Type of opportunity:
We like to recruit our junior members from those who have undertaken pupillage with us. We are therefore careful that our pupils acquire all the skills necessary to make them successful commercial chancery barristers. During a 12-month pupillage, a pupil will have, on average, four pupil supervisors with whom they will spend the majority of their time. For October 2022 we are looking for up to three pupils with a first or 2.1 degree, though not necessarily in law, who have an enthusiasm for the type of work we do, sound judgment and the application required to succeed in a very competitive and intellectually demanding environment. Each pupil will be paid circa £65,000 and one quarter of the award may, on application, be drawn down prior to pupillage. Our clear aim will be to offer tenancy to all three pupils in due course.
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 developed and manage our own application process – inviting applications using our own simple online form available on our website – 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 of you successful in applying will agree.
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