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9 King's Bench Walk - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
9 King's Bench Walk
Head of Chambers:
Shabeena Azhar and Jonathan Mole
Address of chambers:
9 King's Bench Walk, Lower Ground South
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Criminal; Immigration; Regulatory; Crime
Specialist services:
Public Access Work
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 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
9 King's Bench Walk is offering two criminal pupillages.
However we also have experienced practitioners in Immigration and Regulatory law who will be able to advise and guide pupils who wish to broaden their areas of specialisation. We intend to recruit pupils who we think have what it takes to become a tenant. You will possess drive, commitment and ambition as well as a strong desire to provide the best possible service to your instructing solicitors and to lay clients.

We pay our pupils £9218, plus travel expenses in and around London, during their first six months (and any additional expenses necessarily incurred for travel with a Supervisor and for any mandatory training) In the second six we guarantee a minimum fee income of £9218. From January 2020 funding will increase to £9433 plus travel in the first six and a guaranteed minimum fee income of £9433 in the second six. We do anticipate that earnings during a second six will exceed that figure.
Candidates should be willing to work hard, show a commitment to criminal law, a desire to broaden their knowledge of other areas of law, have a passion and flair for advocacy, have good interpersonal skills, and be articulate, persuasive and clear.

We do not discriminate between those with law degrees and those with non-law degrees, and encourage applications from those who are coming to the Bar at a later stage in their careers. While we have no absolute requirement as to class of degree, a high standard (generally no less than a 2:1) is usually expected. We will consider applications from those where exceptional circumstances have meant that the level of degree expected has not been achieved, and where reasons for this have been set out in the application form.

In your second six you will be kept very busy in court, doing cases for both the Defence and the Prosecution, in the Magistrates' and Crown Courts every day, conducting hearings for Defence Solicitors, the CPS and the Probation Service.
You will have the opportunity to apply to join the CPS Advocate Panel during your second six. You will also have the opportunity to apply to the Attorney General's Panel of Junior Counsel and to be included on the Panel for Counsel instructed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as well as those for other Regulatory bodies.

Chambers has a robust equal opportunities policy, and does not discriminate on grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, religion or political persuasion. We select candidates strictly according to demonstrated merit.
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. Why do you want to be a criminal barrister? (200 words)
  3. Which skills and characteristics are the hallmarks of a good advocate? (200 words)
  4. What is the greatest challenge you have faced so far? (200 words)
  5. How would your friends describe you? (200 words)
  6. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (200 words)
  7. 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)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.