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Twenty Essex - 12 Months - September 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Twenty Essex
Head of Chambers:
Christopher Hancock QC & Duncan Matthews QC
Address of chambers:
20 Essex Street
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Practice areas:
Shipping; Energy; Civil Fraud; Insolvency and Restructuring; International Law; Banking and Financial Services; Banking and Consumer Credit; European Law; Competition; Information Technology; International Commercial Arbitration
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Pro Bono
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
About Us.

Twenty Essex is one of the leading International Commercial sets. We are at the forefront of developments in a wide range of areas of law, including arbitration, banking and financial services, civil fraud and asset tracing, commodities and international trade, company law, energy and infrastructure, EU & competition, insolvency and restructuring, (re)insurance, intellectual property, jurisdiction, conflicts and enforcement, media and telecoms, public and administrative law, public international law, shipping and technology.

We aim to recruit the best candidates, based on merit only, and are looking for those who demonstrate the aptitude and desire to succeed in our areas of expertise. We are proud of our high retention rate: in the past five years over 80% of our pupils have been offered tenancy.

We are committed to encouraging and supporting fair access to the Bar. We were the first Chambers to adopt Rare's Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) to review applications in the context of candidates’ socio-economic background. This allows us to consider whether candidates have overachieved in light of their wider personal circumstances. Applicants for pupillage and mini pupillage will receive an invitation to complete a CRS questionnaire as part of the application process.


We offer an award of £70,000 per annum. Two thirds of this award is paid during the first six months and the balance during the second six. Pupils are permitted to draw down up to £25,000 of this award before commencing pupillage. We contribute up to £100 towards the cost of travel to the pupillage interview (on production of receipts).

We aim to hold our pupillage interviews on a consecutive Friday and Saturday in the second half of March. During the week before interviews the shortlisted candidates are asked to complete a short piece of written work. That work is anonymised and then reviewed before the interviews take place.

If you have excellent intellectual and analytical skills and are interested in a pupillage and career at a highly successful and very friendly set, we look forward to receiving your application.

Mini Pupillage.

Applicants will only be considered for pupillage if they have completed, or been offered, a mini pupillage in Chambers. Details of our mini pupillage application process are set out on the mini pupillage page of our website. The next deadline for mini pupillage applications is 31 January 2020.

Tenancy Offers to Pupils.

All decisions about tenancy are taken purely on merit. Our policy is straightforward: if you achieve the tenancy standard, you will be offered tenancy irrespective of space and the number of other pupils. New tenants enjoy generous concessions in their first year. They can expect a wide-ranging commercial practice and may have the opportunity to travel worldwide, not least to our Singapore annexe.

Other applications.

We occasionally advertise vacancies for second six month pupillages and for additional probationary periods. If you are an established practitioner who wishes to join Chambers, please consult the tenancy page on our website.

Equal Opportunities.

Chambers is an Equal Opportunities employer and adheres to the Bar Standards Board Equality and Diversity Code. We welcome applications from all groups and make reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates both at mini pupillage and pupillage.

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 additional experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career. (100 words)
  2. BC2 - What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (100 words)
  3. BC3 - Please give your reasons for choosing to apply to Twenty Essex. (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.