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Monckton Chambers - 12 months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Monckton Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Tim Ward QC and Philip Moser QC
Address of chambers:
1 & 2 Raymond Buildings
Gray's Inn
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Practice areas:
Commercial; Competition; Environment; European Law; Human Rights; Public Procurement; Public Law; Administrative; Sports law; Employment; Tax
Specialist services:
Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration)
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:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Pupillage details
Two, 12 months, £65,000 of which up to £20,000 available in the BPTC year.

Our Work

Monckton Chambers specialises in public and commercial law and the interface between the two. We are recognised as a leading set within our specialisms, which include competition and regulatory; public; sports; tax; and technology, media and communications. Our work is carried out in areas of the law that are rapidly growing and fast moving. It is exceptionally demanding, but also highly rewarding. We are the fastest growing set in the Bar Top 30 (revenues grew by 34% in 2015/16).

Our pupils

We are looking for candidates of the highest intellectual calibre. Most successful candidates for pupillage will have a First Class Honours degree (although it need not be in law) or a graduate degree in law.

We do not, however, expect candidates to have any experience or expertise in the specialised areas in which we practice, merely an interest and enthusiasm for the work that we do. We welcome applications from candidates who have degrees in subjects other than law and are taking (or have taken) the GDL.

It is not only intellectual skills that we are looking for: we are seeking candidates with the personal skills to win the trust of clients and judges alike. Monckton Chambers is a dynamic place to work. Members actively engage in speaking at conferences and seminars, in London and internationally, and in contributing to a variety of publications, ranging from our own marketing materials, to specialist journals and practitioner texts. We are looking for junior tenants who will bring real energy to Chambers.

Applications for Pupillage

Monckton Chambers offers pupillage for twelve months, full time. The award is £65,000. We ordinarily take two pupils per year. Monckton Chambers recruits pupils selectively in the expectation of being able to offer all pupils tenancy, should they meet the required standard. In the past 10 years, 15 out of 18 Monckton pupils were offered tenancy.

Several members of chambers have come to us via a non-standard route – for example having previously worked at NGOs, as solicitors, academics or civil servants. For more information, please see the Pupillage Brochure on our website.

Selection and Interview process

To fully support our Equality & Diversity Policy and aims, we will anonymise the applications from the Pupillage Gateway for our first sift selection process. Applicants are invited for interview following this first sift.

Our interview process is then in two stages. The first interview is shorter and more informal. We seek to identify candidates with the skills and potential to be an outstanding barrister within our fields of expertise. We do not test specific legal knowledge.

We offer a second interview to a shortlist of candidates. The second interview is based on a legal problem that the candidate has been given to consider immediately before the interview. Again, the problem is intended to test the candidate’s critical reasoning skills, rather than his or her knowledge of any particular area of law. Candidates will also be asked to complete a short piece of written work.

Candidates invited for a second interview who have not previously completed a mini-pupillage are offered the opportunity of spending a few days with us to learn more about what we do and to experience the atmosphere in Chambers. It is not, however, a requirement of the application process that you should complete a mini-pupillage with us.
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. 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. What are your marks for each paper in your university examinations? (For each year for which this is known) (100 words)
  3. What is your final overall ranking in your year at university? (if known) What was the size of your year group? (100 words)
  4. Why do you want to join our Chambers? (200 words)
  5. What area of law are you most interested in and why? (200 words)
  6. What area of law are you most interested in and why? (200 words)
  7. Should Facebook fact-check political ads? (250 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.