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Crown Office Chambers - 12 months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Crown Office Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Richard Lynagh QC
Address of chambers:
Crown Office Chambers
2 Crown Office Row, Temple
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Commercial, Health & Safety and Common Law
Practice areas:
Commercial; Construction and Engineering; Energy; Health and Safety; Insurance; Personal Injury; Professional Negligence; Clinical Negligence; Property; Sports law
Specialist services:
Arbitration; Mediation; Pro Bono; Public Access Work
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:
6 February 2020 at 12:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage

Type of work undertaken

Crown Office Chambers is one of the foremost sets of chambers specialising in civil, commercial and common law work. We are a set of 104 members, including 23 silks. We have high calibre teams of counsel in a number of areas of work, where they are often sought-after in the most complex, interesting and high-value disputes.

Type of work

A wide range of common law and commercial work, with particular specialisms in construction, commercial contracts, insurance and reinsurance, personal injury, health and safety (including criminal regulatory & environmental), product liability, professional negligence and clinical negligence.

Who should apply?

The members of Crown Office Chambers pride themselves on their professionalism, and an astute and business-orientated awareness of the practical needs of solicitors and clients, combined with an approachable and ‘unstuffy’ attitude to their work. We look for the same in our pupils, all of whom are regarded as having strong tenancy potential. Pupils are welcomed as an integral part of chambers from the moment they arrive, and are expected to display the motivation, dedication and intelligence which are the hallmarks of a first-class barrister.

Academically, we look for a first or upper second-class honours degree (not necessarily in law), and a flair for the oral and written presentation of complex legal arguments. You will be expected to work hard, and to show strong commitment to your work, but in a friendly and relaxed chambers environment.

Pupillage programme

Pupils sit with two pupil supervisors in their first six months, and one in their second, but are likely to work with a number of different members of chambers practising in different fields of work over the course of the year. They appear in court regularly during their second six, generally handling applications and small trials in the county courts, affording ample opportunity to develop advocacy skills.

Chambers also organises a series of advocacy training sessions.

When to apply

The deadline for October 2021 pupillage applications is midnight on the 5th February 2020.


Up to three 12 month pupillages offered per year, at £65,000 (£55,000 award and £10,000 guaranteed earnings in the second six). Part of the award may be drawn down during the BPTC year.


Limited number of mini-pupillages in selected weeks throughout the year. Details and an online application form can be downloaded from chambers’ website.

How to apply
On chambers’ application form, downloadable from chambers’ website: no later than midnight on 5th February 2020.

Crown Office Chambers is committed to treating individuals fairly and with respect regardless of background, race, ethnic or national origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, age, disability, religion or belief, political persuasion, pregnancy or maternity. Diversity is valued. In line with chambers’ pursuit of excellence, and as a leading set, Crown Office Chambers is committed to recruiting, retaining and developing, the best barristers, staff and clerks entirely on merit and from the widest pool of talent.