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Blackfriars Chambers - 12 Months - October 2021/20

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Blackfriars Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Mr Christiaan Moll
Address of chambers:
Blackfriars Chambers
4-6 Staple Inn
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Criminal; Immigration; Family
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Pro Bono
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£12,000 - £19,999
Closing date:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Blackfriars Chambers is a small chambers with a predominantly criminal prosecution practice.
We are offering a 12 month criminal pupillage scheduled to start in October 2021, although it may be possible to start in October 2020 if the successful candidate is able to; we may also consider offering a second pupillage to start in either 2020 or 2021. We will ask you to indicate whether or not you can start in 2020 but this will not be part of the shortlisting criteria.
We always recruit pupils with a view to tenancy and are looking for people with the commitment and potential to become members of Chambers in the long term. As a small set we value teamwork and a real desire to be part of a mutually supportive Chambers. Candidates will also be expected to demonstrate a real interest in criminal practice including prosecution. As a minimum we expect candidates to have completed at least one criminal mini-pupillage. If you have not done this to date, you may like to consider applying to our chambers for a mini-pupillage. (Completion of a mini-pupillage at Chambers does not guarantee selection or success and our mini-pupillages are not assessed.)
As well as your pupil supervisor, you will be supported by a mentor with recent experience of the pupillage and tenancy application process.
Pupils can expect to be in court nearly every day during their second six, and our experience is that earnings during this time usually comfortably exceed the minimum pupillage award.
If you have completed your degree/BTPH, we require a minimum 2.1 and a Very Competent. If you have not yet completed your degree and/or BPTH your results to date should demonstrate you are on course to achieve this.
Shortlisting criteria include:
• Academic achievement;
• Commitment to criminal practice to include prosecution;
• Attention to detail and written advocacy;
• Commitment, perseverance and rounded life experience.
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. If successful, would you be able to commence in October 2020? (100 words)
  2. If you have not completed your degree and/or BTPH, please provide your results so far. Please ensure we have sufficient information to assess whether this meets our academic criteria (400 words)
  3. Realistically, what are your short term (3-5 years call) goals and how do you see your practice developing over this time? (200 words)
  4. Why do you wish to become a barrister? (200 words)
  5. What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
  6. Why do you want to join our Chambers? (150 words)
  7. 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. (250 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.