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Serle Court - 12 Months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Serle Court
Head of Chambers:
Alan Boyle QC
Address of chambers:
6 New Square
Lincoln's Inn
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Commercial and Chancery Litigation
Practice areas:
Civil Fraud; Commercial; Company; Insolvency and Restructuring; Litigation; Partnership and Joint Ventures; Probate; Property; Trusts; Offshore; Private Client
Specialist services:
Mediation; Arbitration; 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:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Description of Pupillage Vacancy

We believe that a pupillage at Serle Court provides the best possible foundation for commercial and chancery practice: 12 months spent working with leaders in the field on cases across the spectrum of business law, in a warm and supportive environment, with a real prospect of tenancy.

How pupillage works

Each pupil is assigned to 4 supervisors, each with a different area of practice, in the course of the year. Pupils spend the whole of the 12-month period of pupillage shadowing members of chambers, rather than taking on work in their own name, to ensure they are as well qualified for starting in practice as soon as possible. Although pupils do not get an opportunity to practise advocacy in court, we ensure that advocacy exercises, conducted in front of a senior member of chambers, and other assessments designed to improve practical skills, take place. Supervisors provide frequent feedback and monitor their pupils’ progress to ensure that the work they are given fulfils their training needs.

We strive to make pupils feel a part of chambers from the time that they accept their offers of pupillage. They are invited to chambers events, both formal and informal, and encouraged to get to know both members and staff.

We recruit up to 3 pupils a year with a view to offering tenancy if they are good enough. 13 of our last 16 pupils have stayed on as tenants; of the others, those that wished to practise at the Bar are successful tenants elsewhere.

We provide a pupillage grant of £65,000 of which £22,500 may be drawn down in the year prior to pupillage.

What we look for

We look for potential: we invite applications from those committed to a career in commercial or chancery practice with outstanding intellectual and analytical ability, sound judgment, excellent oral and written communication skills, the potential to become excellent advocates and a capacity to establish and maintain good relationships with solicitors, clients and the judiciary. We generally require a degree classification of a good 2:1 as a minimum.

We encourage (but do not require) those interested in applying for pupillage with us to apply for a one day mini-pupillage so that they can see what chambers is like for themselves. Mini-pupillages are not assessed and so those unable to spend a mini-pupillage with us are at no disadvantage in applying for pupillage.
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. Which one of our main areas of practice interests you the most and why? Apart from a thorough understanding of the law, what qualities do you think a barrister practising in that area should have? (250 words)
  2. What was the best piece of oral advocacy you have ever seen (in any context)? Tell us a bit about it and what made it so effective. You do not have to choose an example of legal advocacy; other examples could include political or other speeches, interviews, lectures, or debates. (300 words)
  3. Identify a case that you think was wrongly decided and outline the reasons for your opinion in no more than 300 words. (300 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.