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Walnut House - 12 months Oct 2020 OR 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Walnut House, The Chambers of Adrian Chaplin
Head of Chambers:
Adrian Chaplin
Address of chambers:
Walnut House - The Chambers of Simon Laws Q.C.
63 St David's Hill
Chambers website address:
Practice areas:
Civil; Criminal; Crime; Family
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Pro Bono
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:
31 January 2020 at 4:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Walnut House in Exeter, Devon is offering a 12 month pupillage to commence in either October 2020 or October 2021. All pupillages are offered with a view to tenancy and pupils and junior tenants are expected to undertake work across all three practice areas of Civil, Crime and Family.

The first six months of pupillage will involve the successful applicant spending two-month rotations with each of the Civil, Crime and Family Teams shadowing members of chambers at different levels of seniority. The second six will involve the successful applicant undertaking their own court work in courts throughout the Western Circuit and across chambers’ practice areas.

Our selection process aims to identify pupils who have the potential to be members of chambers in due course by reference to the following criteria:
o Academic Achievements – A good record of achievement in formally assessed qualifications with a weight towards legal academic achievements at tertiary level and above. We expect candidates to have achieved or be predicted to achieve a Very Competent on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), although we will take into account exceptional circumstances. Offers of pupillage made before completion of the BPTC will be conditional upon achieving an overall final grade of Very Competent, although again we will take into account exceptional circumstances.
o Influencing/Advocacy Skills – Experience of mooting, legal work experience, other evidence demonstrating ability in this area.
o Effective written communication skills – Well written, well structured and demonstrates evidence of analytical thinking.
o Motivation and determination – Work experience, the reasons for seeking to become a barrister, the candidate demonstrates a particular interest in Walnut House.
We offer a pupillage award of £20,000 made up of a £10,000 grant for the first six and £10,000 guaranteed earnings for the second six, payable in monthly instalments. Pupils are not expected to pay any chambers contributions on their second six earnings.

How to apply

Applications for pupillage should be made by filling in the form on our website, Please do not send a separate CV or covering letter. You should submit your form in word format only by email or post, marked for the attention of Emmi Wilson ( The deadline for applications is 4 pm on 31st January 2020. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

It is intended that there will be two rounds of interviews with at least one of those involving an advocacy exercise, such as a plea in mitigation, which will be given to candidates on the day.

Chambers will then review the performance of all candidates at interview and, if appropriate, make an offer of pupillage.

Chambers’ selection and recruitment policies are implemented in a manner that is fair, based on merit and non-discriminatory. Chambers invites applications from all sections of society. Such factors as age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation shall not be considered at any stage of the selection and recruitment process.

Chambers is committed to equality and diversity. As such all applicants are encouraged to fill in the equal opportunities monitoring form provided on the website and to submit it with their applications. Any forms submitted will be used for monitoring purposes only and will not be seen by the selection panel.