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Pupillage Applications


At 4KBW, we recognise that pupillage is an important stage of a barrister’s career. First and foremost, it is an opportunity to develop the skills which the pupil will use throughout his or her practice and to observe others putting those skills into practice. Second, it is a time for the pupil to get to know the individuals who make up Chambers and to decide whether he or she wants to build his or her career amongst them. Third, it is an opportunity for the pupil to put developing skills into practice and, hopefully, to secure a tenancy.

We do not embrace the old-fashioned perception of pupillage as a year-long interview. Whilst securing a tenancy is an important aim for most of our pupils, we believe that the emphasis of a pupillage at 4KBW should be on the pupil’s development as a barrister as well as on his or her assessment as a future tenant.

Our pupillages are designed to achieve this goal.In developing this philosophy Chambers prides itself on offering a modern innovate approach to pupillage. Chambers operates a structured development of advocacy and skills training in the first six months, and in the second six emphasis will be in developing court advocacy skills. Our experience shows this route develops strong advocates with advanced skills in case management and preparation.

Applicants for first six pupillage will be expected to have performed at a high academic level and show a commitment to develop their acquired legal skills for successful practice at the Bar. All first six applicants seeking a second six in Chambers will need to reapply to secure a second six.

Applicants for second six pupillages must demonstrate a solid grounding in basic practice and procedure. Prior to selection, applicants should expect to produce examples of written work and references for both academic training and also professional work.

At each stage of the interview process, 4KBW will apply the guidance set out in the Equality Code for the Bar. In particular, care is taken to ensure:

  • All interviews have a common structure and that similar questions are asked of each candidate.
  • All questions will avoid personal relationships and family composition which are irrelevant to suitability; and no assumptions will be made about a candidate’s abilities or potential based upon age, race, sex, sexual orientation or disability.

To assist applicants to put together their pupillage application chambers has set out a selection criteria. Applications and interviews are not designed to require tricks and stunts. We hope by setting out what we are looking for we assist applicants consider with care what is required and what they need to show to us in writing and orally.

Objective Selection Criteria

Pupillage Objective Selection Criteria 2016

Professional Statement for Barristers

How to Apply

Chambers does not subscribe to the Pupillage Gateway. However, in accordance with the rules all our pupillages are advertised on the Pupillage Gateway website, which can be found here.

Applications for pupillage are to be made in writing to chambers to include a one page covering letter and 2 page C.V. marked for the attention of Pupillage Application.

An assessed mini pupillage may be required.

We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, and aim to select candidates for both pupillage and tenancy solely on merit irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. We will consider any reasonable adjustments needed to ensure that you can participate in our selection process fairly.

Chambers of Lawrence Power
4 King’s Bench Walk


First Six Pupillage Experience:
Timothy Wake

On my first day of pupillage, I did not know what to expect. I knew the basics of what pupillage was supposed to be like but practically I really had no idea. I thought it would be like an extended mini-pupillage, however although in a mini-pupillage you get a taste for what pupillage is like...


Second Six Pupillage Experience:
Christopher McCarthy

Having finished my first six in chambers, I felt, going into the second six, a mixture of excitement at being on my feet with my own case load and apprehension about dealing with the challenges of the modern Bar, fortunately 4KBW operates a guaranteed earnings scheme. That being said, in typical 4KBW style, there was always a friendly and collegiate atmosphere around chambers, regardless of call, in which to bounce ideas and get assistance when required.