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20 Essex Street is recognised as one of the leading international commercial sets. We are at the forefront of developments in a wide range of areas of law, including banking and finance, civil fraud, energy and resources, EU and Competition, insolvency and company, insurance and reinsurance, public international, shipping and commodities and arbitration/mediation. We aim to recruit the best candidates, based on merit only: we are looking for those who demonstrate the aptitude and desire to succeed in our areas of expertise. We have a high retention rate: in the past three years, over 80% of our pupils have become tenants.


We offer up to three twelve month pupillages via the Pupillage Gateway.  These carry an award of £65,000 per annum. Our pupillage award is split into two parts. In respect of the first six months, the award is £43,350. The balance of the award is paid in respect of the second six months. Pupils can draw down up to £25,000 of this award before starting pupillage. If you have excellent intellectual and analytical skills (typically but not invariably evidenced by a first class degree) and are interested in a pupillage and career at a highly successful and very friendly set, we look forward to receiving your application. Please include details of two academic referees. Please note the requirement of a mini-pupillage: see the next section.


We like applicants applying for pupillage at 20 Essex Street to undertake a minipupillage in Chambers, but it is not mandatory.

Other applications

We occasionally advertise vacancies for second and third six month pupillages. If you are an established practitioner who wishes to join Chambers please consult the tenancy page on our website; 

Deferred applications

We consider applications for ‘year early’ pupillages from candidates who have a first class degree or expect to obtain one.


All decisions about tenancy are taken purely on merit. Our policy is straightforward: if you achieve the tenancy standard, you will be offered tenancy irrespective of space and the number of other candidates. New tenants enjoy generous concessions in their first year. They can expect a wideranging commercial practice and may have the opportunity to travel worldwide, not least to our Singapore annexe. 

Equal Opportunities

Chambers is an Equal Opportunities employer and adheres to the Bar Standards Board Equality and Diversity Code. We welcome applications from all groups and make reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates.


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