Each pupillage lasts 12 months and there is an award of £70,000 for the year for pupillages starting in 2023 (which includes guaranteed minimum earnings of £20,000 in your second six months).
Pupils are allocated to supervisors and usually have the opportunity to meet their supervisor before the start of pupillage. Each pupil shares a room with their supervisor and works closely with them. We train pupil barristers so as to ensure each has the knowledge, skills and attributes expected of barristers as set out in the Bar Standards Board’s Professional Statement for Barristers.
You will sit with at least three pupil supervisors during your first nine months of pupillage and together they will cover the core practice areas within chambers.
During pupillage, you will have the opportunity to work with leading barristers in their fields who are routinely instructed on important and complex litigation. During your first six months, you will accompany members on trips to Planning Inquiries, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and, often, the Supreme Court, as well as lower courts and tribunals. In return, you are expected to work hard, and take on board the constructive feedback you will be given so that you produce excellent written work. The standard of your written work will, in part, inform our tenancy selection process.
Your pupil supervisors will ensure, prior to the start of your second six, that you spend time with the junior members of Chambers, and accompany them to court in order to understand the work that they do and that you may be instructed to do in your second six when you are on your feet and representing clients in court yourself. In addition to your supervisors, the junior members of Chambers will always be ready to discuss any concerns.
During your time with us, your supervisors will prepare oral and written reports on your work. Members you have worked with will be asked for feedback, as will any instructing solicitors. The pupillage committee normally meets every two months to review each pupil’s progress and ensure they are on track. At their final meeting, the pupillage committee will make a recommendation on a tenancy offer.
A decision on that recommendation is determined by a 2/3 majority of members voting at a full Chambers meeting. That decision will be based not simply on the qualities of the individual applicant but also on whether there is a vacancy for a junior tenant at that time.