Pupillage

5 Pump Court is an exciting, ambitious and flexible set committed to nurturing talent. A great choice for aspiring barristers!

We recruit pupils with a view to them being future tenants. We want to recruit pupils who have a good understanding of what a career in chambers entails, and are energised by the realities of the role. We are looking for exceptional candidates who are looking to build a successful career with us and who can demonstrate the following:

  • High level of academic achievement (minimum 2:1 degree in any subject);
  • Excellent advocacy skills and the ability to persuade people to your point of view;
  • Good quality analytical skills; the ability to assimilate complex factual information quickly and accurately and to explain it in relation to the relevant law;
  • Good communication skills, including the ability to explain complex legal issues verbally and in writing;
  • Outstanding inter-personal skills and the ability to form effective working relationships with colleagues, solicitors and clients.

What do we offer?

We're looking for pupils who are committed to a career in a common law set. All pupils undertake work in civil, criminal and family law. We try to match pupils with supervisors who specialise in areas where they have a particular interest. We offer unparalleled advocacy opportunities, and expect pupils in their second 6 to be in court most days.

We offer a Pupillage Award of £20,000, and earnings in second 6 typically exceed the Award. We also pay travel expenses in first 6, provide access to online resources allowing you to work from anywhere, and run a bespoke training programme for first 6 pupils run by our junior tenants. This focusses on applications and hearings that pupils will most commonly encounter in second 6. Our friendly junior tenants provide pupils with a huge amount of peer support, mentoring and social events. 

We are committed to flexibility and have an extensive flexible working policy. We will consider any request for flexibility within pupillage. For a confidential discussion regarding any request for flexibility, please contact our Chambers Director

How to apply

We recruit pupils through the Pupillage Gateway run by the Bar Council. We do not accept any applications outside the Gateway (other than for abridged pupillages or Third Six pupillages). 

We carefully review all applications against our criteria, then invite a small number of applicants for interview. We run a two stage interview process - a short first interview to assess, followed by a longer interview including an advocacy exercise with our Tenancy and Pupillage Committee. Currently all interviews are being conducted virtually. 

The current members of our Tenancy and Pupillage Committee are: Ivan Clarke (Chair); Michael Hayes; Lynette Calder; Chris Payne and Holly Symonds

We make offers of pupillage through the Pupillage Gateway. We have a high rate of retention following pupillage. 

Abridged pupillages

We accept applications outside the Pupillage Gateway from those who have permission from the Bar Standards Board to undertake an abridged pupillage (where exemption has been granted for part of the pupillage period). We have a strong history of accepting applications from solicitors transferring to the Bar. 

If you are looking for an abridged pupillage, please contact our Chambers Director in the first instance with a copy of your CV, a covering letter setting out your position and why you wish to join Chambers. Please attach a copy of the confirmation from the BSB of the length of pupillage you are required to undertake. 

We will review the application and in appropriate cases will arrange an interview, which will normally include an advocacy exercise.