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4-5 Gray's Inn Square - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
4-5 Gray's Inn Square
Head of Chambers:
Timothy Straker QC and Satinder Hunjan QC
Address of chambers:
4-5 Gray's Inn Square
Gray's Inn
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Public Law; Commercial; Planning; Chancery; Administrative; Environment; Property; Regulatory and disciplinary
Specialist services:
Mediation; International Arbitration
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:
21 September 2019 at 11:50 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2019
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage

Chambers offers up to two funded, 12-month pupillages each year. Pupillages commence in September/October and, during the year, pupils spend time with at least three pupil supervisors, experiencing a range of the work undertaken in Chambers.

Structure of pupillage
The current Director of Pupil Training is Jonathan Manning. Pupils will be appointed a pupillage coordinator, who will have overall responsibility for the structure and coordination of their pupillage.

Pupil supervisors will be allocated, in consultation with the pupillage coordinator, over the course of the year. We aim to provide every pupil with experience of Chambers’ major areas of work. In their first six months, pupils work with their pupil supervisor(s) (and possibly other members of Chambers). In their second six, they continue to work with their supervisor(s) but will also undertake their own work, including court work.

Applications for pupillage commencing September/October 2020 must be received by 21 September 2019.

Applications must be made via the Pupillage Gateway.

Assessment process
All applications received are normally considered by two members of Chambers. The current selection process consists of the following:-

Round 1 – Paper applications
Application forms are considered, after which successful applicants are invited for an interview.

Round 2 – Interview.
The interview will last approximately 30 minutes. Applicants should arrive
30 minutes before the time of their interview and bring a pen and paper. Applicants will be expected to discuss a legal problem, which will be provided to them 30 minutes before the interview (no indication as to the nature of the exercise will be provided prior to this). The exercise will require legal knowledge but no more than that which is to be expected of applicants at this stage of their legal career, and will not require knowledge of chambers’ specialist areas.

In 2020, it is envisaged that the interview will take place on 26 or 27 September 2019 (although this may be subject to change).

If chambers considers it necessary to do so, it will shortlist candidates and a second round interview will be held, which may include an advocacy exercise.

Offers of pupillage will be made via the Pupillage Gateway. Offers are conditional on the applicant having passed the necessary professional training course and being able, in all respects, to take up the offer by the commencement date (unless, in advance, chambers has agreed to defer the commencement of pupillage).

Selection Criteria
Our selection criteria are:-
• Intellectual Ability – we will have regard to the application form, the interview(s), (including legal problem(s))
• Writing Skills – we will have regard to the application form
• Oral Advocacy Skills – we will have regard to the interview and legal problem(s) and any advocacy exercise
• Resilience – we will have regard to the interview(s), and legal problem(s), and any advocacy exercise
• Potential – we will have regard to the application form, the interview(s), (including legal problem(s), and any advocacy exercise;
• Commitment to the Bar – we will have regard to the application form and the interview
• Interest in our areas – we will have regard to the application form, the interview(s), (including the advocacy exercise/legal problems) and the written work/problem.
• We may also have regard to other sources of information about the candidate such as asking for samples of written work or mini-pupillages.

The criteria are each scored from 1 to 5. The aggregated scores will be used to select those to be invited for interview and, subsequently, those to be offered pupillage.

In addition to the above, to be eligible for selection for interview, candidates on the paper sift must not, on an average of the selectors’ scores:
(i) score less than 3 in the intellectual ability competence;
(ii) score less than 2 in any competence;
(ii) score less than 3 in more than 2 competences.

Due to the number of applications we receive, we are unable to provide feedback for those who are not invited to an interview. Feedback for unsuccessful interviewees will be provided but only upon receipt of a request by email to chambers marked “Pupillage - Request for Feedback”.

Pupillage award
The pupillage award is currently under review, but will not be less than £10,000 for each six months period of pupillage.

These payments are made in lieu of payment for individual pieces of work. They are paid monthly in arrears. In the first six months, the payments are by way of an award. In the second six months, the payments operate as a guaranteed income. The pupil will receive six payments but the amount of the payments will vary to take account of fees received on work undertaken on the pupil’s own account, as follows. Chambers will deduct from the following months’ payments fees (net of clerking charges) received during the previous month, up to an overall limit of £10,000 (or, if greater, the amount of the applicable income guarantee). Once that limit has been reached, no further deductions will be made. The rate of clerking charges currently applicable is 20%.

Tenancy applications at the end of pupillage
As part of our tenancy application process, pupils are normally asked to do one piece of assessed written work and one advocacy exercise.

Feedback on work done during pupillage is sought from all members of Chambers, in addition to that provided by pupil supervisors.

For any additional queries please contact,