The 36 Group is a leading set of Chambers with over 150 barristers, including 20 Queens Counsel and many judicial appointees, arbitrators and authors of academic texts. We pride ourselves on excellence throughout Chambers. Based in London, our work is geographically widespread both domestically and globally, including many international clients. The 36 Group is an international multi-specialist set, with barristers appearing before all levels of court.
We operate as five distinct Practice Groups under the umbrella of a shared management structure, shared constitution and policies, shared premises, and a shared ethos. Each of the Practice Groups has its own Head of Team, Practice Manager and clerks. All of our pupillages are specialist pupillages in one of the five Practice Groups. Our comprehensive Pupillage Manual governs the pupillage process from recruitment of pupils to tenancy and reflects our commitment as Chambers to the fair recruitment of pupils and to ensuring that our pupils receive the best training and support.
Throughout pupillage, in addition to Pupil Supervisors, pupils will have the support of a Pupillage Officer and Head of Team for their Practice Group, and a ‘Chambers Buddy’ who is not part of the tenancy recruitment process. Pupils are encouraged to meet other members of chambers and to engage in networking and social events, and to become part of the life of Chambers.
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36 Stone invites applications for a 12-month pupillage, to commence in October 2023. The pupillage award is £70,000.
36 Stone is a practice group within The 36 Group. 36 Stone comprises 22 barristers, including 3 Queens Counsel. 36 Stone also has Associate Members practising both in London and in other jurisdictions, namely Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mauritius and Brunei. Several barristers are registered practitioners in both London and the DIFC in Dubai. The core work undertaken by 36 Stone is Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration, with a particular emphasis on areas of law relating to Shipping & Commodities, International Trade, and Energy disputes. Members of 36 Stone are recommended in the leading directories such as Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. Several members also act as arbitrators in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.
Chambers operates from impressive, well-equipped, modern premises at 4 Field Court in Gray’s Inn, reflecting our forward-looking approach and facilitating the ongoing development of our work.
We aim to make our pupillage application process as rigorous and fair as possible, and to encourage the widest possible diversity of exceptional applicants, including those currently based overseas. Applications are welcome from all highly talented candidates regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, health, neurodiversity, family / financial or other personal circumstances.
We regard our pupils and our junior tenants as our future and we seek to invest our time and resources to ensure they develop as fully as possible. Pupils are recruited with a view to offering tenancy at the end of the 12 months, if they satisfy our criteria. We have an excellent record of our pupils becoming tenants with us and we want to recruit a pupil who is committed to practising in the 36 Stone key areas of work.
Our pupillage is designed to ensure appropriate exposure to all aspects of drafting, advisory work and advocacy in our specialist areas. A structured training programme is provided for pupils, which includes written and oral advocacy training. Pupils are given regular, detailed written feedback on pieces of work for their Pupil Supervisors and others.
During pupillage a pupil will sit with at least two (normally three) pupil supervisors from the Stone team and will be introduced to Shipping, International Trade and International Arbitration. They will attend court and arbitrations and work on papers.
We will hold two rounds of interviews for shortlisted applicants on consecutive weekends in spring 2022. The dates will be published on our website pupillage page https://36group.co.uk/pupillage.
In the event that candidates for pupillage are invited to interview, they will be written to no later than 7 March 2022.
Any applicant who would be assisted by an adjustment to the process by reason of disability, neurodivergence, health, or other personal circumstances may contact the Head of Pupillage to discuss their particular needs and any appropriate adjustments will be made. This would not form part of the assessment of the applicant.
Applicants will be assessed by reference to the following criteria:
Written communication / advocacy
Oral communication / advocacy
Resilience / working under pressure / courage and perseverance
Commitment to the Bar and to a commercial law practice
The assessment will be based partly on the application form and partly on the interviews.
The questions that candidates will be asked to address on their application forms are:
1. Written Advocacy: English law should adopt a free-standing principle of good faith in commercial dealings. Do you agree? (500 words or less).
2. Commitment: Why do you want to practise at the commercial Bar? In particular, why do you want to practise shipping law, international arbitration and/or commodities work? (200 words or less).
3. Interpersonal Skills: Describe a challenging encounter you have had with another person or people. What was the situation, what did you do to engage with them and what was the outcome? (200 words or less).
4. Resilience/Working Under Pressure/Courage: Please give an example of a time when you had to carry out a difficult task under pressure. What did you want to achieve, what did you do and what was the outcome? (200 words or less).
5. Overcoming Adversity: Can you give an example of a time when you overcame a particular adversity? This could be of any form whatsoever. What was the adversity, how did you approach it, what was the outcome?
Anyone offered a pupillage at 36 Stone will receive a pupillage award of £70,000. Chambers may (at its discretion) advance up to £10,000 of the financial award during the year prior to pupillage commencing. If £10,000 is drawn down in the year preceding pupillage, the remaining £60,000 of the financial award will be evenly distributed to the pupil during the 12 months of pupillage. The award includes an allowance for travel expenses, which pupils are expected to meet from the award.
The Head of 36 Stone is Charles Debattista and the Director of Clerking is Paul Martenstyn. Francis Hornyold-Strickland is the Pupillage Officer.
Further information about 36 Stone can be found here