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Garden Court Chambers - 12 Months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Garden Court Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Leslie Thomas QC, Judy Khan QC and Marc Willers QC
Address of chambers:
57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Civil; Actions Against the Police and Public Authorities; Civil Liberties; Community Care and Health; Mental Health & Court of Protection; Environment; Extradition; Family; Housing and Social Welfare; Immigration; International Law; Inquiries and Inquests; Planning; Professional Negligence; Criminal Defence; Employment; Gypsy and Traveller Rights; Nationality; Public and Administrative Law; Prison Law and Criminal Justice; Administrative; Public Law; Crime
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration); Pro Bono
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Chambers was set up in 1974 by six young barristers determined that the spirit which inspired the early Law Centre movement should find a place at the Bar. A strong commitment to the Legal Aid system and to offering legal representation to those disadvantaged by poverty and discrimination formed our founding philosophy. Our areas of practice include civil actions against the police, civil liberties, community care, court of protection, criminal defence, employment, environmental law, extradition, family law, Gypsy and Traveller rights, housing, immigration, international law, inquests, mediation, mental health, nationality, planning, prison law, public and administrative law and professional negligence. Chambers now has over 195 members, with 26 QCs and though our range of work and clientèle is immeasurably broader, our original commitment remains and underpins our practice.

Three pupils will be offered comprehensive training during a structured 12-month pupillage. This will involve working with leading practitioners in different areas of law. Pupils will be allocated a different supervisor for each six-month period. In the second six months of pupillage, our pupils tend to be in court on a daily basis. Additionally, pupils will benefit from internal courses in substantive law and advocacy.

All pupils will receive £35,000 over the 12 months of pupillage, comprising an award of £29,000 plus guaranteed earnings of £6,000 in the second six. Pupils will receive all earnings during their second six, which will not be subject to a management fee or Chambers’ rent.

Chambers only recruits via the Pupillage Gateway. This applies to all candidates, including those with exemptions, in accordance with our commitment to recruiting pupils on an equal opportunities basis. Our First Round of pupillage interviews for shortlisted candidates will be on Saturday 18 April 2020. The Final Round of pupillage interviews will take place across Saturday 2 May and Sunday 3 May 2020. Candidates are encouraged to visit our website for further details:

Garden Court Chambers is also advertising for a Specialist Crime Pupil. Candidates must note that this is a separate recruitment being run parallel to the general pupillage recruitment. You CANNOT apply to both, in doing so you may be disqualified and your application omitted from the shortlisting. The link to the Specialist Crime Pupillage gateway is here:

Mini pupillages are available but are not a mandatory requirement for pupillage applicants. Please visit our website for further details:
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 wish to become a barrister? (200 words)
  2. BC2 - What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
  3. 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)
  4. BC3 - Give reasons for your choice of chambers. (200 words)
  5. BC5 - Please identify any additional experiences / skills gained that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.