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36 Stone - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
36 Stone - 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:
Commercial; Arbitration; Shipping; International law; International trade
Specialist services:
Public access work; Mediation; Pro bono; Arbitration; Alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration)
South eastern; Midlands; London
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:
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
The 36 Stone Pupillage October 2020

36 Stone invites applications for a 12-month civil pupillage, to commence October 2020. The pupillage award is £60,000 comprising the elements set out in the “36 Stone Pupillage Award” section, below.

36 Stone is a practice group within The 36 Group Chambers specialising in shipping, international trade and arbitration. 36 Stone comprises 16 barristers, including three Silks (i.e. Queen’s Counsel (QC) and associate members in other jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, Singapore and Brunei.

36 Stone’s members are some of the highest regarded barristers in the practice areas of shipping, international trade and arbitration, with the majority of members ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. 36 Stone has a long-established reputation in these practice areas, having previously existed as Stone Chambers. We continue to be based in 4 Field Court in Gray’s Inn, and also have an office in Singapore.

We will recruit a pupil who is committed to practising in international commercial litigation and in particular shipping, international trade and arbitration. 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.

While pupillage at 36 Stone will be primarily focused on learning the essential elements of the law and practice of shipping and international trade, it is also specifically designed to ensure appropriate exposure to all aspects of drafting, advisory work and advocacy: time will be split equally between pupil supervisors and pupils will also spend time working with other members of 36 Stone to ensure grounding in key skills.

The first six months will be spent with two pupil supervisors, where pupils will be introduced to shipping and international trade law, attend court and arbitrations, and assist with work on papers. The second six months will focus on paperwork, given the extent of advisory and drafting work encountered in everyday practice. Opportunities for advocacy and court time are limited during pupillage, because of the specialist nature of the work that we do, but we do ensure that pupils obtain in-house advocacy training.

In the event that candidates for pupillage are invited to interview, interviewing days will be confirmed in due course.

Those offered a pupillage at 36 Stone will benefit from a pupillage award package to the value of £60,000. Chambers may (at its discretion) advance up to £10,000 of the financial award during the year prior to pupillage commencing. If £10,000 is drawn down in the year preceding pupillage, the remaining £50,000 of the financial award will be evenly distributed to the pupil during the 12 months of pupillage.

Further information about 36 Stone 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.