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Guildhall Chambers - Crime - 12 months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Guildhall Chambers
Head of AETO:
Anna Vigars QC
Address of AETO:
23 Broad Street
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Employment and Industrial Relations; Administrative; Public Law; Clinical Negligence; Commercial; Costs; Employment; Equality and Discrimination; Personal Injury; Property and Land; Professional Regulation; Sports law; Crime; Court of Protection; Insolvency and Restructuring; Regulatory
Specialist services:
Mediation; Public Access Work; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration)
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
8 February 2021 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Guildhall Chambers is one of the UK’s leading barrister sets. We have adopted a specialist team approach and feel that this best meets the needs of our clients and leads to better service provision. Pupillage is, therefore, undertaken within the structure of a specialist team or teams.

This pupillage will be within the Crime team at Guildhall which is recognised for its excellence both locally and nationally. The team has a mix of barristers ranging from junior members who have recently completed their pupillage to very experienced ‘senior juniors’ and QCs. In their first six months, a pupil can expect to see all areas of criminal defence and prosecution work from murder, serious sexual allegations, slavery, complex drugs conspiracies, and serious fraud, to road traffic cases. In the second six months, the pupil will undertake their own cases at the junior end. Some members of the team also undertake regulatory and professional discipline work and there may be an opportunity to become involved in these areas.

Pupils' progress is monitored closely by the supervisor and the heads of Pupillage and feedback is given regularly. Pupils are encouraged to spend time with, and do work for, as wide a number of members of the team as possible in order to gain maximum experience of different styles of work and levels of seniority. Each pupil has, as well as a supervisor, a mentor who is another member of the team to whom he or she can turn in confidence if necessary. It is of great importance to Chambers that each pupil feels properly supported during what can be an exciting but challenging year and we do all that we can to ensure this.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate intellectual ability, excellent communication/advocacy skills, and an ability to work under pressure as well as flexibility of thinking, sound judgement and good interpersonal skills. It is also desirable for candidates to be able to demonstrate an interest in and commitment to specialist practice within the Crime team.

Our selection process aims to be rigorous and fair, and to comply with the Bar Standards Board Pupillage Handbook and the Fair Recruitment Guide. We select pupils on ability and potential alone, without regard to disability, gender, race, age, and sexual orientation or political affiliation.

Financial level of support: £22,500 grant and £15,000 guaranteed earnings. £7500 can be drawn down in the vocational training year.

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. (GC1 - Crime) - Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? In your answer, please identify any relevant experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career. (100 words)
  2. (GC2 - Crime) - Why do you want to join our chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice. (100 words)
  3. (GC3 - Crime) - Please give reasons why you are interested in practising in Criminal law:- (100 words)
  4. (GC4 - Crime) - Please identify a recent case or development relevant to the field of Criminal law which has interested you and explain why you find it interesting:- (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.