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Red Lion Chambers - 12 months - September 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Red Lion Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Anthony Shaw QC and Gillian Jones QC
Address of chambers:
18 Red Lion Court
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Specialist services:
South eastern
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:
September 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Why Choose Us

We are one of the largest and highest ranked criminal sets in the country. Our work is challenging, rewarding, varied and often attracts public and media attention. We have a progressive work culture that allows candidates with exceptional ability to flourish.

Our set is home to over 100 barristers including over 20 Queen’s Counsel and a number of Crown Court Recorders. Many of our former members have been appointed to the judiciary, both as circuit and High Court judges. Those who gain pupillages with us therefore have access to an extensive pool of knowledge and expertise. By working alongside a diverse range of experienced specialists, pupils will learn from some of the best practitioners currently serving at the Bar.

Our members have a collaborative working approach and our practice groups are designed to disseminate knowledge and develop group expertise in a number of specialist areas. Those who gain pupillage with us will therefore have access to an extensive pool of knowledge and expertise, able to train alongside a range of experienced specialists.

Our pupils are also welcomed into the social life of chambers. We pride ourselves on being a friendly, approachable set, and there are regular opportunities to meet and mingle with members at all levels in an informal context. We have a very relaxed tea at 4pm where those working at their desks in chambers meet to chat about everything and anything. There are regular events in chambers, including talks and social networking events organised by our juniors, lectures and CPD sessions, monitoring groups that meet to discuss developments in a variety of areas of law and IT, dinners and celebrations.

Our historic reputation for excellence alongside our warm and collegiate team environment regularly attracts talent from other chambers. Ultimately, it is our heritage, values, skill and passionate belief in representation for all, that bind us together as one of the country’s most respected and admired legal teams.


We are offering up to three twelve-month pupillages.

Pupils will generally have one pupil supervisor every four months to ensure they observe a wide range of work and are able to draw from different working practices and approaches. Pupils will spend some time at our Chelmsford Annexe, allowing them the opportunity to meet all members of chambers and to further develop their professional connections.

In the second six months, pupils can expect to be both in the magistrates and Crown court, usually on a daily basis, and sometimes twice a day. Pupils begin to develop their own practice, and will continue to be involved with that of their supervisor, and other members of chambers.


Chambers enjoys an outstanding reputation for advocacy. We are particularly proud of our in-house advocacy training run by Queen’s Counsel and members of chambers throughout pupillage.

• A full programme is designed and delivered throughout the year, helping our pupils develop their skills, so as to ensure pupils starting their second six pupillage are well-equipped for courtroom trial advocacy. This training continues throughout the second six months of pupillage.
• The regular exercises reflect the full range of skills required in tactical advocacy and witness handling. The exercises include bail applications, pleas in mitigation, examination in chief, cross-examination, speeches and legal argument.
• The sessions also cover written work. Pupils gain experience in drafting attendance notes, agendas, case summaries and openings, skeleton arguments, and applications.
• Interactive workshops are held to address topics such as ethics, good conduct and client care. Just before the second six months of pupillage, our junior tenants host a training session on magistrates’ court procedure, etiquette and useful tips to help with the first few weeks of practice.
• We also invite guests into chambers to assist with advocacy sessions, including district and circuit judges.
• During the course of the year, our pupils have the opportunity to conduct a mock trial at a Crown Court. This year the mock trial will take place at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), judged by a circuit judge, with members of chambers acting as witnesses and jury. This is an invaluable opportunity for advice and feedback.


Chambers will provide the following funding and opportunities for all 12 month pupils:

(i) Funding of £17,000 for the year paid by way of monthly instalments.
(ii) Guaranteed minimum earnings of £10,000 during the full 12 month pupillage (including during the first six period of pupillage).
(iii) Chambers will pay for all compulsory courses undertaken during pupillage.
(iv) Chambers will pay for a zone 1-6 travel card (worth £1200) during the first 6 months of pupillage.
(v) Chambers offers an interest free loan scheme to our pupils wishing to purchase a laptop for work use.

Chambers understands the difficulties facing those who enter the profession at the most junior level. To that end during the second six month period of pupillage Chambers does not require our pupils to pay rent or clerks commission on any earnings. Chambers makes monthly payments in advance for all outstanding age debt amounts, so that our pupils do not have any owed income.

During the period of a third six pupillage, pupils are eligible for a rent-free period of six months . No clerk’s commission is charged during this period.

Additionally, those who successfully join Chambers following a full twelve-month pupillage or a third six pupillage, will also be eligible for a rent-free period of six months from the start of their tenancy. No clerk’s commission is charged during this period.
How to apply
Applications open on 7th January 2019 and close on 7th February 2019. Applicants will be able to download our pupilllage application form from our website from 7th January 2019. Completed forms should be sent to by no later than 7th February 2019. Applicants will then be sent a link to complete an equality and diversity questionnaire.