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South Square - 12 months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
South Square
Head of AETO:
David Alexander QC and Mark Arnold QC
Address of AETO:
3-4 South Square
Gray's Inn
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Restructuring and Insolvency
Practice areas:
Insolvency and Restructuring; Banking and Finance Litigation; Commercial Litigation and Arbitration; Sports law; Company; Insurance; Offshore; Civil Fraud; Trusts; Property
Specialist services:
South eastern
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 9:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
3 October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Who we are looking for.

South Square recruits two high calibre pupils a year with a strong academic record and the potential to become an outstanding commercial barrister. The minimum academic qualification is a 2:1 degree.

Pupils are selected from a broad range of backgrounds and experience, whether recent university graduates or those seeking a second career at the Bar. A number of our members have degrees in law, some have taken non-law degrees and then sat the GDL, and others have started their career in another sector before becoming a barrister.

What we offer.

Pupils are welcomed into all areas of chambers' life and are provided with a structured programme designed to train and equip them for a successful practice in a dynamic and challenging environment. Pupils sit with a number of supervisors for periods of six to eight weeks to experience a range of practices and work.

Pupillage is not run as a competition between pupils, and chambers' approach is to recruit all pupils as tenants who meet the required standard.

Funding and and benefits.

Pupils receive awards of £65,000 per annum (reviewed annually). £20,000 of the pupillage award may be paid in advance for living expenses during the BPTC.

As a junior tenant you would receive a number of benefits including: subsidised travel and conference fees; no rental charge during your first 15 months of tenancy and no receipts charge for the first 6 months; subsidised membership of key professional associations for the first 2 years; and assistance and training in financial planning and business development.

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 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)
  2. 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)
  3. Please identify any experiences/skills gained that you believe may help you in your career? (400 words)
  4. Please provide any additional information that you consider to be relevant to your application (400 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.