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Fountain Court Chambers - 12 months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Fountain Court Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Bankim Thanki QC
Address of chambers:
Fountain Court
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Administrative; Aviation; Banking and Financial Services; Civil Fraud; Commercial; Energy; Insurance and Reinsurance; International Commercial Arbitration; Professional Discipline; Professional Negligence
Specialist services:
Arbitration; Mediation; Pro Bono
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

Type of set
Fountain Court is a leading commercial set of barristers’ chambers in London with some 91 tenants, including 36 silks, specialising in commercial and other high quality civil work. We are seeking to recruit law and non-law graduates of the highest calibre for pupillage and eventually tenancy. We positively encourage applications from groups who are currently under-represented in Chambers such as women and those from a black or other ethnic minority background.

Areas of Practice
In addition to general commercial litigation, specific practice areas include:

• Banking & Financial Services
• Aviation
• Professional Negligence
• Insurance and Reinsurance
• Civil Fraud
• International Arbitration

There is a broad range of other work in chambers, including energy and natural resources, employment, public law (especially in a commercial context), company, insolvency, sports, telecommunications, professional discipline and regulatory work, and commercial crime. There is also a substantial amount of international work, and Chambers has an annexe in Singapore.

A pupillage at Fountain Court offers top-quality training and very good financial support in a busy, friendly environment. A 12 month pupillage is split into four periods, with time spent between three different pupil supervisors. In the final period, you return to your first pupil supervisor.

Pupils will be called upon to do specific pieces of work for their pupil supervisors and for other members of chambers more widely. The first two months of pupillage are unassessed, while the pupil finds his or her feet. In addition to working on papers (which always relate to real cases), a pupil can also expect to accompany his or her pupil supervisor to trials and appeals and, more frequently, to interlocutory hearings.

Skills sought
In selecting our pupils we will be looking to assess academic and intellectual abilities, skills in oral and written presentation, judgement, how well the candidate is likely to communicate with clients (both lay and professional), and an understanding of and interest in our work. Successful applicants tend to have a first-class degree, or at least some evidence of attainment to first-class level.
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. Give reason for your choice of chambers. (200 words)
  2. What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
  3. Please identify any additional experiences/skills gained that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
  4. 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)
  5. Why do you wish to become a barrister? (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.