Chambers operates from three centres, London, Winchester and Swindon. There are three practice teams: Family, Criminal and Civil. Family specialisms include public law, private law, Hague Convention/child abduction, and family finance. Criminal specialisms include general crime, regulatory crime, discipliary work and courts martial work (in this country and abroad), both prosecution and defence. Civil specialisms include personal injury, employment, inheritance and probate, property and planning, business/commercial and judicial review. Individual specialisms include ecclesiastical law, Nigerian law and countryside law.
Historically a Western Circuit set, a significant amount of work is now undertaken on the South Eastern and other circuits. Members of all teams regularly appear in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
There are over 91 members of Chambers at present (including 6 silks), about half of whom are based in Winchester or Swindon. About 60% of our work is on Circuit, including most of the crime. Most of our Circuit work is in Hampshire (about an hour on the train from London) but we also travel to Dorset, Wiltshire and further afield. The London practitioners travel out on Circuit when their practice requires it. The spread of work in Chambers is approximately 50% family, 25% crime and 25% civil. The teams focus attention upon the main practice areas, arrange marketing, seminars etc and facilitate the dissemination of new ideas or developments in the law to those in Chambers who are interested. Some members of Chambers practise almost exclusively in one or another area, whilst others have a more general practice. For the first three years of practice junior tenants belong to all three teams.
Pupillages are offered on a combination of academic merit and success at interview. If you are successful at the first interview you will be invited to a second interview and offers will be made in accordance with the OLPAS summer timetable after the completion of the second interviews.
Pupillages are for twelve months commencing in October, although adjustments may be made if necessary. Pupillages are divided into three four-month seats, with a family, criminal and civil supervisor respectively. There is generally a maximum of 2 pupils in Chambers at any one time. Pupils may elect to be based in London or Winchester. However, if based in London the pupil will spend one seat based in Winchester and vice versa.
Pupils are encouraged to travel with their supervisors although not necessarily to every hearing, nor those at a great distance. Pupils are also encouraged to see other members of Chambers at work, particularly the junior tenants in order to familiarise themselves with the type of work done in the second-six months of pupillage. We aim to ensure that our pupillages are as varied and interesting as possible. In order to ensure that the fullest communication is maintained between pupils and the rest of Chambers, a junior member in both London and Winchester is appointed each year to act as liaison so that any queries or problems can be raised which might not be so readily or conveniently dealt with through the pupil supervisor or other routes.
The pupillage awards are as shown in the “Chambers Pupillages and Awards” guide issued by the Bar Council. We currently offer a total of two twelve month pupillages with a grant of £5,000 and guaranteed earnings of £19,000 per pupil. Any third-six pupillages we offer are not funded, but in the past few years working pupils have consistently earned reasonably well.
One week mini-pupilages are offered in April and July. We attend the Target Law Pupillage Fair usually held in March each year in Lincoln's Inn and welcome your questions about chambers and the Bar.
Junior tenants are recruited exclusively from those who have served a period of pupillage in these Chambers. At the time when a decision is made all those pupils in Chambers who are eligible and apply will be considered. Decisions of this kind are made in September. Since 2007 we have taken on twelve of our pupils.
If you are looking for a pupillage in a common law chambers we hope that you will consider an application to Pump Court Chambers and we look forward to hearing from you.
Enquiries about the procedure for pupillage applications should be made to the Pupillage Gateway secretariat in good time for the commencement of the applications timetable. We are members of OLPAS. Application forms and further details can be obtained from the Bar Council Pupillage and Training Office at 289-293 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HZ, from the Bar Council website (www.barcouncil.org.uk) or the Pupillage Gateway site (www.pupillagegateway.com). Applications should be submitted in accordance with the Pupillage Gateway timetable.
Third Six Pupillage
We welcome applications from 3rd six pupils at any time.