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New Square Chambers - 12 months - October 2021

AETO information
Name of AETO:
New Square Chambers
Head of AETO:
Nicholas Le Poidevin QC
Address of AETO:
12 New Square
Lincoln's Inn
AETO's website address:
Practice areas:
Commercial; Insolvency and Restructuring; Trusts; Property; Civil Fraud; Company
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Adjudication; CLIPS; Arbitration; Licensed Access; Mediation; Pro Bono
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:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
If you are interested in business and property law, be it trusts, wills, commercial disputes, civil fraud, company and partnership, insolvency or real property, and want to undertake pupillage at one of the leading commercial chancery sets, then New Square Chambers might be the set for you. Many of our members, across the breadth of seniority in Chambers, are ranked as leaders in their particular specialist fields, and appear in significant cases both in England and Wales, and offshore jurisdictions.

Pupillage at New Square Chambers is an intense, but rewarding and mentally stimulating experience. We aim to provide you with the skills and experience that you will need to build a fantastic career. You will be supported throughout your pupillage, both by virtue of our “open door” policy and through pastoral support from the pupillage team.

At New Square Chambers, we are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion at the Bar through recruitment. We run a number of initiatives specifically targeted to prospective pupillage applicants, including our Social Mobility Mini-Pupillage and our Gateway to the Chancery Bar seminar programme. We strongly encourage applications from female, BAME, disabled and socially mobile candidates.

Pupillage Structure

We offer one 12-month pupillage, terminable after six months by either Chambers or our pupil, which carries an award of £65,000. Pupils undertake four “seats” of three months, each with a different pupil supervisor, in order to experience the full range of Chambers’ work. However, pupils will also be exposed to the practices of other members of Chambers, and are encouraged to undertake work for a number of other members of Chambers.

What we look for in applicants

We assess pupillage applicants in accordance with the criteria which we consider are necessary or desirable for pupils and prospective tenants to have, including but not limited to:

(a) Intellectual achievement:
We would generally expect candidates to have a 2:1 or above at undergraduate degree level and a "Very Competent” on the BTPC (or equivalent). However, we welcome applications from candidates who have an atypical educational background, and encourage them to demonstrate other exceptional personal achievement and motivation when applying. We, of course, take into account relevant extenuating circumstances.

(b) Oral advocacy skills;

(c) Written advocacy skills;

(d) Good communication skills, orally and in writing;

(e) Analytical ability;

(f) Interpersonal skills;

(g) A commitment to the Bar;

(h) A commitment to or interest in one or more of Chambers’ practice areas;

(i) Focus and drive;

(j) An ability to deal with conflict, stressful and difficult situations; and

(k) An ability to work independently.
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. What, in your view, are the three most important skills for a barrister to have? Please explain why you have them. (200 words)
  2. What does diversity and inclusion mean to you, and why do you think it is important at the Bar? (250 words)
  3. Should the state financially support private companies? (500 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.