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Atkin Chambers - 12 months - September 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Atkin Chambers
Head of AETO:
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC
Address of AETO:
Atkin Chambers
1 Atkin Building, Gray's Inn
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Commercial; Construction and Engineering; Energy and Natural Resources; IT and Telecommunications; Professional Negligence; Shipbuilding and Offshore Construction; Transport; Infrastructure and PFI/PPP
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Pro Bono
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
8 February 2021 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
September 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Atkin Chambers is a leading set of commercial barristers with an international reputation for providing advocacy and advice on cases concerning construction, engineering, and infrastructure project development and disputes. Disputes are extremely varied and include transport, oil and gas, and renewable energy, IT and telecommunications, and social infrastructure projects. Wider commercial and professional negligence work is often related to such disputes.

Atkin Chambers is a leader in the field of construction law. Its barristers are regularly instructed to advise on, and act as advocates in relation to, some of the largest and most complex disputes domestically and internationally. Examples include The Shard, The Olympic Stadium, the upgrade of London Underground, Heathrow T5, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, The Panama Canal, airports across the Middle and Far East, flagship road and rail infrastructure, and oil and gas projects in the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

In 2019 Chambers was awarded The Legal 500 set of the year for both construction and energy, and international arbitration, and was named Construction Set of the Year at the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards. In 2020 Atkin Chambers was, for the second time, honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, the UK’s highest recognition for international business success.

Chambers looks to offer two funded 12-month pupillages each year. The annual pupillage award for pupils starting in September 2022 is £72,500. Chambers offers up to £25,000 from the pupillage award by way of funding for the BPTC and considers applications for further advances on a case-by-case basis.

How to apply
Chambers is committed to recruiting pupils and tenants that will participate in the continued success of its international and domestic practice. Chambers looks for pupils who are well-motivated and have an interest in practising in the areas of law in which Chambers specialises. Pre-existing knowledge of construction law is not required, although candidates should have a strong grounding in contract and tort law. Applicants for pupillage should have a first-class degree or a good upper second-class degree. Postgraduate qualifications are viewed favourably but are not essential. Chambers encourages applications for pupillage from law and non-law graduates alike.

Applicants should send their CV and a covering letter of no more than two pages in length to We require two references (of which at least one should be academic). They should be sent by each referee direct to Atkin Chambers at clearly marked with the name of the applicant. Please list the names of your two referees in your cover letter. Please also complete and include the confidential equality & diversity monitoring form which is available to download on Chambers' website.

Applications for pupillage starting September 2022 open on Monday 4 January 2021 and close at 11am on Monday 8 February 2021.

Please note that Atkin Chambers is not part of the Bar Council Pupillage Gateway and applications must be made direct to Chambers.

Chambers will reimburse all reasonable travel expenses for interviewees. Please ask for details when your interview is being arranged or email for details of how to claim.

Atkin Chambers is committed to respecting and understanding the cultural needs of its diverse and global client base, and is committed to equality and diversity in both recruitment and the provision of services. We recognise the importance of increasing social mobility at the Bar and look at all applications for pupillage and mini-pupillage solely on merit and irrespective of race, ethnic origin, nationality, gender, religion, age, belief or disability. We welcome applications from graduates of all universities and from all backgrounds and all sections of the community with the ability and determination to succeed as a barrister.