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Chambers has vacancies for pupillage commencing October 2021

Chambers is inviting applications from candidates interested in a common law or family pupillage, in accordance with the advertisement which currently appears on the Pupillage Gateway.

The selection and training of pupils is vital to the continued success of Oriel Chambers. Chambers only offers pupillages with a view to offering tenancy to successful pupils at the conclusion of their training. Every effort is made to support our pupils throughout pupillage. Pupils are encouraged to obtain broad-based practical experience during pupillage and will have the opportunity to experience work in all areas in which Members of Chambers practice. Chambers believes this approach provides the best practical education possible and establishes a firm foundation upon which a pupil barrister can be expected to build a successful practice and future career.

In addition to applications from candidates interested in a general common law pupillage, Chambers would also welcome applications for a family pupillage from candidates who can demonstrate their commitment to a career at the Family Bar. Chambers has family practitioners at all levels, specialising in both children and finance work.

Pupillage Selection Criteria include:

  • Ability
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Motivation

Within those criteria, Chambers are looking for:

  • Evidence of strong academic ability and a minimum 2:1 initial Degree, save in exceptional circumstances. A successful candidate will have achieved good A’Level results (or equivalent).

  • Evidence of excellent advocacy skills, for example from mooting, debating or other public speaking, and including evidence of sound judgment. In addition, candidates will be required to undertake practical advocacy exercises at the various stages of the interview process.

  • Evidence of good interpersonal skills and the personality to make a positive contribution to both the profession and to Chambers, for example evidenced by previous employment and/or life experiences both within and beyond the sphere of . “The Law”;

  • Highly motivated applicants committed to pursuing a career at the Bar and to practising in Liverpool and Preston, for example evidenced by the undertaking of mini-pupillages and/or other similar work experience and by the reasoning behind the decision to apply to Oriel Chambers.

Structure of Pupillage

Pupils are allocated to one or more Pupil Supervisor(s) for a 12-month period of pupillage, although they will attend Court with other members of Chambers during the course of their first six months of pupillage. Pupils will also attend case conferences and deal with paperwork, including legal pleadings, advices and opinions and will be expected to undertake paperwork for any member of Chambers in addition to the Pupil Supervisor in order that the Pupil experiences a wide variety of work and also in order that there is a broad assessment of the Pupil’s capabilities. The Pupil will be required to undertake regular advocacy exercises during the course of the first six. During the second six months of pupillage, pupils can expect to be in court conducting their own work regularly.

A successful candidate’s particular interests will be taken into account when allocating Pupil Supervisors.


Our policy is that the funding for Pupillage will be no less than the minimum award required by the Bar Council. The pupillage award will take the form of a grant for the first six months of pupillage which meets the minimum award as specified annually by the Bar Council and guaranteed earnings during the second six months. Chambers also covers the fees for all compulsory courses undertaken as part of pupillage.

Details of how to apply

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Applications must be received in Chambers between 11.00 a.m. on 4th January 2021 and 11.00 a.m. on 8th February 2021. Applications received outside of this period will not be considered. Completed application forms must be emailed to

Applications received by other methods, including fax or post, will not be considered.

Mini Pupillages

Chambers encourages prospective Pupils to undertake a mini-pupillage in Chambers. This will give candidates an opportunity to experience the work and atmosphere of Chambers. Information on mini-pupillages can be found here.

Equality and Diversity

Chambers complies with the requirements of the Equality and Diversity Code for the Bar which can be found on the website of the Bar Standards Board at