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Charter Chambers - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Charter Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Nicholas Rhodes QC & Neil Hawes QC
Address of chambers:
33 John Street
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Crime and Professional Discipline
Practice areas:
Crime; White collar crime; Extradition; Civil; Public law; Family; Immigration
Specialist services:
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:
£12,000 - £19,999
Closing date:
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
About Charter Chambers:

Charter Chambers is an established, highly ranked set of international barristers based in London. The practice areas of our 50 members, of whom 6 are Queen’s Counsel, include crime, fraud, commercial crime, regulation and professional discipline, extradition, public law and civil law in the UK and internationally.

Members of these Chambers have both prosecuted and defended in some of the most serious and noteworthy criminal trials in recent times, for example in the first LIBOR prosecution by the SFO, and the Hatton Garden jewel heist.

We have strong links to the RCN, NMC, GDC, the SFO, CAA, HMRC and the FCA which underlines our reputation as a Chambers with one of the strongest professional regulatory practice teams. Members of Chambers regularly appear in regulatory tribunal hearings such as fitness to practice hearings. Pupils and junior tenants often spend time on secondment to enhance their practice profile.

Pupillage at Charter Chambers:

We see our pupils as the future of Chambers and have a strong track record in recruiting from those who have completed their pupillage with us. We place great emphasis on the training of our pupils so that they are well prepared for a career at the Bar.

As a pupil at Charter you will be allocated one supervisor every four months. You would also be asked to complete written work for other members of chambers. This allows pupils to get to know a variety of members and obtain a broad experience, whilst retaining continuity of supervisor at the start of the second six.

In addition to a pupil supervisor you would also be assigned a junior member of chambers as a mentor.

In the first six you would learn the skills of our main practice areas by considering your supervisor’s cases, debating them with your supervisor and observing them in court. At the start of the pupillage, supervisors will agree a written plan with you, to ensure you have the opportunity in the first six to experience a breadth of work which will enable you to practise as widely as possible in your second six. This plan will be re-considered periodically and will continue into the second six.

Our in-house advocacy programme is comprehensive and lasts for the duration of the pupillage, taking pupils through some of the main hearings they would be expected to deal with at the start of their second six, with an emphasis on trial advocacy.

Towards the end of the first six you will attend court with junior tenants to experience the type of hearings you will soon be encountering on your feet. Once April arrives you can expect to be in court on a daily basis, conducting a wide variety of hearings in the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court, Youth Court, and potentially a wide variety of other tribunals.

The financial support level for pupils is £18,500, made up of an award of £9,250 in the first six months and guaranteed minimum earnings of £9,250 in the second six months.* It is Charter’s policy to pay for the cost of attending the compulsory Forensic Accountancy Course. Where pupils are asked to travel outside the M25, the travel expenses will be reimbursed.

* If a second-six pupil receives income in excess of the guaranteed earnings in any given month (£1,541) then Chambers will offset the surplus against any shortfall in the previous month(s) between earnings and guaranteed earnings, which resulted in a payout to the pupil. For avoidance of doubt this only applies to the second six months of pupillage.
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. Where do you see the self employed Bar in five years time? (100 words)
  2. Why do you wish to become a barrister? (200 words)
  3. Please identify any additional experiences / skills gained that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
  4. What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
  5. Give reasons for your choice of chambers. (200 words)
  6. 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)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.