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About 6KBW College Hill

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6KBW College Hill has held a pre-eminent position in criminal law for over 70 years. We have been at the forefront of the expansion of the criminal law into related areas of public and civil law. Our chambers includes many of the leading practitioners in their fields.

We act in many of the most significant, sensitive, and high-profile cases heard in the UK, Europe, and around the world. Many of the landmark cases in crime, extradition, and the proceeds of crime have been argued by our members.

Pupillage

As a pupil with us, you’ll have the opportunity to work on high-profile cases with some of the leading practitioners in their fields. Working with your supervisor and other Members of Chambers, you’ll experience a variety of work across the range of our expertise.

You’ll also be given the freedom to pursue work which interests you, and encouraged to start developing your own practice. We aim to give our pupils the best possible grounding for their careers.

The Pupillage Year

You’ll be assigned to one pupil supervisor for each four-month period, though you should expect to work for other Members of Chambers during the course of the year. During your first six months, you’ll be in chambers and in court, working closely with your pupil supervisors. You’ll also take part in our Pupillage Training Course.

During your second six months, you’ll practise in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. You can also expect to gain experience appearing alone in the County Courts, the Divisional Court and the Immigration Tribunal.

We expect our pupils to become involved in the spectrum of work undertaken in chambers.

Our Pupillage Training Course

During the first six months of your pupillage, you’ll take part in our weekly in-house training programme. In addition to sessions on the law, advocacy, and ethics, the programme includes a mock trial in front of a District Judge, and a mock trial at the Old Bailey in front of a resident judge. The programme is run by Members of Chambers and has been consistently praised by the Bar Council.

Funding

Following a review, our pupillage funding for 2022/2023 will be £50,000, supplemented by second six earnings.

The £50,000 consists of a grant of £25,000 in the first six, plus guaranteed minimum income of £25,000 in the second six.

The system of guaranteed minimum income means that, as a pupil, you will keep what you earn, but if your income falls below a certain level in any month, chambers will make up the shortfall.

Usually, our pupils earn in excess of the guaranteed minimum. Using an average over recent years, our pupils have earned around £8,000 over the £20,000 threshold and in some cases they have earned substantially more.

In addition to the grant and guaranteed earnings, we will fund your professional courses during pupillage, we will pay your travel expenses outside of the M25, and give you a book grant (enough to purchase a copy of Blackstone’s or Archbold). In recent years, pupils have received a free copy of Blackstone’s, and have access to Archbold and various other essential resources via our online Westlaw subscription.

We can also make some of your funding available during the BPTC year, something we are always happy to discuss.

We aim to offer the most generous pupillage funding arrangement at the criminal bar. This reflects both our commitment to attracting pupils from the widest possible range of backgrounds and our optimism about the future of criminal practice in chambers.

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