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7 King's Bench Walk - 12 months - September 2022 (deferred)

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
7 King's Bench Walk
Head of Chambers:
Gavin Kealey QC
Address of chambers:
7 King's Bench Walk
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Insurance and Reinsurance; Shipping; Professional Negligence; Civil Fraud; International Trade; Energy; Shipbuilding; Banking and Financial Services; Product Liability; Aviation; Construction and Engineering
Specialist services:
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 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
7KBW is a top commercial chambers, with a reputation for excellence, intellectual rigour and providing practical, commercial advice. Its members practise across the full breadth of commercial law. 7KBW and its members are ranked in the current Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories in the fields of Insurance, Shipping & Commodities, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Banking and Finance, Energy & Natural Resources, International Arbitration, Professional Negligence, Aviation, Civil Fraud and Product Liability. 7KBW won Commercial Litigation Set of the Year at the Legal 500 Awards 2017.

7KBW's practice areas are exclusively commercial and cover the following: all aspects of insurance and reinsurance; shipping and transport; professional negligence; civil fraud; international trade and commodities; energy, oil and gas; agency; injunctions and arrests; shipbuilding; sale of goods; banking and financial services; conflict of laws/jurisdiction; product liability; aviation and construction. Most of 7KBW’s work has an international dimension. Members appear regularly in the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, the Privy Council and in arbitrations. They also appear in court and arbitrations in a significant number of other jurisdictions including Singapore, Bermuda, The Bahamas, The Cayman Islands, Dubai and Hong Kong. Whatever the nature of a pupil supervisor’s work, a pupil can expect to be fully involved in it.

Up to four funded pupillages are available, with awards of £65,000 each. We are willing to advance a proportion of the pupillage award (usually up to £25,000) on an interest-free basis on condition that any advance will be repaid if the pupil does not pass the BPTC exams or complete his or her pupillage.

Candidates should have a first or good upper second-class degree (or at the application stage a reasonable expectation of reaching this standard), good oral communication and advocacy skills, stamina, an ability to work alone and as part of a team and a commitment to a career at the Commercial Bar. Please refer to our website for our full selection criteria:
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. Tell us what makes you different. (150 words)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.

Once you have submitted your online application, please arrange for two referees each to send a reference directly to Chambers. We prefer references, where possible, to be academic and/or professional. The referees should have regard to our selection criteria, which can be found on our website:

The references should be sent to Chambers (headed “Pupillage Applications”) via email to, or by mail to 7 King’s Bench Walk, Temple, London EC4Y 7DS, and marked for the attention of Elizabeth Lindesay.

We would be grateful to receive references as soon as possible and in any event by 4pm on 19th February 2020. It is your responsibility to arrange for references to be sent to us: we will not chase your referees.