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Quadrant Chambers - 12 Months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Quadrant Chambers
Head of AETO:
Simon Croall QC
Address of AETO:
10 Fleet Street
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Shipping; Aviation; Banking and Consumer Credit; Finance; Energy; Insurance; Insolvency and Restructuring; Shipbuilding; Chancery; Sports law; Media Law and Defamation; Commercial
Specialist services:
Arbitration; Mediation; Public Access Work
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:
3 October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
A pupillage at Quadrant Chambers will help you develop the skills, knowledge and sound judgement you need to succeed as a commercial barrister. We offer up to three fully-funded, 12 month pupillages every year. Each pupillage carries an award of £65,000.

We recognise the difficulties that candidates will have faced this year, especially in terms of undertaking mini-pupillages and mooting experience. This will be taken into account during the selection process.

What we're looking for

We award pupillages to candidates who we believe will thrive in the intellectually demanding and competitive world of the Commercial Bar.

A Quadrant barrister possesses excellent analytical abilities; outstanding communication skills, both written and oral; the ability to perform under pressure and, perhaps most importantly, ambition and drive to succeed.
We measure these qualities via assessment of your academic records, extra-curricular activities and mooting performance. Shortlisted candidates will also be invited to interview.

Who can apply

Successful candidates have excellent academic records, with most having or predicted a first class degree. You need at least a high upper second degree to apply for pupillage.

Many of our applicants read law for their first degree, and an increasing number also have postgraduate law degrees. These are by no means pre-requisites and we welcome applications from candidates who have studied any serious academic subject at university. Our application process is designed to create a level playing field for law and non-law graduates alike.

What you will do

A pupil supervisor will oversee your training, monitor your work and answer any queries you may have during pupillage.

You are assigned three successive supervisors over the course of the pupillage: the first two for three months and the third for six months. We aim to place you with barristers with a range of practices so you can experience a wide variety of work.

We run a series of introductory lectures during the first few weeks of your pupillage on key areas of law and practice.

You can then expect to spend time drafting opinions, pleadings and skeleton arguments, assisting with legal research tasks and producing a monthly digest of important cases.

Pupils also have the opportunity to shadow their pupil supervisor at hearings and conferences.

How we assess your performance

As part of your training, you must complete a series of advocacy exercises and written assignments.

Your pupil supervisor also provides informal feedback on individual pieces of work so that you can measure your general progress. Additional practice and training exercises can be arranged if necessary.

Formal feedback is given at the end of each placement and tenancy decisions are made around the end of June. We award tenancy based principally on the views of the pupil supervisors and the pupil's performance in assessed tasks.

There is no pre-imposed limit to the number of pupils who are offered tenancy each year; we solely look at whether you meet the required standard.

Funding for pupillages

The award of £65,000 may be advanced during the BPTC year at the pupillage committee's discretion. Quadrant Chambers pays for any compulsory course that pupils are required to undertake.
The Inns of Court all offer scholarships to help students fund their GDL and BPTC years. Details can be found at the following websites:

The Process

(Due to the special circumstances due to Covid-19, this may be subject to change - please refer to our website

Quadrant Chambers has a three stage application process:

Stage One: Application via the Pupillage Gateway

Applicants should use the Pupillage Gateway online portal to submit their written application. We look for candidates with a very strong academic background, excellent communication skills, and the commitment and energy to succeed in the competitive world of the Commercial Bar.

To ensure fairness, each candidate written application is marked blind. We also use the RARE contextualising system which examines results at A-level and gives each candidate a “performance index” based on their results compared to their cohort at their school that year. We use this to identify those candidates who may have significantly outperformed their colleagues and environment.

Stage Two: Test Set

Candidates who successfully pass Stage One are asked to complete a Test Set of papers and return them to Chambers to be marked. This will enable us to assess how well applicants can marshal arguments and express themselves clearly and concisely. To ensure fairness, each candidate answer is marked blind by two Members of Chambers.

Stage Three: Short List Interview

The candidates who produce the best test set are invited to an interview with a panel of Members of Chambers. The aim of the interview is to further test candidates’ intellectual ability, analytical skills, judgment, and their ability to think and express themselves clearly and persuasively under pressure. If and as necessary, the interviews will be conducted by video.

Important Information

The Pupillage Gateway will open for applications at 11am on Monday 4th January 2021.
The deadline to apply is 11am on Monday 8th February 2021.
The invitations to complete the written test set will be sent during the week commencing 1st March 2021 with test sets to be returned within 10 days.
Short-list interviews will be held during the week commencing 5th April 2021.
Offers will be made via the Gateway on Friday 7th May 2021.

Equal Opportunities

Quadrant Chambers is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and this is reflected in our pupillage selection procedures. We use the RARE contextualising system which examines results at A-level and gives each candidate a “performance index” based on their results compared to their cohort at their school that year. We use this to identify those candidates who may have significantly outperformed their colleagues and environment.
Quadrant Chambers complies with all equal-opportunities legislation and keeps its procedures under review at all times.

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. Why do you think you will be a successful commercial barrister? What are the relevant skills, and why do you think you possess them? (250 words)
  2. What are your strengths and weaknesses as an advocate or communicator? (200 words)
  3. Tell us about a time when you failed to meet your, or someone else’s, expectations. How did you respond? What do you do differently now as a result? (250 words)
  4. Identify a change you would make to English law (constitutional, civil, or criminal) and explain why? (250 words)
  5. Why should we choose you? (40 Words) (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.