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Pump Court Tax Chambers - 12 Months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Pump Court Tax Chambers
Head of AETO:
Kevin Prosser QC
Address of AETO:
16 Bedford Row
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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
Pump Court Tax Chambers is the largest set of chambers specialising in revenue law, encompassing a huge range of advice and litigation – both domestic and international.

The Tax Bar

Practice at the tax bar is most similar to practice at the Chancery or Commercial/Chancery bar. Many members of Chambers act for HMRC as well as for taxpayers. Tax practice itself involves difficult statutory interpretation, a large amount of EU law (even now as we leave the EU) and a good knowledge of chancery and common law concepts (e.g. contracts, trusts, company law and land law): a tax question may depend on the operation of a trust or the interpretation of a contract, and many recent developments in restitution have occurred in tax cases argued by members of these chambers. Junior practice involves independent and led work. Most Members’ practices consist of at least 50% litigious work, and tax cases range from purely legal disputes lasting a day to multiple week witness trials. However, litigation is more likely to involve being in court every few weeks than every few days. Members appear in the Supreme Court and the CJEU. Tax questions come up not only in the context of statutory appeals to the First-tier Tribunal, but also in, for example, judicial review proceedings in the Administrative Court, disputes between businesses about the tax consequences of purchase agreements, claims for restitution in the High Court, proceedings where the Court’s intervention is needed – for instance for the variation of trusts, rectification and rescission, as well as matrimonial finance proceedings and professional negligence claims. Having a mix of clients including the Government adds breadth and dimension to our practices.


We do not expect our pupillage applicants to have any previous experience of tax law. What is required is good general legal knowledge/reasoning, as well as the potential to develop the skills for interpreting the often difficult statutory provisions and explaining these clearly to clients (and judges). Commercial awareness, clear thinking and a creative mind will help find practical solutions to the problems presented. Only around half our members did law degrees – a non-law degree is no barrier to success at the tax bar, particularly if it involved explaining difficult concepts clearly. If you enjoy highly technical subjects like contract, equity, restitution or EU law you are likely to enjoy tax.

We work hard to make pupillage a positive learning experience. We want to attract and support the best candidates. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all pupillage applicants and candidates for tenancy: see below for access arrangements. We are Founding Partners of Bridging the Bar, a charity committed to promotion of quality opportunities and diversity at the Bar:

The pupillage award is £67,500. We recognise that training for the Bar is expensive and so we provide that up to £25,000 of any pupillage award can be drawn down in advance. To find out more about pupillages go to

All enquiries relating to pupillages should, where possible, be made by e-mail to


Chambers can accommodate wheelchair users both during the application process and whilst working in Chambers. Further details can be found at

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any more information relating to the accessibility of Chambers.

Chambers is committed to ensuring that everyone working in Chambers (including pupils and mini-pupils) can participate fully in Chambers life. Chambers will make reasonable adjustments where necessary.

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 would you like to be a barrister specialising in tax? (200-400 words) (400 words)
  2. Tell us about a time when you have persuaded someone of something. Examples could include any mooting or debating experience or other written or oral advocacy (in the broadest sense). (200-400 words.) (400 words)
  3. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.