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Cloisters - 12 Months - October 2021

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Head of AETO:
Jacques Algazy QC & Martyn McLeish
Address of AETO:
1 Pump Court
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Employment, Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury
Practice areas:
Commercial; Equality and Discrimination; Human Rights; Professional Discipline; Public Law; Sports law; Employment; Clinical Negligence; Personal Injury; Mediation and Arbitration; Administrative
Specialist services:
Arbitration and Mediation; Pro Bono; Public Access Work
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£50,000 - £59,999
Closing date:
8 February 2021 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
3 October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Cloisters is a highly-regarded and long-established set that advises on employment, discrimination & equality, personal injury, clinical negligence, commercial law, regulatory & public law, sport & entertainment with a reputation for delivering exceptional results.

Cloisters is renowned for its pioneering work as well as being down to earth and practical. We are a supportive and nurturing set where everyone is given the opportunity to thrive and become the best in their field.

We see our role as educating, supporting and developing our pupils in line with Cloisters’ values which focus on commitment to excellence and delivering exceptional results for the people at the heart of our work. We keep in mind the aims, philosophy and ethos of pupillage and its professional and educational values.

We particularly welcome applications from outstanding candidates of all backgrounds and academic disciplines. We are committed to improving access to the Bar for currently under-represented groups.

In this current application round we are, exceptionally, recruiting for two pupils to commence in October 2021 and two pupils to commence in October 2022. Candidates wishing to be considered for either or both intakes are advised to apply using the Pupillage Gateway form for their preferred year(s). There is an opportunity to state your further intake preferences within the Application Questions. There is no need to submit two applications, as all candidates for both intakes will be marked alongside each other.

For full details of how applications for pupillage at Cloisters are marked, please visit
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. Please tell us about any disadvantages you have faced in coming to the Bar. Examples might include: significant caring responsibilities; a disability; having spent time in care. You do not need to complete this section and you will not be penalised if you do not. However, answering this question will enable us to better set your achievements in context when marking your application. (1000 words)
  2. Please tell us about any mitigating circumstances you wish us to take into account when marking your application. Examples might include: a bereavement or illness at a crucial academic stage. Only complete this section if relevant to your circumstances. (1000 words)
  3. Are you seeking pupillage at Cloisters to commence (select only one): a. October 2021 only b. October 2022 only c. Either, with a preference for October 2021 d. Either, with a preference for October 2022 e. Either, with no preference (300 words)
  4. Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? In your answer, please identify any relevant experience or skills that you believe may help you in your career. In particular, if you have any relevant experience or skills which you have not addressed elsewhere in this form under the academic and work experience sections, please provide details here. There is an overall word limit for this section of 1,000 words but you should use no more than 300 words for any single example. (1000 words)
  5. 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. (300 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.