What we are looking for
We do not stream our pupils. Each has an equal prospect of securing a tenancy.
In considering prospective candidates for pupillage or mini-pupillage, we concentrate on four criteria:
- Evidence of the requisite intellectual ability, usually (at this stage) as measured by performance in university and school examinations and at interview and other experience. We may also require applicants to complete a piece of written work during the course of the selection process.
- Potential as an advocate both in oral and written advocacy.
- Personal qualities such as self-reliance, independence, integrity, reliability and the capacity to work effectively with clients, colleagues and Chambers’ staff.
- Motivation to succeed in a career at the Bar, including the steps taken to acquire the personal qualities required of a barrister.
Our criteria are objective and we welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds and from all universities.
We observe a policy of equal opportunities and select our mini-pupils, pupils and tenants on merit alone, irrespective of race, gender, age, sexuality, religious belief, disability, marital status or background. All applicants are required to complete the Bar Council Equality Code questionnaire to submit with their mini-pupillage application form. This is used for monitoring purposes only.
We cannot guarantee that any pupil will be offered a tenancy, but we recruit by objective standards, and any pupil reaching those standards will be taken on, regardless of issues such as accommodation or work available. We give every assistance to pupils who have not been offered a tenancy when seeking places in other chambers. We also find that our former pupils are sought-after by good firms of solicitors.