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 a week are strongly encouraged, although not obligatory. Spending a week in Chambers gives the applicant a much better idea of the kind of work we do and of the atmosphere in Chambers.
Further information regarding pupillage at 4 Stone Buildings can be found in the Pupillage Guide. For the Pupillage year commencing in October 2019, applications should be made through the Pupillage Gateway, which is expected to open in late 2017.