for living expenses during the BPTC year.

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