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Guildford Chambers - 12 months - October 2019

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Guildford Chambers
Head of Chambers:
George Coates
Address of chambers:
Stoke House
Leapale Lane
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Family; Property
Specialist services:
Public access work; Pro bono
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:
15 April 2019 at 11:59 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2019
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Guildford Chambers has dedicated civil and family teams and is uniquely positioned to provide competitive and effective advocacy on behalf of individuals and businesses in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, London and the South East. We are currently offering pupillages within each team.


Each Pupillage is for twelve months, subject to a continuous review of progress. The pupil will be allocated to a specific supervisor and will be rotated to other members to ensure exposure to the various areas of law covered by Guildford Chambers.

Towards the end of the first six, we will ensure that the pupil has spent some time with junior members of chambers to prepare them for the type of work they will typically undertake during their second-six.

During second six pupils will be kept busy to gain the relevant experience required to complete pupillage successfully. Pupils typically appear in the lower courts and receive instructions to prepare written work.

Successful applicants would join either our civil or family team and operate across all areas of practice within that team.

Typically, the successful civil applicant will gain experience in a range of civil work, including within our areas of speciality practice (Chancery, Commercial, Personal Injury) as well as a variety of small claims, Stage 3 and interlocutory hearings.

Typically, the successful family applicant will gain experience in a range of family work, including private children and care, financial remedies, TOLATA related matters and domestic abuse work.

The Candidate

Pupillage candidates will usually have a First Class or good Upper Second degree or will have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Law to the same standard. Candidates will usually have been awarded an Outstanding or Very Competent grade on the bar course.

Guildford Chambers is interested in well-rounded candidates from any background. We look for highly motivated individuals with outstanding intellectual ability, combined with a practical approach, sound judgment, an ability to develop good client relationships and the potential to become excellent advocates.

Though Guildford Chambers actively seeks to recruit tenants from its pupils, tenancy is not guaranteed. We do however look for applicants who show commitment to a future in Chambers should they be successful.

How to apply
Guildford Chambers does not participate in the Pupillage Gateway application process. Applications should be made by way of CV and handwritten covering letter sent by post clearly marked “Pupillage Application.” The closing date for applications is 15th April 2019.

Guildford Chambers will not discriminate against any applicant who cannot comply with our application process. If you are unable to submit a handwritten letter, please contact the clerks by email ( or by telephone (01483 539131), to discuss alternative means of submitting your application.