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Henderson Chambers 12 month pupillage September 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Henderson Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Charles Gibson QC
Address of chambers:
2 Harcourt Buildings, Temple, London
Chambers website address:
Practice areas:
Product Liability; Health and Safety; Environment; Information Technology; Property and Land; Local Government; European Law; Commercial; Insurance; Clinical Negligence; Personal Injury; Professional Negligence; Employment; Procurement; Regulatory; Consumer Law; Finance; Banking and Consumer Credit
Specialist services:
European Law
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
September 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Please visit our pupillage website

Henderson Chambers is a long-established, leading commercial chambers with acknowledged expertise in all of its principal areas of practice. Members and pupils are frequently involved in high-profile cases.

Areas of work

Henderson Chambers has unrivalled expertise in product liability (which covers a wide range of commercial work including multi-party pharmaceutical and medical device claims) and is consistently rated as the leading set of chambers in this area. For example, teams within Chambers are acting for both sides in the VW Emissions scandal litigation. Chambers is also pre-eminent in group action work, including many with a mass tort international element, often involving allegations of environmental damage or human rights breaches abroad. Most recently this has involved oil spills in Nigeria, mining in Zambia and post-election violence in Kenya. Chambers is also widely recognised for its health and safety work. We cover all aspects of health and safety litigation and advice, including prosecutions for corporate manslaughter and infringements of health and safety legislation, as well as health and safety policy, management and training. Many of the parties before the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry are represented by members of Chambers, several of whom are also acting as Counsel to the Inquiry.

Further, a significant proportion of Chambers' work is representing clients in commercial and general business disputes. Recent high-profile cases have included widely reported Commercial Court proceedings concerning the enforceability of ICSID arbitration awards against EU Member States, proceedings offshore relating to an alleged US$18 billion fraud against an Oil and Gas major, an ongoing Group Action concerning the business practices of the Post Office and actions in this jurisdiction and elsewhere concerning the recovery of losses sustained by a CISX-listed property investment fund.

Members are noted for their expertise in numerous other areas, including:, personal injury, property law (covering a range of property law from commercial and residential landlord and tenant to real property and property human rights claims), employment law (including wrongful dismissal and unfair dismissal claims; sex, race and disability discrimination claims; redundancy; transfer of undertakings and EC employment law), regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, public law and judicial review, as well as technology and construction.

Pupillage applications

We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate all of the qualities necessary for success at the Bar. Not just a first-class intellect (whether through the traditional route of an outstanding higher education record or via proof of success in other professions, in business or in employment) but also the ability to communicate, to relate to others and to work as part of a team.

Pupillage programme

Pupillages are for 12 months, usually with four different pupil supervisors for three months each. Pupils should expect to attend court regularly in their second sixes. A period of external training with a leading law firm in the Turks and Caicos Islands is also offered during the Second Six (all expenses paid).

When and how to apply

We are part of the Pupillage Gateway system and abide by its timetable. Queries about pupillage should be addressed to


We offer unassessed mini-pupillages. Applications can be made online via our Pupillage Website


We usually offer up to two funded pupillages with minimum remuneration of £70,000. This consists of a guaranteed award of £70,000, plus any additional earnings during the second six. We are very happy for pupils to draw upon their pupillage award during the BPTC year. As such, up to £20,000 of the award may be drawn down at any time after the offer of pupillage is accepted.

We welcome applications for third six pupillages, funded on pro rata terms.

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. BC1: 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)
  2. BC2: Why do you want to join our chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice (200 words)
  3. Please give an example of achievement outside of an academic or work environment. (200 words)
  4. Please choose a case arising in one or more of these areas: product liability, health and safety, employment law, property, IT, consumer credit, public law, professional discipline and public inquiries, reported in the last 3 years. Please set out why you disagree with the final determination of the case (i.e. final judgment on appeal) and why. (300 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.