Name of AETO:
25 Bedford Row
Head of AETO:
George Carter-Stephenson QC, Jeremy Dein QC & Paul Mendelle QC
Address of AETO:
25 Bedford Row
Main practice area:
Environment; Fraud; Human Rights; Inquiries and Inquests; International Crime; Prison Law and Criminal Justice; Regulatory; Terrorism; White Collar Crime; Crime; Criminal Defence and Appeals; Professional Regulation; Regulatory and disciplinary
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
8 February 2021 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
12 month pupillage
In selecting our pupils, we have a three stage process. Firstly, all written Pupillage Gateway applications will be reviewed by a panel of tenants. They will be looking for applications which demonstrate a commitment to criminal law, a sound academic background and appropriate voluntary and/or paid work experience. Those who are short listed for interview will be invited for a 15-20 minute initial interview with a small panel of tenants. The purpose of the interview is to determine the applicant's ability to present an argument, respond to intervention and their social skills. Successful applicants at this stage will be invited for a second interview which will involve an advocacy exercise. Details of the exercise will be given on arrival and all candidates will receive appropriate preparation time. The exercise will be followed by a more formal third interview and the panel will be looking for candidates who display a passion and flair for advocacy and who are persuasive in their argument. The shortlist of candidates will then be invited (Covid permitting) to Chambers to see how we work and to ask questions of junior tenants and working pupils in a more informal environment.
Our funding continues to be one of the more competitive amounts at the Criminal Bar. All twelve month pupils will receive a £15,000 grant for the non-practising six months of pupillage and guaranteed receipts of at least £15,000 during their second six months. Our pupils are normally in court once or twice a day and Chambers has a reputation for having sufficient work to keep pupils busy. In addition, Chambers pays for the continuing education courses which a pupil is required to undertake during pupillage and also provides assistance with travel. Travel outside London is funded by Chambers.
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.
- Why do you want to be a criminal defence barrister? (250 words)
- Put the following attributes in order of importance for a successful criminal barrister, and explain the reasons for your answer: intellect; ambition; integrity; resilience; performance skills. (250 words)
- The criminal justice system has been badly affected by COVID-19. We would be interested in your views on the following:
(i) There should be no limit on how long people are held in custody before their trial. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
(ii) Should those convicted of criminal offences during the pandemic be given reductions in their sentences to reflect the impact of COVID-19 on prisons? (500 words)
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.