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4 New Square - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
4 New Square
Head of Chambers:
Mark Cannon QC
Address of chambers:
4 New Square
Lincoln's Inn
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Construction and engineering; Professional liability; Insurance and reinsurance; Costs; Litigation; Commercial and chancery; Public law; Human rights; Sports law; International commercial arbitration
Specialist services:
Arbitration and mediation
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
2 January 2019 at 12:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
4 New Square is a leading commercial and civil set of barristers comprising 83 members, of whom 25 are Queen's Counsel.

We have for many years consistently been rated as the top set for professional liability work, which brings a wide variety of complex litigation to all members of Chambers. In addition, we receive high quality instructions in commercial litigation, international arbitration, chancery, insurance, construction, costs, product liability, public law and sports law work.

We are a friendly set who regularly socialise together and enjoy a supportive environment with an open door policy.

Chambers attracts a large amount of junior advocacy work which reflects the emphasis on developing pupils and junior tenants into experienced advocates to equip them for a successful career at the Bar.

Pupil Profile
In considering prospective candidates for pupillage or mini-pupillage, we concentrate on four criteria:
• Evidence of the requisite intellectual ability, as distinct from pure legal knowledge. At this stage intellectual ability is usually 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 staff in Chambers.
• Motivation to succeed in a career at the Bar, including the steps taken to acquire the personal qualities required of a barrister.

Pupillage Structure
Starting your pupillage
At the outset, you will be introduced to the members of Chambers and staff. There is a two-day pleading and advices course, run by junior members of Chambers, where key topics are considered and pupils have the chance, in a non-assessed environment, to raise any questions they may have.

Pupil supervisors
You will be allocated a pupil supervisor in October. Pupils share their supervisor's room and accompany them in all aspects of their practice. You will move to a new pupil supervisor in January and again in April. You may sometimes also work with other members of Chambers if there is a case of special interest.

The first six months
You will attend court and conferences with your pupil supervisor. You will assist your pupil supervisor with their work, for instance by carrying out detailed legal research. You will also draft statements of case and write opinions.

The second six months
During your second six months, you will take on an increasing amount of your own court work. We place a strong emphasis on advocacy and support our pupils in gaining valuable practical experience. You can expect to be in court on your own about once a week up to the tenancy decision and more thereafter.

You will take part in three assessed moots during your pupillage. The pupil supervisors provide feedback to the pupils following the moots, which are normally judged by members of the judiciary. Prior to the practising period of pupillage, there is also a further training session on the types of applications and hearings which you are likely to undertake during your second six months.

We aim to provide a friendly and sociable atmosphere. Pupils are included in Chambers social events throughout the year.

What award is offered?
The total annual award is £65,000, comprising a £55,000 award (of which £5,000 is paid immediately upon acceptance of the offer and a further £15,000 can be drawn down during the BPTC year) and guaranteed earnings in the second 6 months of £10,000. Pupils are allowed to keep any earnings from their second 6 months, including anything earned in excess of the £10,000 guarantee. New tenants have a guaranteed income of £240,000 (net of Chambers expenses), in addition to their pupillage award, over the first three years of practice.
How to apply
Application forms can be found on the Recruitment page of our website at

When are the interviews?
Closing date for applications: 12 noon Wednesday 2nd January 2019
First Round Interviews: Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th January 2019
Second Round Interviews: Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th January 2019

Pupillage contact details
If you have any queries please contact the Pupillage Co-Ordinator on 020 7822 2000 or email
All electronic applications should be sent to

Equal opportunities
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.

Tenancy offers
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.