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36 Crime - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
36 Crime - Part of the 36 Group
Head of Chambers:
Richard Wilson QC & William Harbage QC
Address of chambers:
36 Bedford Row
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Specialist services:
Public access work; Mediation; Pro bono; Alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration); Arbitration
South eastern; London; Midlands
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£40,000 - £49,999
Closing date:
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
The Criminal Pupillage October 2020

36 Crime invites applications for a 12-month criminal pupillage, to commence October 2020. The criminal pupillage award is £40,000 comprising the elements set out in the “36 Crime Pupillage Award” section, below.

36 Crime is a specialist practice group within The 36 Group. 36 Crime comprises over 50 barristers, including ten Queen’s Counsel. We have a particularly strong presence in the field of cybercrime. Our members have prosecuted and defended in many of the biggest and most significant cybercrime cases brought in recent years. We also have well established and growing extradition, police disciplinary, modern slavery, consumer law, and economic crime and regulation teams.

We undertake both privately and publicly funded defence and prosecution work in Crown Courts in the Midlands, London and South East. Our barristers also routinely appear in the Court of Appeal and High Court, as well as before a variety of regulatory bodies. Some Magistrates Courts’ work is also done, although that tends to be mostly by pupils in their second six months of pupillage.

We have always regarded our pupils and our junior-junior tenants as our future, and we seek to invest our time and resources to ensure they develop as fully as possible. Pupils are always recruited with a view to offering tenancy at the end of the 12 months, if they satisfy our criteria. We have an excellent record of our pupils becoming tenants with us.

We will recruit a pupil who is committed to practising in criminal law and related areas, such as extradition, trading standards, police disciplinary work, and economic crime and regulatory work. Our specialist criminal pupillage is designed to ensure appropriate exposure to all aspects of criminal drafting, advising and advocacy. Although a pupil will have two main pupil supervisors, pupils also spend time with other members both within the criminal team and within other specialist practice groups (i.e. the Civil and Family practice groups, respectively) to ensure a solid grounding in key skills. In-house advocacy training is provided. Our pupils are expected to work hard and are expected to travel (our financial award reflects this) often at short notice and across the whole geo-graphic area covered by members. During the second six months a pupil can expect to be in Court most days.

In the event that candidates for pupillage are invited to interview, interviewing days will be on two Saturdays in April 2019

Those offered a criminal pupillage at 36 Crime will benefit from a pupillage award package to the value of £40,000. This will consist of a £30,000 financial award, plus £10,000 guaranteed earnings during the 2nd six months of pupillage. Chambers may (at its discretion) advance up to £5,000 of the award during the year prior to pupillage commencing. If £5,000 is drawn down in the year preceding pupillage, the remaining £25,000 of the financial award will be evenly distributed to the pupil during the 12 months of pupillage.

Further information about 36 Crime can be found at


The 36 Group will be offering three pupillages to be advertised on the Pupillage Gateway in November 2018. The pupillages are to start in October 2020. The pupillages will be one for each of the following dedicated practice groups
Stone (International Trade and Shipping), Crime and Family.
The 36 Group has recently joined forces with the specialist shipping set Stone Chambers who will be known as 36 Stone. The membership which now number 140 including 20 Silks are in the process of moving to prestigious new premises at 4 Field court in Gray’s Inn. As well as welcoming the Stone Chambers team to the practice, The 36 Group will also acquire its Singapore office.

The 36 Group comprises 5 specialist practice groups, 36 Commercial, 36 Crime, 36 Family, 36 Public and Human Rights and 36 Stone.

Each practice group has its own Head of Team, its own Practice Manager and its own strategy, business plan and ethos. Almost all practitioners are members of only one of the practice groups and specialise in that area alone.

Chambers has a history stretching back to the 1850s with a common law back ground which chambers has over the past 25 years moved steadily away from and into dedicated specialist practice groups. Practice/business development managers for the specialist groups assist individual barristers with their practice development supported by a well-funded marketing strategy tailored to the particular needs of each practice group.

Application Questions

The following questions will form the Pupillage Application Questionnaire section of the application form for this pupillage vacancy. These are included here to allow you to prepare in advance.

  1. BC1: Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? In your answer, please identify any relevant experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career (200 words)
  2. BC2: Why do you want to join our chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.