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4 New Square - 12 Months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
4 New Square
Head of AETO:
Mark Cannon QC
Address of AETO:
4 New Square
Lincoln's Inn
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Construction and Engineering; Professional Liability; Insurance and Reinsurance; Costs; Litigation; Commercial and Chancery; Public Law; Human Rights; Sports law; International Commercial Arbitration
Specialist services:
Arbitration and Mediation
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 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
4 New Square is a commercial set of Chambers. Our members are recognised worldwide for the work they do and we are instructed in some of the largest disputes around the world. We are known for being the top set for professional liability, insurance and costs litigation work and we are ranked as a leading set for international arbitration, commercial litigation, construction, professional discipline, product liability and sports law. Our profile in areas such as public law, offshore work and fraud also continues to grow.

A pupillage with Chambers will give you exposure to a wide variety of high quality commercial and international work and the chance to work alongside barristers who are recognised as leaders in their specialist fields. To develop your skills and confidence as an advocate and to equip you for a successful career at the Bar you will be given a large amount of junior advocacy work during your pupillage and early years as a junior tenant.

Assessment is a major part of pupillage but not its aim. The aim of the pupillage year is to develop the talent of our pupils so that each of them reaches the required objective standard for tenancy. We want our pupils to succeed. Our pupils are not in competition with one another for a tenancy and we welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds and from all universities.

We are a friendly and sociable set who enjoy a supportive environment with an open door policy.

To give more insight into our recruitment process and life as a pupil and tenant at 4 New Square we have released five pupillage focused podcasts where we interview our Head of Recruitment, Senior Clerk and CEO, pupils and tenants (available on the podcast page on our website or listen via your podcast app).

Full details of pupillage at 4 New Square are available on our website.

‘A forward-looking and internationally minded chambers that is modern and unstuffy… Without doubt, one of the best chambers in England and Wales, unrivalled in the experience and abilities of its barristers.’ – Legal 500

Pupil Profile:
In considering prospective candidates for pupillage or mini-pupillage, we concentrate on four criteria:
- Evidence of the requisite intellectual ability, as distinct from pure legal knowledge. At this stage intellectual ability is usually measured by performance in university and school examinations and at interview and other experience. We usually also require applicants to complete a piece of written work during the course of the selection process.
- Potential as an advocate both in oral and written advocacy.
- Personal qualities such as self-reliance, independence, integrity, reliability and the capacity to work effectively with clients, colleagues and staff in Chambers.
- Motivation to succeed in a career at the Bar, including the steps taken to acquire the personal qualities required of a barrister.

Pupillage Structure

Starting your pupillage:
At the outset, there is a full induction and you are introduced to the members of Chambers and staff. There is a pleading and advices course, run by a junior member of Chambers, where key topics are considered and pupils have the chance, in a non-assessed environment, to raise any questions they may have.

Pupil supervisors:
You will be allocated a pupil supervisor in October. Pupils share their supervisor's room and accompany them in all aspects of their practice. You will move to a new pupil supervisor in January and again in April. You may sometimes also work with other members of Chambers if there is a case of special interest but only with the agreement of your supervisor and where there is a clear educational purpose.

The first six months:
You will attend court and conferences with your pupil supervisor. You will assist your pupil supervisor with their work, for instance by carrying out detailed legal research. You will also draft legal documents including statements of case and opinions.

The second six months:
During your second six months, you will take on an increasing amount of your own court work. We place a strong emphasis on advocacy and support our pupils in gaining valuable practical experience. You can expect to be in court on your own about once a week up to the tenancy decision and more thereafter.

In addition to unassessed advocacy training, you will take part in two assessed moots during your pupillage. The pupil supervisors provide feedback to the pupils following the moots, which are normally judged by members of the judiciary. Prior to the practising period of pupillage, there is also a specific training session on the types of applications and hearings which you are likely to undertake during your second six months.

We aim to provide a friendly and sociable atmosphere. Pupils are included in Chambers social events throughout the year.

What award is offered?
The total annual award is £65,000, comprising a £55,000 award (of which £5,000 is paid immediately upon acceptance of the offer and a further £15,000 can be drawn down during the BPTC year) and guaranteed earnings in the second 6 months of £10,000. Pupils are allowed to keep any earnings from their second 6 months, including anything earned in excess of the £10,000 guarantee. New tenants have a guaranteed income of £240,000 (net of Chambers expenses), in addition to their pupillage award, over the first three years of practice.

When are the interviews?
First Round Interviews: Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 March 2021
Second Round Interviews: Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 March 2021

Equal opportunities:
We observe a policy of equal opportunities and select our mini-pupils, pupils and tenants on merit alone, irrespective of race, gender, age, sexuality, religious belief, disability, marital status or background. All applicants are required to complete the Bar Council Equality Code questionnaire to submit with their application form. This is used for monitoring purposes only.

Tenancy offers:
We cannot guarantee that any pupil will be offered a tenancy, but we recruit by objective standards, and any pupil reaching those standards will be taken on, regardless of issues such as accommodation or work available. We give every assistance to pupils who have not been offered a tenancy when seeking places in other Chambers. We also find that our former pupils are sought-after by good firms of solicitors.

Pupillage contact details:
If you have any queries please contact the Pupillage Co-Ordinator on 020 7822 2000 or email

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. Experience of mooting or debating or other relevant oral presentation (200 words)
  2. Why are you considering a career at the Bar? (200 words)
  3. Which areas of the Bar interest you and why? (200 words)
  4. What qualities do you have to make a successful career at the Bar? (200 words)
  5. What are your reasons for applying to 4 New Square? (200 words)
  6. Please identify a recent, reported authority (in the civil courts of England and Wales) which interests you or which you think was wrongly decided, stating why it is of particular interest or (if appropriate) why you believe it to have been wrongly decided. (300 words)
  7. Please use the space below to add any other details or information that you would like us to consider. (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.