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Keating Chambers - 12 Months - September - 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Keating Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Marcus Taverner QC
Address of chambers:
15 Essex Street
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Construction and Engineering; Energy; Procurement; Professional Negligence; Shipbuilding; Technology; Arbitration; Commercial
Specialist services:
Litigation; International Arbitration; Adjudication; Mediation; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration); 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:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
13 September 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Keating Chambers is a leading commercial set. It is one of the two top construction chambers in the UK and worldwide. In their first years of practice, tenants can expect earnings equivalent to those in other top sets of commercial chambers.

We specialise in construction, technology and related professional negligence disputes. These disputes often relate to high-value and high-profile projects in the UK and overseas and typically involve complex issues in the law of contract, tort and restitution. Some of our members are also involved in EU law. All members of Chambers are frequently involved in reported cases.

Chambers’ area of practice is dynamic and challenging. The relevant principles of law are constantly developing and the technical complexity of disputes requires thorough analytical skills. It must be emphasised that no specialist or technical knowledge of construction or engineering is required or assumed. However, a sound understanding of the principles of contract and tort law is essential.

Our members are involved in disputes of all shapes and sizes: from residential building works to multi-million pound projects for the construction of airports, dams, power stations, ships, oil rigs and bridges. Members of Chambers have been instructed on projects such as the Olympic venues, Wembley Stadium, the “Pinnacle”, the “Shard”, the “Gherkin”, the Millennium Bridge, the London Eye and the Channel Tunnel. Much of Chambers’ work now also includes rapidly developing areas such as information technology, telecommunications and energy (including oil & gas and nuclear).

Members of Chambers act as advocates in litigation (principally in the Technology and Construction Court and the Commercial Court) and arbitration throughout the UK.

A number of our members specialise in international arbitration. This involves projects and hearings elsewhere in Europe but particularly in the Middle and Far East, Africa and the Caribbean. Two members of Chambers are based permanently in Hong Kong. There are many opportunities to work abroad. Members of Chambers have been instructed on projects such the Dubai metro, airports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and the Philippines, the Tsing Ma suspension bridge in Hong Kong, the Shinkansen high speed train network and cases involving mines, ships, rigs, oil wells and various types of plant (biofuel, gas turbine, nuclear etc) across all four continents.

New and alternative methods of dispute resolution are often used and several of our members are frequently appointed as mediators, arbitrators, and adjudicators.

Members of Keating Chambers also have plenty of opportunities to engage in the academic aspects of our work and regularly publish books, articles and journals. Keating on Construction Contracts, the leading textbook in the field, is written and researched by current members of Chambers. We also contribute to Halsbury’s Laws of England and Chitty on Contracts. Members of Chambers also give regular lectures and seminars.

Keating Chambers invites applications for pupillage starting in September 2021 All applications are to be made through the Pupillage Gateway in early 2020.

All applications will be assessed on their merits in accordance with the selection criteria (available on the website).

Please see our website for further detailed information as to pupillage with us.


We offer up to three 12 month pupillages with an award for 2021 of up to £70,000.00. Of this, an advance of £25,000.00 is available in respect of BPTC fees (incurred or to be incurred).

First round interviews will be held in February/March 2020.

Second round interviews will be held March/April 2020.

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 experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career (200 words)
  2. 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)
  3. What is the most interesting contract law case that has been decided recently in the UK and why? (300 words)
  4. When did someone persuade you to change your mind about something on which you thought you had a firm view, and how did they do it? (300 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.