Graduate scheme

Greater London

Pupillage applications open on Wednesday 5 January 2022 at 11am until Wednesday 9 February 2022 at 2pm.

4 Stone Buildings specialises in company/commercial litigation and advice. However, since few business disputes or problems lend themselves to rigid categorisation, we cover a wide range of related legal specialisations in our core areas of expertise including company law, insolvency, financial services and civil fraud. Members of Chambers are just as likely to appear in the Commercial Court as in the Chancery Division, and we are also frequently instructed in cases overseas, particularly in the Caribbean and the Far East, and in arbitrations. Apart from our commercial clientele, we also have a strong regulatory tradition in the commercial and financial sectors. The principal legal directories have consistently ranked us as one of the top civil sets at the Bar in our core areas of expertise.

We have both the work and accommodation for new members. Our policy is to have up to two pupils each year and to recruit those pupils who meet the required standard. Showing this commitment to expanding by recruitment from the bottom of Chambers, we have taken on six new tenants from among our pupils in the last four years. Our pupillage award for pupillage commencing in October 2023 is £70,000 per annum of which £45,000 is payable in monthly instalments in the first 6 months and £25,000 is payable in monthly instalments in the second 6 months. Pupils can also draw down part of the award in the year prior to pupillage on request to Chambers.

During pupillage at 4 Stone Buildings, we aim to give pupils the knowledge, skills and practical experience they need for a successful career at the Bar and to help make the transition from academic life to practical, real life at the Bar. We believe that it is important for all pupils to see as much as possible of the different kinds of work in Chambers. This enables pupils to judge whether our work suits them, and enables different members of Chambers to assess the pupils. Each pupil therefore normally spends time with four pupil supervisors during the year. All pupils work in their pupil supervisor's room, read their papers, attend their conferences, draft pleadings and documents, write draft opinions and accompany their pupil supervisor to Court. However, if other members of Chambers have particularly interesting cases in Court, pupils will be encouraged to work and attend Court with them.

We believe that pupils are in Chambers to learn rather than to be tested and should be given the best opportunity to demonstrate to us that they should be retained as tenants.

We are a friendly set and pupils are very much treated as part of Chambers during their time with us. They are fully involved in the activities of Chambers and are invited to all social events.

What we look for in a pupillage applicant: Candidates are expected to have first class or good second class degrees (but not necessarily in law). However, mere intellectual ability is only part of it: a successful candidate must have the confidence and ambition to succeed, the common sense to recognise the practical advice a client really needs, and an ability to get on well with clients, solicitors and other members of Chambers and the clerks. As with all Chambers, pupils are now assessed against the competences set out in the BSB’s Professional Statement for Barristers further details of which are found (along with other materials relating to pupillage generally) on the BSB’s website.

Pupillage applications from eligible candidates cannot be fairly processed without our seeing relevant references. It would assist us greatly if you could arrange for your referees to write to us at the same time as submitting your application.

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