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Furnival Chambers - 12 months - October 2019

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Furnival Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC
Address of chambers:
30-32 Furnival Street
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Criminal; Crime; Extradition; Regulatory and disciplinary
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:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
1 March 2019 at 3:59 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2019
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Furnival Chambers is a thriving set specialising in defending and prosecuting the full spectrum of criminal cases. Members of chambers are also actively involved in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. Our tenants are involved in the most serious cases across the country.

Furnival is proud that 10 of our pupils have become tenants in the last 5 years, all of whom are now thriving and developing busy practices.

We are looking for independent, tenacious candidates who have a talent for communicating with a wide range of people and have a strong commitment to criminal law. They should be able to demonstrate an eye for detail and sound analytical skills. We encourage candidates who have not achieved at least a 2.1 in their degree to explain any exceptional circumstances that may have affected the result.

Our pupils primarily shadow their pupil supervisors for the first six months but arrangements are also made to follow other members of chambers to ensure that they get to see a wide range of work and different styles of advocacy.

At the start of pupillage each pupil is designated a ‘godparent’ (a younger tenant in chambers) to help them ease into chambers life and help them with any queries that they might have.

In their first six months our pupils benefit from our weekly in-house advocacy course. In our advocacy sessions, members of chambers (junior tenants to silks) take an active role in developing the skills of our pupils. We consider this an important part of pupillage and a way of ensuring our pupils get the opportunity to learn from as many tenants as possible.

Furnival provides pupils with £10,000 during the first six (paid in monthly installments) and guarantees an income of £10,000 during the second six (paid in monthly installments). During this second six most pupils can expect to earn more than £10,000, and no pupil will pay any rent to Chambers until they have earned a rent-free £10,000.

How to apply
1. Please apply by email to
2. The email should be headed: “SURNAME First Name – Pupillage Application”.
3. Your application email should have 3 attachments:
4. Letter (File Name: “SURNAME First Name Letter”) in PDF format
5. CV (File Name: “SURNAME First Name CV”
6. Diversity Monitoring Form (File Name: “Initials, Diversity Monitoring Form”)
7. [Please note, if you do not follow this format, your application may not be considered]
8. The letter is your opportunity to explain why, in your view, we should offer you an interview. The body of the letter should not exceed 400 words and should be submitted as a PDF.
9. Your CV should not exceed 3 pages.
10. Please submit a completed Diversity Monitoring Form. The Diversity Monitoring form can be downloaded here: Furnival Chambers Diversity Monitoring Form. This is required to be completed by our regulators. It will be kept separate and will not feature in any decision to interview or recruit.
11. The window for submitting applications is 4pm 22nd February 2019 – 4pm 1st March 2019. Applications submitted outside this timeframe will not be accepted.