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20 Essex Street - 12 months - September 2020 (Deferred 2021)

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
20 Essex Street
Head of Chambers:
Christopher Hancock QC & Duncan Matthews QC
Address of chambers:
20 Essex Street
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Practice areas:
Shipping; Energy; Civil fraud; Insolvency and restructuring; International law; Banking and financial services; Banking and consumer credit; European law; Competition; Information technology; International commercial arbitration
Specialist services:
Public access work; Mediation; Pro bono
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:
15 September 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage

20 Essex Street is one of the leading International Commercial sets. We are at the forefront of developments in a wide range of areas of law, including Banking and Financial Services, Civil Fraud, Energy and Natural Resources, European Law, Competition, Insolvency and Restructuring, Insurance and Reinsurance, International Commercial Arbitration, Public International Law, Private International Law, Public Law, Shipping Law, Commodities and Sport. We aim to recruit the best candidates, based on merit only. We are looking for those who demonstrate the aptitude and desire to succeed in our areas of expertise. We are proud of our high retention rate and in the past five years over 85% of our pupils have been offered tenancy.

We use Rare's Contextual Recruitment System to review applications for pupillage and mini-pupillage in the context of candidates’ socio-economic background. This allows us to consider whether candidates have overachieved in light of their wider personal circumstances and reflects our commitment to encourage and support fair access to the Bar. Applicants will receive an invitation to complete a CRS questionnaire.

We offer an award of £65,000 per annum. Two thirds of this award is paid during the first six months and the balance during the second six. Pupils are permitted to draw down up to £25,000 of this award before commencing pupillage.

If you have excellent intellectual and analytical skills and are interested in a pupillage and career at a highly successful and very friendly set, we look forward to receiving your application. Please include details of two academic referees.

Mini Pupillage
Applicants will only be considered for pupilage if they have completed, or been offered, a mini pupillage in Chambers. Details of our mini pupillage application process are set out on the mini-pupillage page of our website.

Other applications
We occasionally advertise vacancies for second and third six month pupillages.
If you are an established practitioner who wishes to join Chambers please consult the tenancy page on our website.

All decisions about tenancy are taken purely on merit. Our policy is straightforward: if you achieve the tenancy standard, you will be offered tenancy irrespective of space and or of the number of other pupils.
New tenants enjoy generous concessions in their first year. They can expect a wide-ranging commercial practice and may have the opportunity to travel worldwide, not least to our Singapore annexe.

Equal Opportunities
Chambers is an Equal Opportunities employer and adheres to the Bar Standards Board Equality and Diversity Code. We welcome applications from all groups and make reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates.
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. BC4 - 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. BC5 - Please identify any additional experiences / skills gained that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
  3. BC2 - What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
  4. BC3 - Give reasons for your choice of chambers. (200 words)
  5. Quiz - Imagine you are appearing on a TV quiz show. What would you choose as your specialist (non-legal) subject? (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.