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3 Verulam Buildings - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
3 Verulam Buildings
Head of Chambers:
Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC
Address of chambers:
3 Verulam Buildings
Gray's Inn
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Aviation; Banking and financial services; Banking and consumer credit; Business; Civil fraud; Commercial; Consumer law; Energy; Finance; Financial services and regulation; Information technology; Insolvency and restructuring; Insurance and reinsurance; International commercial arbitration; Media and entertainment; Professional negligence; Regulatory; Shipping; Telecommunications
Specialist services:
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:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
For the twelve-month period commencing October 2020, Chambers seeks up to three Gateway pupils.
Applicants must demonstrate by their application, CV and interview:

• very strong academic and analytical abilities: as a general guide, successful applicants usually have a first in their undergraduate studies or a Master’s degree or both and an applicant will be unlikely to reach the first round without at least a high 2i in their undergraduate studies and a good record on the GDL where applicable;
• strong written and oral advocacy abilities, which usually require experience in debating, mooting, pro bono work through FRU or similar activities; and
• a commitment to and understanding of the Commercial Bar and the determination, integrity and resilience to build a successful commercial practice.

Candidates must also impress the interviewing panel with their temperament, commercial sense and motivation (the latter demonstrated in part by having done mini-pupillages at 3VB and/or at similar commercial sets). Candidates’ other non-legal experience and their personality are relevant to these criteria.

First-round interviews are scheduled for 7 and 8 Mar 2019 and final interviews for 28 and 29 Mar 2019.

We positively encourage applications from groups who are currently under-represented in Chambers such as women and those from ethnic minorities. We have no preference for an undergraduate law degree over the one-year conversion course but wish to recruit the best and the brightest candidates whatever their background.

Chambers' pupillage policy can be viewed in more detail on our website,

The year of pupillage at 3VB offers the opportunity to sit with and learn from four top commercial juniors, each for a period of three months. In addition to working with pupil supervisors, pupils will also be asked to work with members of Chambers of all levels. During the course of pupillage, pupils undertake two or three advocacy exercises, to prepare them for practice and to permit Chambers to provide feedback. During the practising second six months, pupils are permitted to take direct instructions from Chambers’ solicitors and to undertake a limited amount of advocacy and written work on their own account (income from which is additional to the pupillage award and not subject to any chambers expenses). The tenancy decision is usually taken by mid-July.

The pupillage award for 2020-2021 is £65,000, up to £20,000 of which may be drawn down during the year prior to pupillage.

3VB operates an equality and diversity policy in accordance with the Bar Code of Conduct and the Bar Standards Board's Equality and Diversity Rules. We are willing to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate disabled applicants, pupils and tenants, and candidates with a disability are asked to indicate during the application process the nature of their disability and any adjustments they think 3VB might have to make to accommodate them as regards the application process and as regards pupillage and tenancy.
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. Identify a decided case within 3VB's field of work (and the more recent, the better) that you find interesting, and explain why. (200 words)
  2. Why do you think integrity is an important aspect of practice at the Commercial Bar? (200 words)
  3. 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)
  4. 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.