Name of AETO:
XXIV Old Buildings
Head of AETO:
Alan Steinfeld QC
Address of AETO:
24 Old Buildings
Main practice area:
Commercial; Financial Services and Regulation; Insolvency and Restructuring; Banking and Financial Services; Arbitration; Chancery
Mediation; Public Access Work
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
8 February 2021 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
12 month pupillage
Leading commercial chancery set XXIV Old Buildings comprises 46 barristers (including 14 QCs) whose rich and diverse practices are united by a specialisation in chancery and commercial work, and membership of a friendly and forward-thinking chambers supported by a dynamic practice management team.
XXIV Old Buildings is renowned for the breadth and depth of expertise of its members, whom Chambers & Partners recognise as having been “involved in some of the most significant commercial cases going through the chancery division in recent years.” Just last year, Chambers and Partners awarded our head of chambers, Alan Steinfeld QC, its coveted lifetime achievement award, chambers was named “Chancery Set of the Year”, and Bajul Shah was named “Chancery Junior of the Year”. This year, Edward Cumming QC was shortlisted for “Chancery Silk of the Year” and Elizabeth Weaver was shortlisted for “Chancery Junior of the Year”.
Our barristers are regularly instructed in cases that go from the courtroom to the textbook – from Foskett v McKeown, Choithram v Pagarani and Schmidt v Rosewood, to Rubin v Eurofinance and Wood v Capita.
We are distinguished by our unrivalled reputation for international and cross-border litigation, an area in which we are recognised as “pioneers in the field”. As well as appearing in courts and tribunals at every level in England and Wales, members of chambers frequently appear as advocates, offer advice, act as arbitrators and work alongside other lawyers in jurisdictions around the world, including the USA,
the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, the United Arab Emirates, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Mauritius, Malaysia, Gibraltar, China (including Hong Kong), Kazakhstan, Singapore, and Samoa. We are unique in having offices in Geneva in addition to our home in Lincoln’s Inn.
Today’s pupils are tomorrow’s tenants and the future of chambers. We therefore pride ourselves on our fair and rigorous application process, which we believe our applicants deserve and appreciate. We do not invite or process applications using the Pupillage Gateway application platform, and (as explained below) do not believe you should be limited in the number of sets to which you can apply. Instead we have developed and manage our own application process – inviting applications using our own simple online form available at www.xxiv.co.uk/pupillage – to take account of the fact that pupillage applications are time-consuming and that applicants are likely to have other academic and work commitments. We believe that our system allows us to select the best candidates for pupillage, irrespective of background.
We look for candidates with strong academic qualifications (a first or 2:1 class degree, not necessarily in law, although we consider lower class degrees if you suffered mitigating circumstances), intellectual ability, sound common sense and judgment and enthusiasm for the type of work in which we specialise. We aim to identify potential to become great advocates and successful tenants in our chambers. We take account of high grades in post-graduate law qualifications if they are relevant to our area of practice.
We take particular pride in our transparent, fair, rigorous, and friendly application process. We operate an equal opportunities policy and recruit without regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, gender re-assignment, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, religion or belief, fertility health, pregnancy, or maternity.
As well as aiming to recruit the best applicants, we invest heavily in our pupils’ time with us – and their training – to build on our ongoing success. We think that we can offer you one of the most enjoyable, well-structured and generously funded pupillages at the Bar – and we hope those of you successful in applying will agree.
We are offering three pupillages from October 2022 (each with an award of at least £65,000, a quarter of which may be drawn down in advance), and our clear aim will be to offer tenancy to all three pupils in due course.
XXIV Old Buildings conducts its own bespoke application process for pupillage. Full details, including the selection policy, are available in the Pupillage and Recruitment Policy on our website at www.xxiv.co.uk/pupillage.
We do not think that you should be limited in the number of sets to which you can apply, and by developing and managing our own application process – which takes account of the fact that pupillage applications are time-consuming and that applicants are likely to have other academic and work commitments – we believe we have formulated a rigorous and fair system that allows us to select the best candidates for pupillage, irrespective of background. Our carefully-designed pathway, from application to offer, is part of our commitment to equality and diversity at the Bar.
We therefore invite applications between 11am on Monday 4 January 2021 and 11am on Monday 8 February 2021 (i.e. in accordance with the Pupillage Gateway timetable) using our own (genuinely short, and, we hope, genuinely user-friendly and straightforward) bespoke online form, available at www.xxiv.co.uk/pupillage. N.B. We do not use the Pupillage Gateway application platform to process or administer our applications.
Following 11am on Monday 8 February 2021:
1. All applicants will receive details by email of how to perform an online aptitude test, which will have to be completed during the week beginning 8 February 2021. Please email our Pupillage Co-ordinator, Edward Cumming QC, (at firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible if you think we might be able to make any reasonable accommodations to cater for your particular circumstances.
2. Those candidates who perform well below average on the aptitude test will be eliminated. We shall then assess and score the application forms of the top-scoring candidates on the test, and combine that score with their aptitude test scores. The 40 candidates with the highest combined scores will be invited to interview. If you are invited to interview we shall ask you to send a CV and covering letter to chambers a couple of days before your interview (such that it may make sense to prepare these in advance).
3. The interviews will be in a structured format and be at least around 20 minutes long. We will endeavor to conduct them in chambers in the week commencing 15 February 2021 (probably during the afternoons of Tuesday 16 February 2021 and Wednesday 17 February 2021), but – depending on the public health situation – may make alternative suggestions. Please note that applicants’ application forms and aptitude test scores will not be made available to the interviewers.
4. The 12 candidates who perform best at interview will be invited to the final round selection day. We will endeavour to conduct this in chambers – subject to the public health situation – and anticipate that it will involve you being invited to prepare for and take part in (i) an advocacy exercise, (ii) a group discussion exercise, and (iii) an unseen written exercise. You will also have some talks from our tenants about our chambers and our work. The day is likely to last from about 9.30am until about 5pm and – again subject to the public health situation – our intention is for it to take place on Saturday 20 February 2021. We suggest that you ensure, before you apply, that you can come to London for the whole of that day. The aim of the day is not only for us to evaluate your potential as pupils and tenants of chambers, but also to give you an opportunity to learn more about us and our work.
5. Offers of pupillage will be made at 9am on Friday 7 May 2021 (i.e. in accordance with the Pupillage Gateway timetable).
If you have any questions or concerns about our pupillage application process, please contact our Pupillage Co-ordinator, Edward Cumming QC, by email at email@example.com.
You can also follow us on Twitter (@XXIVpupillage) for further updates.
Full details of the selection process, including the objective criteria which we apply throughout the process, are in our Pupillage and Recruitment Policy.
XXIV Old Buildings conducts its own bespoke application process for pupillage – as described above. Full details, including the selection policy, are available in the Pupillage and Recruitment Policy on our website at www.xxiv.co.uk/pupillage.