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5 King's Bench Walk - 12 months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Chambers of Sarah Forshaw QC and Mark Heywood QC
Head of AETO:
Sarah Forshaw QC and Mark Heywood QC
Address of AETO:
5 King's Bench Walk
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Specialist services:
Public Access Work
South eastern; London
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
We are one of the top specialist criminal sets. Founded in 1966 we have expertise in all areas of criminal law, including commercial, serious and organised crime. We prosecute and defend, principally in London but also throughout the South-Eastern Circuit. Chambers also has a small team who specialise in family/civil law.

There are 52 members of Chambers, including seven Queen's Counsel and two Junior Treasury Counsel. Members of Chambers have been involved in many of the most high profile trials of the last few years. Individual members have additional expertise in areas such as licensing, courts martial, inquests, extradition and civil actions against the police.

We are a friendly set and take great interest in getting to know our pupils, both personally and professionally. During their first six months, pupils will accompany both senior and junior members of Chambers to Court each day, in order to gain a broad experience of criminal work. In their second six months, pupils can expect to be appearing in Court themselves from day one and, every week day, including some Saturday Courts by rota. Our pupillage award includes an income guarantee for the second six months, as well as a flat award for the first six months. All pupils also undergo extensive in-house training; including repeated advocacy exercises in Chambers and in real Courtrooms. We believe our in-house training is second to none. For more information, visit our website where you will find a section on pupillage and mini-pupillage under the 'join us' menu. We are aiming to take 2 pupils, starting 3 October 2022.

Chambers has an excellent record for recruiting tenants from pupils. In 2017 we took on 3 of our 4 pupils, in 2018, we took on 2 of our 3 pupils in 2019 we took on 3 of our 3 pupils. We will not normally consider tenancy applications until the completion of a third-six. If we are unable to take on a pupil, we will use our best endeavours to find an alternative place and the reputation of Chambers and our pupillage training gives those looking elsewhere a strong advantage. New tenants enjoy reduced rent contributions for the first 3 years of practice after becoming members.

Please note that our first round of interviews will be held on the weekend of Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March 2021. The second round of interviews will take place before the end of March 2021.
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. Which criminal law would you repeal and why? (100 words)
  2. Which skills and characteristics are the hallmarks of a good advocate? (200 words)
  3. What changes do you think are needed to the criminal justice system and why? (500 words)
  4. Trial by jury is a luxury our legal system can no longer afford. An inquisitorial system is more efficient and less susceptible to manipulation. Discuss (1000 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.