Insights into Law

Law: Barristers: A - C

  • Arden Chambers. They offer two funded pupillages each year. They specialise in Local Authority, Publicly funded Work, Private Registered Providers, Property and LVT. 

  • Atkin Chambers.  They offer two 12 month pupillages each year, fully funded to the value of c£72k.  They specialise in Construction, engineering & Infrastructure, Energy & natural resources, IT & Telecommunications, Professional Negligence and Shipbuilding, Repair & Conversion. 

  • 7 Bedford RowAs a pupil, you will have three pupil supervisors, each one for four months in different areas of practice. They give you as broad an experience as posible and provide a reasonable balance between criminal, civil and family work. The first four months of pupillage will introduce you to civil work, the second four months to criminal work. During this first eight months you will see at least two weeks of family work.  Six months into your pupillage, you will be given a choice as to how you wish to spend your final four months of pupillage, either choosing a different area of civil or criminal work from  that done in your first eight months or you may wish to choose  family , employment or one of the many other areas. 

  • 25 Bedford Row. Every pupil will be placed with a different pupil supervisor for two six-month periods, thereby enabling you to be involved with as broad a range of work as possible. They specialise in Crime, Environmental, Extradition, General Fraud, Human Rights, Public Inquiries, International Criminal Law, Prison Law, Regulatory & Discipline, Terrorism, White Collar Crime. 

  • 36 Group. They offer two pupillages each year. They are offered for a full 12 months. You will have two six–month pupil supervisors, covering different areas of practice. They specialise in Crime, Family, Agriculture & Environment, Employment, Public Law, Civil Litigation, International, Local Authorities and Corporate Manslaughter. 

  • Blackstone Chambers. As a pupil at Blackstone Chambers, you will have four pupil supervisors through the year. Pupil supervisors are chosen to ensure that you get a solid grounding in the three core areas of Chambers’ work – commercial, employment, and public law. Beyond that core, you will experience your supervisors’ particular areas of expertise.  In recent years, for example, supervisors have been experts in areas including competition law, immigration law, and financial regulation.

  • Brick Court Chambers. They normally take 4 or 5 pupils each year. They place a lot of importance on their assessed mini-pupillage and you will not be considered without one. Brick Court Chambers' pupillages are offered for 12 months. Each pupil is assigned to three or four different pupil supervisors during the year. All pupils are also assigned a mentor (a junior tenant) at the outset of their pupillage from whom they can seek advice throughout the pupillage year. They are well known for their expertise in EU/competition, commercial law and public law and so you will be exposed to these areas during your 12 months. They will vary the emphasis however depending on your choice. 

  • Carmelite Chambers. Carmelite Chambers offers 2-3 pupillages with possible extension to third six. They undertake exclusively criminal defence work. You will have a different supervisor for each three month period in order to ensure maximum exposure to different types of work and advocacy style. During your first six months you will experience a wide range Court work from high-profile and complex cases in the Crown Court to simpler matters before the Magistrates. Once on you feet youshould expect to be extremely busy and will be instructed to conduct court work including trials in both the Magistrates’ and the Crown Court. Your income would be expected to exceed the guaranteed award.

  • College Chambers. During the second six months of pupillage, you will have the opportunity to take on work in your own right. Practice areas include Family Law, Civil Law and Criminal Law. 

  • Cornerstone Barristers. The 12 month pupillage is normally divided into three periods, each of four months duration. During your first six months, you will make regular trips to Public Inquiries, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court with members of the set. In your second six, you will be in Court on average three times a week. Practice areas include Planning, Housing, Civil Litigation, Compulsory Purchase, Environment, Licensing, Local Authority, property, public law, and regulatory law. 

  • Crown Office Chambers. They offer up to 3 pupillages per year, which give you an opportunity to experience work across the range of chambers’ practice areas.  In your second six you will have plenty of opportunities to appear in Court in your own right: from day one of your second six you can expect to be in the County Courts dealing with applications and small claims trials before rapidly progressing to more complex matters. They try to ensure that you spend time with at least one supervisor who has a construction and insurance practice, and one who has a personal injury or clinical negligence practice.  However, you can expect to see work in all of Chambers practice areas across your pupillage.  In your second six your own work is likely to have an emphasis on personal injury and general contractual disputes, often instructed by major insurers and local authorities.

  • 1 Crown Office Row. They offer up to two 12-month pupillages. They are based in Brighton. The pupillage is divided between two pupil supervisors, each supervising you for six months.  In addition, pupils are encouraged to travel to court with, and to do paperwork for, other members of Chambers. 

The role and duties of a pupil include reading papers, drafting proceedings, researching and writing opinions, attending conferences and Court hearings. They specialise in Family, Crime and Civil. 

Law: Barristers: D - H

  • Enterprise Chambers. They offer one 12-month pupillage per year. They aim to ensure that you see the full range of Chambers’ areas of practice and you will normally sit with four pupil supervisors over the 12-month period. Practice areas include; Commercial Chancery, Company, General Chancery, Insolvency, International/Offshore, Landlord & Tenant, Professional negligence, Real Property, Regulatory & licensing and Social Housing. 

  • One Essex Court. They offer four pupillages per year. Pupils typically spend two periods of three months each with two different pupil supervisors during the first six and sit with a third pupil supervisor during the second six. They cover a vast array of practice areas. 

  • 20 Essex Street. They offer 4 pupillages each year. You need to have completed a mini pupillage before being considered. They specialise in Commercial Law, Arbitration, Constitutional Law and Human Rights, EU and Competition Law, Private International Law, Public International Law. 

  • Thirtynine Essex Street Chambers. They offer three 12-month pupillages each year. Their practice areas include; Administrative & Public, Commercial, Common, Construction, Costs, Energy, Environmental & Planning, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence, Regulatory & Disciplinary, ADR and International. 

  • Exchange Chambers. They will likely be offering at least one pupillage, specialising in common-law work or in commercial/chancery work. They are based in Liverpool. 

  • Farrars Building. Two 12-month pupillages are offered. They are organised in three four-month periods. The second four months is dedicated to assisting you to make the transition from non-practicing to practicing. During this period you will be in court with junior members of chambers. Specialist practice areas include: Personal Injury, Commercial & Insurance, Employment, Professional Liability, Serious Crime, Health & Safety, Public Inquiries, Mediation & Arbitration and Public Access. 

  • Francis Taylor Building. Each year they seek to recruit two graduates to undertake a twelve month pupillage in Chambers. The twelve-month period is divided equally between three different pupil supervisors. In your second six months, you are also able to accept instructions to undertake work of your own.  In recent years the second-six pupils have been briefed to appear in a variety of courts and tribunals, including the High Court, County Court, public inquiries and various administrative tribunals. The Chambers specialise in Planning, Environment, Public Law, Infrastructure, Licensing, Compulsory Purchase and Regulatory. 

  • Fountain Court Chambers. Pupils spend the first three and last three months with the same pupil supervisor (who has overall responsibility for seeing that you are getting proper experience) and the middle six months with two different pupil supervisors. You will be called upon to do specific pieces of work for other members of chambers, particularly the Silks. The work of pupils is varied and challenging. Much of it is of a commercial nature and the Bar Council's "Commercial-General" pupillage checklist is used at Fountain Court. You will spend much time reading papers and preparing pleadings and advices. One consequence of the nature of the work at Fountain Court is that it is unusual for pupils to get work of their own.

  • 9 Gough Square. As a pupil, you will spend 3 periods of 4 months with different pupil supervisors. You will gain good all round exposure to the different types of work undertaken by Chambers.  They believe a balanced pupillage is essential and that specialisation should only take place after a few years’ experience. You will receive a variety of work.  Second 6 months pupils are regularly in the County Court (mostly on Personal Injury, Landlord & Tenant and Family matters) and Magistrates’ Courts (Crime, both Prosecution and Defence).  Pupils are normally in court 3-4 times a week.  

  • 4-5 Grays Inn Square. They normally offer 2 or 3 twelve-month pupillages. You will receive a thorough training in the full range of Chambers' work during your pupillage. During the first nine months of pupillage, you will generally be assigned to three different pupil supervisors, for periods of three months each. The final three months of pupillage usually takes place after the tenancy decision has been made and there is flexibility as to whether you remain with the third pupil supervisor or move on to a fourth. For second six month pupils there is some opportunity to gain advocacy experience by appearing in employment tribunals or in court. To gain additional advocacy experience you may take cases for the Free Representation Unit. Practice areas include Administrative Law, Commercial Law, Employment Law, Environmental Law, International Law, Local Government Law, Media, Entertainment & Sports Law, Planning & Property Law, Regulatory & Disciple Law and Tax. 

  • Hailsham ChambersThey offer two funded 12-month pupillages every year. You will experience the broad range of Chambers' work and during your second six months will have the opportunity to appear in court in your own right. Their practice areas include: Professional Negligence, Medical Law, Regulatory & Discipline, Costs, PI, Commercial, Insurance, Employment and Arbitration and Mediation. 

  • Hardwicke. They offer up to 2 twelve month pupillages. Pupillage at Hardwicke is split into three periods of four months. During each period you will be assigned to a pupil supervisor and also two ‘wingers’, members of Chambers for whom you will do a set number of pieces of work. Your first six will be spent with your first two pupil supervisors assisting with their paperwork and accompanying them to court and conferences. Your second six will be split between your own work and working for your pupil supervisors and wingers. You can expect to be in court regularly; at least once or twice a week and sometimes more. They specialise in the following sectors: Construction, Education, Franchising, Healthcare, Insurance, Local Government, Regeneration, Sport, travel, and Utilities.  

  • 1 Hare Court. They offer twelve-month pupillages each year. Pupillage at 1 Hare Court is divided into three periods of four months, each spent with a different pupil supervisor. The work you see will include high profile, high value matrimonial cases, often with an international element. You will also receive a comprehensive introduction to private law children work and a good insight into the varied work arising out of the breakdown of the relationships of cohabiting couples: in particular claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act and Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. In your second six, you will be able to undertake your own work, which will include appearances in court and devilling for other members of chambers.

  • Henderson Chambers. They offer up to two 12-month pupillages each year. You spend three months with four different pupillage supervisors. In your second six, you will be expected to undertake court work in your own name, and they encourage pupils to take cases for the Free Representation Unit (FRU).
Pupils are typically instructed in possession actions and in small claims. Assessed advocacy training is provided in Chambers. You also have the opportunity to spend up to four weeks in Brussels in the offices of McDermott Will and Emery, an American law firm with whom two of their members are associated. Accommodation is provided. Practice areas include; Commercial Law & Insurance, Employment, Environment, Finance & Consumer Credit, Group Actions, Health & Safety, Local Government, PI, Product Liability, Professional Discipline, Property, Public Procurement and Technology & Construction. 

Law: Barristers: I - M

  • 11 KBW. They offer two or three pupillages each year. Pupillage is divided into three parts, each of which is with a different pupil supervisor. During the first part, you will be based almost exclusively with your pupil supervisor. In the second part you will work with a wider range of tenants. This expands in the third part with a view to your undertaking work for as many tenants as possible. This exposes you to as wide a range of work as possible and allows as many members of chambers as possible to assess your work. Expertise areas include: Business Law, European Law, Public Law, Education, Human Rights, Sport, Employment, Information Law and Mediation.

  • Keating Chambers. They offer three 12-month pupillages. Pupils are normally allocated four supervisors in the course of their 12-month pupillage. This ensures that each pupil sees a variety of work of differing levels of complexity within Chambers. Keating Chambers specialises in construction, technology and related professional negligence disputes. These disputes often relate to high-profile projects in the UK and overseas and typically involve complex issues in the law of tort, contract and restitution. They are involved in disputes of all shapes and sizes: from residential building works to multi-million pound projects for the construction of airports, dams, power stations and bridges. Much of Chambers’ work also includes rapidly developing areas such as information technology, telecommunications and energy. Some of their members are also involved in EU law. Members of Chambers act as advocates in litigation and arbitration throughout the UK. They are often instructed to act in international hearings elsewhere in Europe and throughout Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. 

  • 1 Kings Bench WalkThey specialise in Family work of all kinds, and have a strong Criminal team too.  They offer two 12-month funded pupillages each year. The first six months (non-practising) are divided between two pupil-supervisors, and the second six months (practising period) is spent with a third. At 1 King’s Bench Walk, you will see a broad range of family work, including divorce, ancillary financial relief and both private and public children proceedings, as well as criminal work at both Magistrates Court and Crown Court level.  You will attend Court both with your supervisor and with other junior members of Chambers. 

  • 7 KBW. They offer four 12-month pupillages. You will normally be attached to one pupil supervisor for at least the first two months of pupillage and will be involved in every aspect of your practice. You will then change pupil supervisor about every two months or so for the remaining time as a pupil. The work is diverse. A large component will be helping in the preparation of trials and applications and attending Court with your pupil supervisor. It will also include drafting statements of case, researching the law, writing opinions and attending conferences, where advice is given and the case is discussed with solicitors, clients and expert witnesses. Their areas of expertise include: Admiralty, Aerospace & Aviation, Arbitration, Banking & Finance, Commercial Fraud, Commodities, Energy & Natural Resources,. Entertainment 7 sport, European Law, General Commercial Disputes, Injunctions & Arrests, Insurance, International Trade, Jurisdiction, Professional Negligence and Shipping. 

  • 12 Kings Bench Walk. Pupils generally have three or four pupil supervisors throughout the year. You can expect to see a broad range of civil work, in particular in the fields of personal injury, clinical negligence and professional negligence, employment law, and insurance. In the first six months of your pupillage the majority of your time is spent going to court and doing paperwork for your pupil supervisor. However, they also ensure that you are given an opportunity to get to know other members of chambers too. In particular, towards the end of the non-practising first six months, you are encouraged to go to court with the more junior members of chambers in order to gain relevant experience before you start taking your own cases. In the second six months you learn to cope with handling a busy practice from the start, and gain a high level of advocacy experience.

  • Landmark Chambers. They offer up to three pupillages a year, each of 12 months duration. Your pupillage is divided into four 3 month seats with each seat spent with a different supervisor. Wherever possible they take into consideration any interests that you might have in a particular area of law. In your second six months you will be in court on average once a week on your own account, usually in the County Court on small applications, thereby gaining valuable advocacy experience. They encourage you to work for others and will often send you to work with a silk or senior junior on more complex cases. In addition they place all pupils with a silk for a two week period during your pupillage. Their specialisms include Planning, Property, Public and Environment. 

  • Littleton Chambers. They are a long-established civil set, specialising in employment and commercial litigation. Over the 12-month period you have three months with four different supervisors. After the first six months of your pupillage, you will be eligible to take on your own work. Typically, pupils in Littleton Chambers have been briefed once or twice a week. Their areas of work include Employment Law, Commercial Law, Disciplinary & Regulatory, Sport, Professional Negligence and Mediation and Arbitration. 

  • Maitland Chambers. Maitland is generally recognised as a leading set of chambers in the field of Chancery commercial litigation. Their major appeal lies in the combination of high quality instructions they receive, their breadth of the work and the volume of advocacy they do. They are instructed in a huge range of cases, ranging from major international litigation to domestic contractual and property disputes of all kinds. They cover every aspect of business litigation. 

  • Monckton Chambers. Typically two pupillages are offered each year. Monckton specialise in European, public and commercial law. The focus of much of their work is the relationship between, on the one hand, companies and individuals, and on the other, the power of the State. Members of Chambers practice in a number of different areas of the law, but the same essential question frequently arises across the range of their work: has the State exceeded its powers? European law is frequently involved in what they do: whether the law of the European Union, or the European Convention on Human Rights.

Law: Barristers: N - Q

  • New Square Chambers. They offer two 12-month pupillages. They specialise as advisers and advocates in the following main areas: Commercial Chancery; Company and Insolvency; Property; Trusts and Estates; Tax; Public Law and Offshore work.

  • Nexus Chambers. They offer two 12 month pupillages commencing April and October. 
  • 4 New Square. A pupillage at 4 New Square will give you an insight into what it is like to practise in a leading commercial set of chambers. They have a strong reputation for insurance work, professional negligence, construction, product liability, financial services commercial litigation, international arbitration, sports law and public law. You will be allocated a pupil supervisor, chosen to ensure you see a full range of chambers work. During your second six months, you will take on an increasing amount of your own court work. They place a strong emphasis on advocacy and will support you in gaining valuable practical experience. You can expect to be in court on your own about once a week up to the tenancy decision and more thereafter.

  • No 5 Chambers. Offices in Birmingham, Bristol and London. They offer two 12-month funded pupillages every year. You will spend most of the first three months with your pupil supervisor. Frequent visits to courts and tribunals, sitting in on conferences, legal research and the drafting of statements of case and opinions are the features of a pupillage at No5. During the third to sixth month of pupillage, you will spend more time with other members of chambers and especially with more junior tenants to gain an insight into the work they will receive in their second six months. Once the second six months of pupillage begins, you can expect to appear frequently in court (four or five times a week) and may receive some paperwork instructions in their own name. No 5 Chambers offers a wide areas of expertise. 

  • XXIV Old Buildings. They offer up to 2 12-month pupillages every year. They aim to provide you with thorough training in all aspects of their work.  You are likely to have four pupil masters and will usually spend three months with each of them.  You will also have the opportunity to see other members’ practices and meet all members of Chambers. They have offices in London and Geneva and there is a strong international dimension to their work. Their areas of specialism include; Business Disputes, Offshore Structures and International Law, Trusts, Estate and Contentious Probate, Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing, Company and Partnership Law, Insolvency, Financial Services, Spread Betting & Capital Markets, Arbitration, Professional Negligence, Charities and Property. 

  • Ten Old Square. They offer one pupillage each year. Pupillage is usually divided into four periods of three months and is structured so as to provide you with experience of all Chambers’ practice areas. You can expect to sit with at least four members of chambers during your time. During the second six months, there will be opportunities for you to undertake work of your own, usually on a pro bono basis. Their practice areas include Private Client, Property Litigation, Partnership, Insolvency, Commercial and Professional Negligence. 

  • Old Square Chambers. They have offices in Bristol and London and you choose where you wish to be based. You will experience a wide variety of work in different practice areas and have the opportunity to work closely with senior juniors and silks on complex and sometimes high profile cases. Practice areas include; employment and discrimination, professional discipline, personal injury, clinical negligence, product liability, environment, health and safety and public inquiries.

  • Pump Court Tax Chambers. They offer two pupillages each year. They are the largest Tax set. During the first six months you’ll have at least three pupil supervisors and will see most aspects of Chambers’ work. You should expect to be sitting in on conferences with clients, attending the tax tribunals and appellate courts, and drafting pleadings and written advice. During your second six months you’ll be working with a broader selection of Members of Chambers, including the Silks. The work will build on what you’ve done before but is likely to be more complex. By then you should have acquired the essentials of being a tax barrister and the expectations will be that much higher.

  • 4 Pump Court. They usually offer two pupillages a year. Pupillage at 4 Pump Court involves working with three pupil supervisors: the first two for 3 month periods and the third for the final six months. In the second six months you will spend a significant proportion of your time in the County Courts. You will quickly gain valuable experience of arguing cases in front of District Judges and Circuit Judges in a variety of common law matters, such as personal injury, sale of goods and insurance disputes. You continue to work with your pupil supervisors in the second six months, but at the same time you develop your own varied advocacy and advisory practice. Practice areas include: ADR, Commercial, Construction, Direct Access, Energy, Financial Services, Insurance, International Work, IT, Professional Negligence and Shipping. 

  • QEB. There are up to 3 pupillages offered each year. A pupillage at QEB is divided into three four-month periods each spent with a different supervisor. You share a room with your supervisor. After six months you become eligible to take on court work in his or her own right. QEB is one of the leading sets of Family Law chambers with particular expertise in matrimonial finance. The work typically involves individuals with substantial assets and requires analysis of complex financial information raising issues of company and trust law. It is not uncommon for there to be an international element to some cases and for members of chambers to represent figures in the public eye.

  • Quadrant Chambers. They offer 3 pupillages per year. Quadrant holds a pre-eminent international position in all aspects of the shipping and aviation sectors. In addition they provide expertise in Banking & Finance, Commercial Litigation, Sports & Media and Mediation. During pupillage you will see the full range of Chambers’ work in addition to the particular specialities of your pupil masters. 

Law: Barristers: R - Z

  • Radcliffe Chambers. They offer one pupillage a year. You may anticipate having up to four pupil supervisors during the pupillage and will see a wide range of traditional and commercial Chancery work, both advisory and in court. 

During your second six, you are likely to have the opportunity to undertake your own court work. Practice areas include Banking/financial Services, Charities, Company & Commercial, Consumer Credit/Mortgages, Court of Protection, Insolvency, Planning, Environment & Government, Pensions, Professional Negligence, Property, Trusts & Estates. 

  • Selborne Chambers. They offer two 12-month pupillages in any given year. You will undertake a structured pupillage encompassing all principal practice areas. It is envisaged that you will spend time with 3 or 4 pupil supervisors, each with varying types of practice. You can expect regular court appearances and instructions in your own right during the second six months of pupillage. Typically, these might include small claims and fast track trials, possession hearings, case management conferences, and interim applications, as well as advisory and drafting work. Members of Selborne are instructed in a wide variety of Commercial and Commercial Chancery areas, with particular emphasis on business matters (at both litigious and transactional stages); company and financial services; corporate and personal insolvency; real property; residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes; trusts and estates work; international and offshore work; civil fraud and asset recovery. 

  • Serle Court Chambers. They recruit two pupils each year. Each pupil is assigned to 4 supervisors, each with a different area of practice, in the course of the year. You spend the whole of the 12 month period of pupillage shadowing members of chambers, rather than taking on work in their own name. They offer expertise over a broad range of chancery and commercial disciplines – business law. A significant proportion of their work originates overseas. 

  • South Square. They offer 2 pupillages each year. The core practice areas include: Insolvency and restructuring, Banking, financial services and regulation, Company law and corporate finance, Commercial litigation and business disputes, Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

  • St Johns Chambers. Based in Bristol. They have the following practice groups: Commercial & Chancery, Family, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Employment, Public and Administrative Law and Crime & Regulatory. A pupil supervisor is assigned to every pupil. Irrespective of any intended specialisation in pupillage, you will be required to develop and practise common law drafting skills.

  • St Philips Barristers. During the first six months, you will gain experience in the work of most if not all of the practice groups. During the second six, you will be very busy with your own work in the Magistrates, Crown and County Courts. Their practice areas include: Commercial, Crime, Personal Injury, Employment, family, Property, ADR, Insolvency, Private Client, IP, Regulatory and Public & Administrative

  • Five Stone Buildings. They take on up to 2 pupils each year. Pupils sit with at least three supervisors. Much of their work focuses on private client issues. Typical cases include questions of personal taxation, the law of wills and estates, trusts, and real property, as well as the negligence of professionals acting or advising in these areas.  Some of the work is more commercial in nature, including contractual disputes, insolvency, and the enforcement of judgment debts; this is particularly so for junior members. 5 Stone Buildings is a leading set of chambers for work related to the Court of Protection, which has jurisdiction over the property and welfare of the mentally incapacitated.

  • Tanfield Chambers. They take on 2 or 3 pupils each year. Pupillage at Tanfield Chambers is divided into three periods of four months each with different pupil supervisors. The aim is to introduce you to each of the core practice areas in chambers, giving you experience of court work and the opportunity to work with as many members of chambers as possible. During your second six months, you can expect to be in court regularly. Your work will consist mainly of small claims trials: an ideal environment for 'cutting your teeth' in advocacy. Other likely work will include possession claims and interim applications, and for pupils undertaking family work, family issues (contact hearings, applications for injunctions and committals). Practice groups include: Property, Business & commercial, Employment and Family & Private Client. 

  • Wilberforce Chambers. They offer two 12-month pupillages each year. Pupils can expect to sit with at least 2 different pupil supervisors within their first 6 months. Practice areas include: Arbitration, Banking & Finance, Commercial, Company, Financial Services, Insolvency, IP & IT, International & Offshore, Pensions, Private Client, Professional Liability, Property and Regulatory. Salary is particularly generous. 

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