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7 King's Bench Walk - 12 months - September 2023 (deferred)

AETO information
Name of AETO:
7 King's Bench Walk
Head of AETO:
Gavin Kealey QC
Address of AETO:
7 King's Bench Walk
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Insurance and Reinsurance; Shipping; Professional Negligence; Civil Fraud; International Trade; Energy; Shipbuilding; Banking and Financial Services; Product Liability; Aviation; Construction and Engineering; Commercial Dispute Resolution
Specialist services:
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 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
What we do

7 King’s Bench Walk is a specialist commercial set with a reputation for the depth of its expertise and intellectual rigour. The vast majority of our work is in the commercial and appellate courts and in commercial arbitrations in London, although members also appear regularly in other courts and jurisdictions. The general character of Chambers’ work is of an international flavour, representing clients from across the world.
Chambers distinguishes itself by its supportive and inclusive atmosphere, as well as by the consistent excellence of its tenants, from the most distinguished silks to the newest juniors.

Areas of work

All members of Chambers specialise in commercial law. In practice, commercial law covers everything from small-scale contractual disputes to complex multi-jurisdictional disputes in areas such as international trade, energy, insurance, professional negligence, banking, financial services, fraud, commodities, shipping and aviation.

What we are looking for

We are looking for candidates with strong analytical and intellectual abilities as well as broader skills likely to make them successful in practice. We do not typically interview candidates who do not have a first or a good upper second-class degree or equivalent.
Chambers is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in its recruitment processes and in all areas of Chambers life. We welcome applications from talented and ambitious candidates, regardless of background, and assess all applicants against the same objective and fair criteria.

You will receive the best possible training

7KBW places particular emphasis during pupillage on training pupils to become effective commercial barristers. To this end, the work of a pupil is diverse. A significant component will be helping in the preparation of trials and applications and attending Court and arbitrations with your pupil supervisor. You will have the opportunity to see the preparation, in which you will have played a part, put into practice, as well as to observe live advocacy. Your work as a pupil will also include drafting statements of case, researching the law, writing opinions and attending conferences, where advice is given and cases are discussed with solicitors, clients and expert witnesses. These are all skills a barrister at 7KBW can expect to use throughout his or her practice, so Chambers takes care to ensure that pupils have the opportunity to develop them during pupillage, with regular feedback on and discussions of their own work and exposure to the work of established members of Chambers.

The year

A pupil can expect to sit with 4 different pupil supervisors in the course of the year, providing the opportunity to see a range of work and approaches. Each pupil supervisor is there to help you to learn and to produce your best work whilst in Chambers, through ongoing supervision and feedback. It is also important that pupils do work for members of Chambers other than their supervisors, so that an informed decision can be made about tenancy. However, your pupil supervisor acts as a gateway, to ensure that demands on you are kept within reasonable bounds and you are not asked to do work without sufficient time to do it properly. We also have active pastoral support for pupils, which remains entirely separate from the assessment process. Chambers wants pupils to succeed and pupillage is approached with that goal.

We want you to succeed

You will be judged only on ability and your potential as a commercial barrister. We do not set quotas for new tenants each year and there is no competition among pupils for a predetermined number of tenancies. Our aim is for as many of our pupils as possible to succeed and to join Chambers as junior tenants.

Pupillage Award

£70,000, option to draw down up to £25,000.
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. Tell us what makes you different. (150 words)
  2. 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)
  3. 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.