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CPS - 12 months - November 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Crown Prosecution Service
Head of Chambers:
Training Principal - Martin McKay-Smith
Address of chambers:

102 Petty France
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Crime; Employed Bar
Specialist services:
North eastern; South eastern; Midlands; London; Northern; Western; Wales; Wales & chester
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:
27 March 2020 at 11:55 PM
Pupillage start date:
November 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
The CPS delivers justice - working with our partners at the heart of the criminal justice system to protect the public and create a safe society. As a legal trainee you will play a key role in this while getting the support and opportunities you need to develop your career.

Supporting the success of our people is a priority for the CPS. Post qualification, our legal trainees regularly progress into key leadership roles and/or become specialists with considerable expertise in complex and intellectually challenging casework such as fraud, extradition, sexual offences or counter terrorism.

Opportunities to apply for roles as Crown Advocates, who exercise Crown Court rights predominately, may follow qualified appointment as Crown Prosecutors but are not guaranteed as they are dependent on the developing requirements of the service - however a programme of career progression for the individual is integral to the offer and many other opportunities to specialise in unique areas of prosecution work are available.
Legal trainee posts
The CPS is offering up to 20 legal trainee (pupillage) posts to start in November 2020. Up to 20 Pupillages are available, with posts offered in order of merit to the top performing candidates (subject to appropriate supervisory arrangements in place).

Pupillage 1 year in duration

Legal trainee posts are available in: Cymru-Wales, East Midlands, East of England, London North, London South, Mersey-Cheshire, South East, South West, Thames and Chiltern and Wessex.

Upon successful qualification legal trainees will be offered permanent posts as Crown Prosecutors, where they will initially be based in a Magistrates Court Unit with the expectation that they will then gain the necessary skills and competence to apply for Senior Crown Prosecutor posts and beyond through regular recruitment procedures.

Structure of pupillage – non-practising period (first six)

CPS pupils undertake the full range of a prosecutor’s work (excluding advocacy) under supervision. This will include:

- Pre-charge advice
- Case review
- Trial preparation
- Attending conferences
- Attending meetings with victims
- Legal research & drafting
- Attending court

Pupils attend both magistrates’ and the Crown Court and observe their pupil supervisor and other advocates.

CPS pupils are also expected to spend four weeks on secondment at Chambers during the first six months.

Structure of pupillage – practising period (second six)

CPS pupils will continue to work on cases as in the first six and will also undertake advocacy and have an opportunity to undertake all types of hearings covered by Crown Prosecutors.

The recruitment process will open for applications on 2nd March 2020.

How to apply
Comprehensive information on how to apply with details on the selection process and associated timetable will be published shortly here