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5 King's Bench Walk - 12 months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Chambers of Sarah Forshaw QC and Mark Heywood QC
Head of Chambers:
Sarah Forshaw QC and Mark Heywood QC
Address of chambers:
5 King's Bench Walk
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Specialist services:
Public Access Work
South eastern; London
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 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Winners of the Chambers UK Bar Award for 'Crime Set of the Year 2019', we are one of the top specialist criminal sets. Founded in 1966 we have expertise in all areas of criminal law, including commercial, serious and organised crime. We prosecute and defend, principally in London but also throughout the South-Eastern Circuit. Chambers also has a small team specialising in family/civil law.

There are 52 members of Chambers, including six Queen's Counsel and the Junior Treasury Counsel. Members of Chambers have been involved in many of the most high profile trials of the last few years. Individual members have additional expertise in areas such as licensing, courts martial, inquests, extradition and civil actions against the police.

We are a friendly set and take great interest in getting to know our pupils, both personally and professionally. During their first six months, pupils will accompany both senior and junior members of Chambers to Court each day, in order to gain a broad experience of criminal work. In their second six months, pupils can expect to be appearing in Court themselves from day one and, every week day, including some Saturday Courts by rota. Our pupillage award includes an income guarantee for the second (and third) six months, as well as a flat award for the first six months. All pupils also undergo extensive in-house training; including repeated advocacy exercises in Chambers and in real Courtrooms. We believe our in-house training is second to none. For more information, visit our website where you will find a section on pupillage and mini-pupillage on the dropdown box ‘Join Us’. We are aiming to take up to 4 pupils, starting 1 October 2021.

Chambers has an excellent record for recruiting tenants from pupils. In 2017 we took on 3 of our 4 pupils and in 2018, we took on 2 of our 3 pupils. We will not normally consider tenancy applications until the completion of a third-six. If we are unable to take on a pupil, we will use our best endeavours to find an alternative place and the reputation of Chambers and our pupillage training gives those looking elsewhere a strong advantage – the third pupil of 2018, to whom we could not offer a tenancy, has subsequently gained a tenancy elsewhere. New tenants enjoy reduced rent contributions for the first 2 years of practice after becoming members.

Please note that our first round of interviews will be held on Saturday 7 March 2020. The second round of interviews will take place during the week commencing 16 March 2020.
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 criminal law would you repeal and why? (100 words)
  2. What is the best piece of public speaking you have heard, and why? (100 words)
  3. With a jury of 11, 10 or 9 people what are the minimum numbers for a verdict? (250 words)
  4. Name a mistake you have made and explain how you rectified it. (250 words)
  5. 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)
  6. 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.