Graduate scheme

Greater London

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

Leading commercial chancery set XXIV Old Buildings comprises 44 barristers (including 10 QCs) whose rich and diverse practices are united by a specialisation in chancery and commercial work, and membership of a friendly and forward-thinking chambers supported by a dynamic practice management team.

XXIV Old Buildings is renowned for the breadth and depth of expertise of its members, whom Chambers & Partners recognise as having been “involved in some of the most significant commercial cases going through the chancery division in recent years.” In recent years, Chambers and Partners awarded our head of chambers, Alan Steinfeld QC, its coveted lifetime achievement award, chambers has been named “Chancery Set of the Year”, Bajul Shah has been named “Chancery Junior of the Year”, and Edward Cumming QC and Elizabeth Weaver were, respectively, shortlisted for “Chancery Silk of the Year” and “Chancery Junior of the Year”.

Our barristers are regularly instructed in cases that go from the courtroom to the textbook – from Foskett v McKeown, Choithram v Pagarani and Schmidt v Rosewood, to Rubin v Eurofinance, Patel v Mirza and Wood v Capita.

We are distinguished by our unrivalled reputation for international and cross-border litigation, an area in which we are recognised as “pioneers in the field”. As well as appearing in courts and tribunals at every level in England and Wales, members of chambers frequently appear as advocates, offer advice, act as arbitrators and work alongside other lawyers in jurisdictions around the world, including the USA, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, the United Arab Emirates, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Mauritius, Malaysia, Gibraltar, China (including Hong Kong), Kazakhstan, Singapore, and Samoa. We are unique in having offices in Geneva in addition to our home in Lincoln’s Inn.

Today’s pupils are tomorrow’s tenants and the future of chambers. We therefore pride ourselves on our fair and rigorous application process, which we believe our applicants deserve and appreciate. We do not invite or process applications using the Pupillage Gateway application platform, and do not believe you should be limited in the number of sets to which you can apply. Instead we have have developed and manage our own application process – inviting applications using our own simple online form available to take account of the fact that pupillage applications are time-consuming and that applicants are likely to have other academic and work commitments. We believe that our system allows us to select the best candidates for pupillage, irrespective of background.

We look for candidates with strong academic qualifications (a first or 2:1 class degree, not necessarily in law, although we consider lower class degrees if you suffered mitigating circumstances), intellectual ability, sound common sense and judgment and enthusiasm for the type of work in which we specialise. We aim to identify potential to become great advocates and successful tenants in our chambers. We take account of high grades in post-graduate law qualifications if they are relevant to our area of practice.

We take particular pride in our transparent, fair, rigorous, and friendly application process. We operate an equal opportunities policy and recruit without regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, gender re-assignment, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, religion or belief, fertility health, pregnancy, or maternity.

As well as aiming to recruit the best applicants, we invest heavily in our pupils’ time with us – and their training – to build on our ongoing success. We think that we can offer you one of the most enjoyable, well-structured and generously funded pupillages at the Bar – and we hope those who apply successfully will agree.

We are offering three pupillages from October 2023 (each with an award of at least £67,500, a quarter of which may be drawn down in advance), and our clear aim will be to offer tenancy to all three pupils in due course.

(We are also advertising separately, for the first time, a pupillage to begin in just a few months’ time – October 2022 – to an exceptional candidate who is able to begin pupillage within that timeframe. Applicants for this pupillage will be assessed alongside applicants for pupillage commencing in October 2023. Please see our separate advertisement for further details.)

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