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Maitland Chambers - 12 months - September 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Maitland Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Christopher Pymont QC
Address of chambers:
7 Stone Buildings
Lincoln's Inn
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Commercial Chancery
Practice areas:
Arbitration; Banking and Financial Services; Chancery; Charities; Commercial; Company; Partnership; Fraud; Insolvency and Restructuring; Professional Negligence; Real Estate
Specialist services:
CLIPS; Mediation
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:
19 September 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
With 27 Queen’s Counsel and 45 juniors Maitland Chambers is one of the UK’s largest commercial chancery chambers and we are consistently ranked as a leader in our field. Our core areas of practice include commercial and chancery disputes, insolvency and restructuring, company, property, fraud and asset tracing, trusts, banking and financial services, partnership and professional negligence. We are based in London and our work includes both international and domestic litigation and arbitration, as well as a significant number of cases in offshore jurisdictions.

We offer up to three 12-month pupillages for 2021-22, each carrying an award of £65,000. During pupillage our pupils usually sit with four supervisors, and participate in an in-house ethics and advocacy training programme; our pupils are not expected to practise during their second six prior to the tenancy decision. Every offer of pupillage is made in the hope that the pupil will proceed to tenancy, subject to their meeting an objective standard of performance which is assessed over the first 40 weeks of pupillage. It is our policy never to offer more pupillages than we are able to offer tenancies at the end of the year, nor to place pupils in competition with one another.

Applications should be made through the Pupillage Gateway (which prescribes the closing date for applications and the date by which decisions will be made). Our first and second round interviews are on the fixed dates of Wednesday 4 March and Tuesday 10 March 2020 respectively; we will endeavour to accommodate remote interviews if necessary, but we will not be able to arrange alternative dates.

We accept applications from candidates who would be qualified to start pupillage in September 2021 (whether by completing the Bar Professional Training Course before then or by any other relevant qualification pathway). Candidates will need to have obtained, or to obtain in due course, a minimum upper second class degree or equivalent (albeit that applications can be made on predicted grades). Please note that unsuccessful applicants for pupillage may apply for a second time in a subsequent year; however, we do not accept further applications from candidates who have applied twice previously.

Our selection process aims to assess eligible candidates objectively by reference to the abilities and aptitudes which we believe to be necessary for success in our areas of practice, namely: reasoning and analytical ability, aptitude for advocacy, judgement, interpersonal skills and temperament. We recognise that these qualities can be evidenced in many different ways, and encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. We are committed to increasing the diversity of chambers and adopt a variety of techniques to achieve that objective, while maintaining the fair treatment of all candidates.

Further information in relation to the selection process, and pupillage at Maitland, may be found in the Pupillage section of our website.
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. Please provide any available evidence of your experience and ability in the use of oral communication to argue, persuade and present complex information effectively. (350 words)
  2. Please provide any available evidence of your ability to make effective decisions using sound judgment. (250 words)
  3. Please provide any available evidence of your ability: (a) to manage a workload effectively by independent planning, organisation and good time management when under pressure; (Word limit 200 words) (b) to work effectively with a range of different sorts of people. (Word limit 200 words) (400 words)
  4. In relation to each of the Higher Education qualifications which you have set out in Section 2 - Education, please set out (i) the marks which you achieved in each paper or course undertaken and (ii) a short explanation, where this is not obvious, of how those marks and your overall grade relate to the degree classifications (1st; 2(i); 2(ii); 3rd) commonly used in UK higher education. (500 words)
  5. Are there any other matters, not mentioned above, which you should disclose to us when making your application? If none, please write “none”. (1000 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.