There is both work and accommodation for new members, and our general policy is to have 2 pupils each year and to recruit each of those pupils who meets the required standard. We are committed to the Equality Code for the Bar. We believe that it is important for all pupils to see as much as possible of the different kinds of work in Chambers. This enables pupils to judge whether our work suits them, and enables different members of Chambers to assess the pupils. Each pupil therefore normally sits with, and does work for, more than one pupil supervisor in any six months. If another member of Chambers has a particularly interesting case in Court, a pupil will be encouraged to work and attend Court with him or her.
Candidates are expected to have first class, or good second class degrees (though not necessarily in law). But mere intellectual ability is only part of it: a successful candidate must have the confidence and ambition to succeed, the common sense to recognise the practical advice a client really needs, and the ability to get on well with clients, solicitors and other members of Chambers – and with the Clerks.
Mini-pupillages of between a day and 5 days are available, although not obligatory. Spending up to a week in Chambers gives the applicant a much better idea of the kind of work we do and of the atmosphere in Chambers.
Chambers offers mini-pupillages throughout the year save for the periods when the High Court is not sitting (in late December/early January; over Easter; and in August/September). As demand for these places is so high, and the slots for the remainder of 2019 have already been filled, Chambers invites applications for mini-pupillage in 2020 to be made on its mini-pupillage application form by the following deadlines:
For a mini-pupillage between 13 January and 8 April 2020 please apply by 30 September 2019.
For a mini-pupillage between 21 April and 31 July 2020 please apply by 31 January 2020.
For a mini-pupillage between 1 October and 21 December 2020 please apply by 30 June 2020.
All of the applications for a particular period will be considered after the closing date for applications for that period and applicants should expect to hear the outcome of their application within two weeks of that closing date.
Mini pupillage applications made outside of these periods may be considered in exceptional circumstances but Chambers will generally look to fill the slots available by reference to the deadlines set out above.
Further information regarding pupillage at 4 Stone Buildings can be found in the Pupillage Guide. For the Pupillage year commencing in October 2021, applications should be made through the Pupillage Gateway, which is expected to open January 2020.