Graduate scheme

Greater London

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

Fountain Court Chambers is inviting applications for pupillage starting in October 2023 and will consider, in exceptional circumstances, applications for pupillage starting in October 2024.

3 or 4 pupillages are typically offered in each pupillage year. The current pupillage award is £75,000.

An assessed mini-pupillage is a compulsory element of any pupillage application to Fountain Court Chambers. Applications for pupillage from those who have not sat an assessed mini-pupillage will be treated as applications for both a pupillage and an assessed mini-pupillage. Applicants are encouraged to plan ahead and (where possible) to make their applications for a mini-pupillage at an earlier stage in their legal education.

For full details of the Fountain Court mini-pupillage scheme, and the application form for an assessed mini-pupillage, candidates are directed to the Fountain Court Chambers’ website.

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court is a leading commercial set of barristers' chambers in London and with an office in Singapore; with some 94 tenants, including 41 silks, specialising in commercial and other high quality civil work. We are seeking to recruit law and non-law graduates of the highest calibre for pupillage and eventually tenancy. We positively encourage applications from groups who are currently under-represented in Chambers such as women and those from a black or other ethnic minority background.

Areas of Practice

In addition to general commercial litigation, specific practice areas include:

  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Aviation
  • Professional Negligence
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Civil Fraud
  • International Arbitration
  • There is a broad range of other work in chambers, including energy and natural resources, employment, public law (especially in a commercial context), company, insolvency, sports, telecommunications, professional discipline and regulatory work, and commercial crime. There is also a substantial amount of international work.


Fountain Court mentors and supports pupils by offering tailored training during pupillage. Pupillage is divided into four periods of three months. The first two months are unassessed, following which pupils will be asked to complete specific pieces of work for different members on ongoing cases. The work will be assessed, and both formal and informal feedback given. In addition to working on papers, a pupil can also expect to accompany his or her pupil supervisor to trials and appeals and, more frequently, to interlocutory hearings. Pupillage does not involve competitive advocacy exercises and pupils are encouraged to co-operate with each other, with a view to this supportive ethos being carried on through tenancy.

Skills sought

The criteria by which we select our pupils, and ultimately our tenants are:

  • Academic and intellectual ability.
  • Advocacy and communication skills, including: clarity of expression; ability to think and respond under pressure; and potential capacity as an advocate.
  • Potential to be a successful self-employed practitioner at the Commercial Bar, including: interest and understanding in the type of work done by chambers; potential ability to work well with members of chambers, solicitors, clients, staff and other pupils; determination; resilience; and integrity.

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