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Goldsmith Chambers - 18 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Goldsmith Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Anthony Metzer QC
Address of chambers:
Goldsmith Building
Chambers website address:
Practice areas:
Crime; Family; Civil; Immigration
Specialist services:
London; South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
18 month pupillage
Goldsmith Chambers is a leading common-law set of more than 90 members, with crime, immigration, civil and family practice groups. We are a modern, professional and friendly set with a thriving group of junior practitioners.
Applications are invited for two 18-month pupillages commencing October 2020. We intend to recruit one specialist criminal law pupil and one common-law pupil. In the first six months, our common-law pupillage will focus on non-criminal areas of practice, with the remaining 12 months providing practical experience in a mixture of Chambers’ work, including crime.
Pupils can expect to be in court frequently. Every effort is made to prepare pupils fully for life at the Bar, including a programme of advocacy training by members of chambers. Pupil supervisors provide regular feedback to their pupils regarding their progress.
Decisions about tenancy are made at the conclusion of the 18-month pupillage. Pupillage is offered with a view to Chambers considering pupils as prospective tenants. Exceptionally, a tenancy decision might be made upon completion of the second-six.
The pupillage award of £25,000 a year, is divided between £12,500 payment over the first six months and £12,500 by way of guaranteed earnings in the second six months. Third-six pupils do not pay Chambers’ rent or commission.
(If applicants wish to apply for both 2020 and 2021 pupillages, they should apply via Pupillage Gateway for a 2021 pupillage and they will automatically be considered for both 2020 and 2021 pupillages. Please do not submit applications for both.)
Goldsmith Chambers will accept applications from candidates with a degree of class 2:1 or higher, but will consider those holding class 2:2 in extenuating circumstances.
After an initial shortlisting process by members of the Pupillage and Tenancy Committee, shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. Our selection process assesses all candidates on merit and against the same set of selection criteria.
Goldsmith Chambers is committed to equality of opportunity. It is our policy to treat everybody equally and fairly, and we assess all applications on merit alone, without reference to the candidates’ race, sex, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, disability, age, religion or belief. Race encompasses colour, ethnic or national origin and nationality. All applications will be treated in strictest confidence and in full compliance with the Equality and Diversity Rules of the Bar Standards Board’s Code of Conduct.
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. Tell us about a recent case that you have found interesting. What was the case about and why did it interest you? (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.