About Wilberforce Chambers
Description of chambers
Wilberforce Chambers is a leading commercial chancery set of chambers and is involved in some of the most commercially important and cutting-edge litigation and advisory work undertaken by the Bar today. Members are recognised by the key legal directories as leaders in their fields. Instructions come from top UK and international law firms and professional services organisations, providing a complex and rewarding range of work for international companies; financial institutions; well-known names; sports and media organisations; pension funds; commercial landlords and tenants; and private individuals. Our clients demand high intellectual performance and client-care standards but in return the reward is a successful and fulfilling career at the Bar.
Areas of work
Practice areas include banking and finance; commercial; company; financial services; information technology and telecommunications; insolvency; pensions; professional liability; property; regulatory and associated law; and trusts, tax, probate and estates. Members are experienced in litigation as well as arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, and instructions originate from across the UK and overseas.
Who should apply
We look to offer up to three 12-month pupillages. You should possess high intellectual ability, excellent communication skills and a strong motivation to do commercial chancery work. You need to be mature and confident, have the ability to work with others and analyse legal problems clearly, demonstrating commercial and practical good sense. Our policy is to offer pupillage only to those people we think have real potential to join us as tenants at the end of their pupillage, and we take great care in our selection process and put effort into providing an excellent pupillage. We have a minimum requirement of a 2.1 degree in law or another subject, and we have a good track record of taking on GDL students.
We operate a well-structured pupillage programme aimed at providing you with a broad experience of commercial chancery practice under several pupil supervisors with whom you will be able to develop your skills. We aim to reach a decision about tenancy after approximately 9–10 months, but all pupils are entitled to stay with us for the remainder of their pupillage on a full pupillage award.
When and how to apply
Applications for pupillage must be made through the Pupillage Gateway, the online pupillage application scheme, except where an applicant is exempt under the applicable rules. Visit the Pupillage Gateway for full details of how the Gateway operates and to find our application form. Here you will also find the application deadline and schedule. We operate an initial long list general interview before selecting a shortlist of candidates for a more in-depth interview that aims to test legal aptitude by reference to a problem question
Wilberforce Chambers is committed to giving those interested in the Bar an idea of how chambers operate, and what life as a practising chancery barrister might be like. In current circumstances, we have inevitably had to adapt the mini-pupillage programme in order for it to work in a remote environment. The entire programme will, therefore, be offered virtually. It will nevertheless provide prospective barristers with the opportunity to get to know us and see what life at the chancery / commercial bar has to offer. We will be holding two ‘remote’ programmes, which will run across two days.
- banking & finance
- employment & pensions
- professional negligence
We offer a generous and competitive pupillage award which we review annually with the intention that it should be in line with the highest awards available. The award is currently £65,000 for 12 months and is paid in monthly installments. A proportion of the award (up to £20,000) can be drawn down during the Bar course year.