Attracting highly able and committed individuals to pupillage plays a major part in our strategy for the future. Our pupillage programme is well planned and structured and we have an excellent record of recruiting from our pupils.
We shall shortly be inviting applications for pupillage commencing in October 2019. We shall aim to recruit up to two pupils. The pupillage award for each pupil will be worth £50,000.
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. We believe a balanced pupillage is essential.
During the second six months, 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. You will be expected to continue with paperwork for your pupil supervisors during this busy time.
You will be assessed regularly throughout your pupillage by your pupil supervisors. We focus particularly on the quality of paperwork throughout pupillage as well as your skills as an advocate during the second 6 months. Formal advocacy assessments take place at intervals. Feedback from the Clerks and from Instructing Solicitors is actively sought to assist you to achieve your maximum potential during pupillage.
We prefer to recruit from our own pupils each year and you will be considered for a tenancy approximately 9 months into your pupillage.
What about earnings as a tenant? There are many misconceptions about life at the Common Law Bar. One of them is that you cannot earn enough. We have not found that to be the case, unless you have a high rolling lifestyle. For the ambitious and industrious, your hard work will be amply rewarded; recruitment as a tenant promises attractive receipts in the early years of practice. In addition, you are supported financially for the first 3 years of your tenancy through a very generous subsidised rent package.
We believe specialisation is best after a few years' experience. Junior tenants are in court most days each week in a range of areas of work. You can literally be in an Employment Tribunal one day, a personal injury County Court hearing the next and a Magistrates Court trial the day after that. This provides an intellectually stimulating practice which is an excellent grounding for career development.
We look for candidates of high intellectual ability, usually evidenced by at least a 2:1 degree but who can also demonstrate a commitment to the Bar and a flair for advocacy, combined with common sense and sound judgment. If words such as highly motivated, robust, a real team player apply to you, then we would like to hear from you.
The application window will open on 18 December 2017 and close on 25 February 2018. When the window opens, you will be able to download from this page the application form and the application guidance. Please check back then. 9 Gough Square is not a member of the Pupillage Gateway.
Please note that first round interviews will be held on 24 March 2018 and second round interviews on 16 and 17 April 2018.