Pupillage and Mini-Pupillage
Chambers seeks to recruit only those who have the potential to be exceptional advocates. We recruit via the Pupillage Gateway for first and second six pupils and via CV and covering letters, for third six pupils. CVs and covering letters should be addressed to Natasha White-Foy: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following completion of their first and second six, a decision will be made as to whether a pupil should submit a tenancy application or an application for a third six pupillage. It is increasingly common for 12 month pupils to undertake a third six, thereby having the best chance to master their advocacy skills and to show their potential to be outstanding and ultimately be considered for tenancy.
Pupils should consider themselves in competition with this high standard and not any other potential candidates. There is no tenancy quota.
The general criteria which is applied in considering any application for tenancy is as follows:
- Your performance in Court
- Your written work
- Feedback from professional clients
- Feedback from the Judiciary
- Feedback from the clerks
- Results of any advocacy assessment.
Chambers has offered up to four 12 month pupillages in the past three years, but the number of places available is reviewed each year.
We offer a comprehensive training programme for pupils with advocacy sessions once per month conducted by members of the Pupillage Committee. This will provide all pupils with an opportunity to learn and improve their advocacy skills. In their second six, pupils can expect to be busy, primarily by being in Court every day. Pupils will also receive appraisals throughout the year which will include an element of self-assessment and feedback.
Any final decision on tenancy will be made at a meeting to which all members of Chambers are invited. Candidates are invited to submit a letter to the joint Heads of Chambers along with a CV and references from solicitors for whom they have worked and/or judges before whom they have appeared in Court.
Applications will of course be considered in strict confidence.
We offer a number of mini-pupillages every year to those who may be interested in a career at the criminal Bar.
Successful applicants will spend a week shadowing one or more barristers in Chambers. Our clerking team makes every effort to ensure that mini-pupils see a variety of cases during the week and you can expect to be in Court every day you spend with us.
The purpose of a mini-pupillage is to get to meet as many members of Chambers and to get a brief impression of life at the criminal Bar.
Those interested in undertaking a week with Chambers should send a copy of their CV and a brief covering letter to Natasha White-Foy: email@example.com explaining why they are interested in 5 King's Bench Walk and in a career at the criminal Bar.
Applicants must be sixteen or over.