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5 Pump Court - 12 months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
5 Pump Court
Head of AETO:
Michael Collard
Address of AETO:
5 Pump Court
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Civil; Family; Crime
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Arbitration
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
8 February 2021 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
3 October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
5 Pump Court is a successful common law set of chambers with three main practice teams: Criminal, Civil and Family. We are a friendly set and aim to make pupillage an instructive and enjoyable experience in which our pupils see a variety of work. To facilitate that, pupils will normally have three supervisors during the year and will see work from each of our practice areas. Pupils can expect to be in court on most days during their second six.

This year, 5 Pump Court seeks to recruit one pupil who can demonstrate a genuine desire to undertake pupillage in a common law chambers and one pupil who wishes to specialise in Crime. We are looking for outstanding and ambitious candidates who have a passion for advocacy.

Chambers pays a £10,000 award in the first six and guarantees earnings of £10,000 in the second six. Reasonable travel expenses outside Zone 4 in the first six are paid for as are mandatory training courses. We offer a bespoke internal training programme, opportunities to take part in pro bono activities and a supportive and welcoming work environment.
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. Why do you want to join our chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers. Please also specify whether you are applying for a criminal or common law pupillage and explain why you are interested in your chosen practice area(s). (200 words)
  2. BC1: Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? In your answer, please identify any relevant experiences or skills (particularly relating to advocacy) that you believe may help you in your career (100 words)
  3. Give your three strongest arguments for and against allowing an intelligent and well informed 16 year old to refuse lifesaving treatment (100 words)
  4. Should those who kill members of the emergency services be given mandatory life terms and if not, why not? (100 words)
  5. Other than advocacy, what are the most important skills which a modern barrister needs to have, and how can you demonstrate those? (100 words)
  6. Describe a challenging situation that you have faced in your life (does not need to be work related) and how you overcame it. (100 words)
  7. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.