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Francis Taylor Buildings - 12 Months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Francis Taylor Building
Head of AETO:
Andrew Tait QC
Address of AETO:
Francis Taylor Building
Inner Temple
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Planning and Environmental Law
Practice areas:
Administrative; Civil; Civil Liberties; Energy and Natural Resources; Environment; European Law; Gypsy and Traveller Rights; Human Rights; Inquiries and Inquests; Judicial Review; Licensing; Local Government; Planning; Public Law; Road Transport
Specialist services:
Adjudication; Arbitration; International Arbitration; Licensed Access; Mediation; Pro Bono; Public Access Work
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:
3 October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Francis Taylor Building is a thriving and successful set of Chambers with a growing membership and an active recruitment policy.

Members specialise principally in planning, land valuation and compensation, environmental, major infrastructure projects, public law, licensing, local government, rating, religious liberty and ecclesiastical, regulatory and associated EU law.

Pupillage at Francis Taylor Building is a challenging and rewarding process. Its purpose is to provide a period of intensive training to equip pupils for a successful practice at the bar, and to provide Chambers with new tenants of the highest calibre.

Our pupils represent the future of Chambers, and we invest a great deal of time and resources to ensure that the training we provide is of an excellent quality, that pupils are made to feel welcome, and that they are treated fairly and equally throughout their time in Chambers.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, and encourage applications from groups which are currently under-represented in Chambers.

Life in Chambers as a pupil

Pupils will work alongside their pupil supervisors and experience all aspects of their professional lives. The 12 month period is divided equally between three different pupil supervisors. Our training programme is designed to ensure pupils develop the competencies set out in the BSB Professional Statement, Threshold Standard and Competencies.

Pupils can expect to read their pupil supervisor’s instructions and papers, research relevant law, attempt their own draft pleadings and opinions for discussion, and accompany their pupil supervisor to court hearings and conferences. After the completion of the first four months of pupillage, pupils are also expected to undertake written work for other members of Chambers as well as their pupil supervisor. In their second six months, pupils are also able and expected to accept instructions to undertake work of their own.
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. Please explain your reasons for choosing to pursue a career at the Bar (250 words)
  2. Please explain your reasons for choosing to pursue a career in public law (250 words)
  3. Please explain your reasons for choosing to apply to Francis Taylor Building (250 words)
  4. Outline relevant mooting, debating, public speaking and advocacy experience (250 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.
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