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Keating Chambers - 12 Months - September 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Keating Chambers
Head of AETO:
Alexander Nissen QC
Address of AETO:
15 Essex Street
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Construction and Engineering; Energy; Procurement; Professional Negligence; Shipbuilding; Technology; Arbitration; Commercial; Planning; Environment
Specialist services:
Litigation; International Arbitration; Adjudication; Mediation; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration); Public Access Work; Pro Bono
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:
12 September 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Keating Chambers is a leading commercial set. It is one of the two top construction chambers in the UK and worldwide. In their first years of practice, tenants can expect earnings equivalent to those in other top sets of commercial chambers.

We specialise in construction, technology and related professional negligence disputes. These disputes often relate to high-value and high-profile projects in the UK and overseas and typically involve complex issues in the law of contract, tort and restitution. Some of our members are also involved in EU, planning and environmental law. All members of Chambers are frequently involved in reported cases.

Chambers’ area of practice is dynamic and challenging. Most of our cases are contractual disputes, but principles of tort, restitution, mistake and misrepresentation frequently arise. The cases are intellectually challenging and the complexity of disputes requires thorough analytical skills. We emphasise that no specialist or technical knowledge of construction or engineering is required or assumed: no questions are asked about this at any stage of our recruitment process and it forms no part of selection for pupillage.

We are a friendly and welcoming set. We want to ensure that we attract the best applicants, offer the best applicants a pupillage and retain them as tenants. We want our chambers to reflect the diversity of the people we serve and seek to serve. The best barristers do not all come from the same mould. They may be of any ethnicity, from any culture or race, of any gender or none, any social background and possess a multitude of other, diverse, characteristics. To that end, we have carried out a comprehensive review of our selection process and will be providing detailed guidance on our website from the 8th January 2021 as to our selection criteria, our process and what we are looking for from candidates at each stage. This process will be complete before Christmas and the new information available on our website. The website also includes extensive additional information about life in Chambers and members of Chambers which is also undergoing an update: please do browse. We think you will like what you see.

If you need us to make a reasonable adjustment for a disability at any stage, we will be happy to do so. Candidates will be given a named contact for this purpose.

Our members are involved in disputes of all shapes and sizes: from residential building works to multi-million-pound projects for the construction of airports, dams, power stations, ships, oil rigs and bridges. Members of Chambers have been instructed on projects such as the Olympic venues, Wembley Stadium, the Pinnacle, the Shard, the Gherkin, the Millennium Bridge, the London Eye and the Channel Tunnel. Much of Chambers’ work now also includes rapidly developing areas such as information technology, telecommunications and energy (including oil & gas, renewables and nuclear).

Members of Chambers act as advocates in litigation (principally in the Technology and Construction Court and the Commercial Court) and arbitration throughout the UK.

A number of our members specialise in international arbitration. This involves projects and hearings elsewhere; sometimes in Europe but often in the Gulf and Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Caribbean. Two members of Chambers are based permanently in Hong Kong. There are many opportunities to work abroad. Members of Chambers have been instructed on projects such the Dubai metro, airports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and the Philippines, the Tsing Ma suspension bridge in Hong Kong, the Shinkansen high speed train network and cases involving mines, ships, rigs, oil wells and various types of plant (biofuel, gas turbine, nuclear etc) across all four continents.

New and alternative methods of dispute resolution are often used and several of our members are frequently appointed as mediators, arbitrators, and adjudicators.

Members of Keating Chambers also have plenty of opportunities to engage in the academic aspects of our work and regularly publish books, articles and journals. Keating on Construction Contracts, the leading textbook in the field, is written and researched by current members of Chambers. We also publish several other leading textbooks: Keating on NEC, Keating on Offshore Construction and Marine Engineering and Keating on JCT Contracts. We also contribute to Chitty on Contracts and Halsbury’s Laws of England. Members of Chambers also give regular lectures and seminars and are regarded as thought leaders in our sectors.

We won The Lawyer’s Chambers of the Year in 2020. We have won Chambers & Partners Construction Set of the Year most years for the past 14 years (including in 2020) and we are consistently top-ranked by the directories both as a set and for individual members in construction, energy, international arbitration, professional negligence, procurement and planning.

Keating Chambers invites applications for pupillage starting in September 2022. All applications are to be made through the Pupillage Gateway from 11am on 4 January 2021.

All applications will be assessed on their merits in accordance with the selection criteria (available on the website from 8th January 2021).

Please see our website for further detailed information as to pupillage with us.


We offer up to three 12 month pupillages with an award for 2022 of up to £70,000.00. Of this, an advance of £25,000.00 is available in respect of BPTC fees (incurred or to be incurred).

First round interviews will be held in February/March 2021.

Second round interviews will be held March/April 2021

Note: offers made 7 May 2021 9am.

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. BC1: Please provide evidence of your ability to work in a team. In doing so, please evidence how you have met the definition of the criterion. (300 words)
  2. BC2: Please provide evidence of your use of written advocacy. In doing so, please evidence how you have met the definition in parts 1 and 2 of the criterion. (300 words)
  3. Please provide evidence of your use of oral advocacy. In doing so, please evidence how you have met the definition of the criterion.: (300 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.