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Pump Court Chambers - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Pump Court Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Oba Nsugbe QC
Address of chambers:
Pump Court Chambers
3 Pump Court
Temple, London
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Common Law
Practice areas:
Family; Civil; Common law; Crime
Specialist services:
Public access work; Mediation; Pro bono
Western; South eastern; London
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Chambers operates from three centres, London, Winchester and Swindon. There are three practice teams: Family, Criminal and Civil. Family specialisms include public law, private law, Hague Convention/child abduction, and family finance. Criminal specialisms include general crime, regulatory crime, disciplinary work and courts martial work (in this country and abroad), both prosecution and defence. Civil specialisms include personal injury, employment, inheritance and probate, property and planning, business/commercial and judicial review. Individual specialisms include ecclesiastical law, Nigerian law and countryside law.

Historically a Western Circuit set, a significant amount of work is now undertaken on the South Eastern and other circuits. Members of all teams regularly appear in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

There are over 100 members of Chambers at present (including 7 silks), about half of whom are based in Winchester or Swindon. About 60% of our work is on Circuit, including most of the crime. Most of our Circuit work is in Hampshire (about an hour on the train from London) but we also travel to Dorset, Wiltshire and further afield. The London practitioners travel out on Circuit when their practice requires it. The spread of work in Chambers is approximately 50% family, 25% crime and 25% civil. The teams focus attention upon the main practice areas, arrange marketing, seminars etc and facilitate the dissemination of new ideas or developments in the law to those in Chambers who are interested. Some members of Chambers practise almost exclusively in one or another area, whilst others have a more general practice. For the first three years of practice junior tenants belong to all three teams.

Pupillages are offered on a combination of academic merit and success at interview. If you are successful at the first interview you will be invited to a second interview and offers will be made in accordance with the OLPAS summer timetable after the completion of the second interviews.

Pupillages are for twelve months commencing in October, although adjustments may be made if necessary. Pupillages are divided into three four-month seats, with a family, criminal and civil supervisor respectively. There is generally a maximum of 2 pupils in Chambers at any one time. Pupils may elect to be based in London or Winchester. However, if based in London the pupil will spend one seat based in Winchester and vice versa.

Pupils are encouraged to travel with their supervisors although not necessarily to every hearing, nor those at a great distance. Pupils are also encouraged to see other members of Chambers at work, particularly the junior tenants in order to familiarise themselves with the type of work done in the second-six months of pupillage. We aim to ensure that our pupillages are as varied and interesting as possible. In order to ensure that the fullest communication is maintained between pupils and the rest of Chambers, a junior member in both London and Winchester is appointed each year to act as liaison so that any queries or problems can be raised which might not be so readily or conveniently dealt with through the pupil supervisor or other routes.
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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 wish to become a barrister? (200 words)
  2. 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)
  3. BC5 - Please identify any additional experiences / skills gained that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
  4. BC2 - What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
  5. BC3 - Give reasons for your choice of chambers. (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.