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Quadrant Chambers – 12 months – October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Quadrant Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Luke Parsons QC
Address of chambers:
10 Fleet Street
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Shipping; Aviation; Banking and consumer credit; Finance; Energy; Insurance; Insolvency and restructuring; Shipbuilding; Chancery; Sports law; Media law and defamation; Commercial
Specialist services:
Arbitration; Mediation; Public access work
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:
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
5 October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Pupillage Application Process

Quadrant Chambers has a three stage application process:

Stage One: Application via the Pupillage Gateway

Applicants should use the Pupillage Gateway online portal to submit their written application. We look for candidates with a very strong academic background, excellent communication skills, and the commitment and energy to succeed in the competitive world of the Commercial Bar.

To ensure fairness, each candidate’s written application is marked blind.

Stage Two: Test Set

Candidates who successfully pass Stage One are asked to complete a Test Set of papers and return them to Chambers to be marked. This involves writing an Opinion on a more general rather than legal problem. The aim of the exercise is to assess candidates’ analytical skills and their ability to express themselves clearly and concisely. The exercise is not a test of legal knowledge (although some research is required). The problem is designed to be suitable for candidates who are studying for the GDL. To ensure fairness, each candidate’s answer is marked blind by two Members of Chambers.

Stage Three: Short List Interview

The candidates who produce the best test set are invited to an interview with an expanded panel of Members of Chambers. The aim of the interview is to further test candidates’ intellectual ability, analytical skills, judgment, and ability to think and express themselves clearly and persuasively under pressure.

Important Information

The Pupillage Gateway will open for applications at 11am on Monday 7 January 2019 and the deadline to apply is 11am on Thursday 7 February 2019
The invitations to complete the written test set will be sent during the week commencing 1st March 2019 with test sets to be returned within 10 days
Short-list interviews will be held during the week commencing 8 April 2019
Offers will be made via the Gateway on Tuesday 7 May 2019

A pupillage at Quadrant Chambers will help you develop the skills, knowledge and sound judgement you need to succeed as a commercial barrister. We offer up to three fully-funded, 12 month pupillages every year. Each pupillage carries an award of £65,000.

What we're looking for
We award pupillages to candidates who we believe will thrive in the intellectually demanding and competitive world of the Commercial Bar.

A Quadrant barrister possesses excellent analytical abilities; outstanding communication skills, both written and oral; the ability to perform under pressure and, perhaps most importantly, ambition and drive to succeed.

We measure these qualities via assessment of your academic records, extra-curricular activities and mooting performance. Shortlisted candidates will also be invited to interview.

Who can apply
Successful candidates have excellent academic records, with most having or predicted a first class degree. You need at least a high upper second degree to apply for pupillage.

Don’t be put off if you haven’t studied law. While many of our applicants read law in their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees, we welcome candidates who studied other rigorous academic disciplines.

Our application process ensures that non-law graduates are not at a disadvantage.

What you will do
A pupil supervisor will oversee your training, monitor your work and answer any queries you may have during pupillage.

You are assigned three successive supervisors over the course of the pupillage: the first two for three months and the third for six months. We aim to place you with barristers with a range of practices so you can experience a wide variety of work.

We run a series of introductory lectures during the first few weeks of your pupillage on key areas of law and practice.

You can then expect to spend time drafting opinions, pleadings and skeleton arguments, assisting with legal research tasks and producing a monthly digest of important cases.

Pupils also have the opportunity to shadow their pupil supervisor at hearings and conferences.

How we assess your performance
As part of your training, you must complete a series of advocacy exercises and written assignments.

Your pupil supervisor also provides informal feedback on individual pieces of work so that you can measure your general progress. Additional practice and training exercises can be arranged if necessary.

Formal feedback is given at the end of each placement and tenancy decisions are made at the end of June. We award tenancy based principally on the views of the pupil supervisors and the pupil’s performance in assessed tasks.

There is no pre-imposed limit to the number of pupils who are offered tenancy each year – we solely look at whether you meet the required standard.

Funding for pupillages
The award of £65,000 may be advanced during the BPTC year at the pupillage committee’s discretion. Quadrant Chambers pays for any compulsory course that pupils are required to undertake.

There is also possible scope for you to take on some fee-earning work during the final three months of the pupillage, the earnings of which can be retained on top of the pupillage award. While it isn’t possible for us to predict what you can earn during this period, in recent years pupils have earned an average of £10,000 and one as much as £22,450.

The Inns of Court all offer scholarships to help students fund their GDL and BPTC years. Details can be found at the following websites:

Equal Opportunities

Quadrant Chambers is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and this is reflected in our pupillage selection procedures.
Quadrant Chambers complies with all equal-opportunities legislation and keeps its procedures under review at all times.
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.