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Henderson Chambers - 12 Months - September 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Henderson Chambers
Head of AETO:
Charles Gibson QC
Address of AETO:
2 Harcourt Buildings, Temple, London
AETO's website address:
Practice areas:
Product Liability; Health and Safety; Environment; Information Technology; Property and Land; Local Government; European Law; Commercial; Insurance; Clinical Negligence; Personal Injury; Professional Negligence; Employment; Procurement; Regulatory; Consumer Law; Finance; Banking and Consumer Credit
Specialist services:
European Law
South eastern; London
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
September 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Please visit our pupillage website

Highly recommended Henderson Chambers in London offers a commercially minded common law Pupillage that presses the fast forward button on court experience and turns out down-to-earth advocates with broad experience.

Henderson Chambers is a long-established, leading commercial chambers with acknowledged expertise in all of its principal areas of practice. Members and pupils are frequently involved in high-profile cases.

Henderson Chambers has unrivalled expertise in commercial claims, group actions, public inquiries, health & safety and product liability and is consistently rated as the leading set of chambers in these areas.

A team within Chambers successfully represented the Claimants in the Post Office Group Action, which alongside other leading commercial work led to the award of Barrister of the Year to Patrick Green QC in 2020. Patrick and a team in Chambers also appeared in the Miller 1 article 50 Brexit case in the Supreme Court.

Teams within Chambers are acting for both sides in the VW Emissions scandal litigation.

Members of Chambers are involved in group action work with a mass tort international element, often involving allegations of environmental damage or human rights breaches abroad. Most recently this has involved a dam collapse in Brazil, oil spills in Nigeria, mining in Zambia and post-election violence in Kenya.

Many of the parties before the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry are represented by members of Chambers, several of whom are also acting as Counsel to the Inquiry.

Recent high-profile commercial cases have included widely reported proceedings concerning the enforceability of ICSID arbitration awards against EU Member States, proceedings offshore relating to an alleged US$18 billion fraud against an Oil and Gas major, and actions in this jurisdiction and elsewhere concerning the recovery of losses sustained by a CISX-listed property investment fund.

We cover all aspects of health and safety litigation and advice, including prosecutions for corporate manslaughter and infringements of health and safety legislation, as well as health and safety policy, management and training.

Members are noted for their expertise in numerous other areas, including:, personal injury, property law (covering a range of property law from commercial and residential landlord and tenant to real property and property human rights claims), employment law (including wrongful dismissal and unfair dismissal claims; sex, race and disability discrimination claims; redundancy; transfer of undertakings and EC employment law), regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, public law and judicial review, as well as technology and construction. Several members of Chambers are Junior Counsel to the Crown on the Attorney General's Civil and Criminal Panels.

Pupillage applications

We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate all of the qualities necessary for success at the Bar. Not just a first-class intellect (whether through the traditional route of an outstanding higher education record or via proof of success in other professions, in business or in employment) but also the ability to communicate, to relate to others and to work as part of a team. Chambers assesses applications blind to biographical details and educational institutions at the initial sift and first round of interview stage. It also uses the RARE Contextual Recruitment System (CRS). It is a Supporter of the Charter for Black Talent.

Pupillage programme

Pupillages are for 12 months, usually with four different pupil supervisors for three months each. Pupils should expect to attend court regularly in their second sixes. A period of external training with a leading law firm in the Turks and Caicos Islands is also offered during the Second Six (all expenses paid).

When and how to apply

We are part of the Pupillage Gateway system and abide by its timetable. Queries about pupillage should be addressed to


We offer unassessed mini-pupillages. Applications can be made online via our Pupillage Website Social Mobility bursaries are available.


We usually offer up to two funded pupillages with minimum remuneration of £70,000. This consists of a guaranteed award of £70,000, plus any additional earnings during the second six. We are very happy for pupils to draw upon their pupillage award during the BPTC year. As such, up to £20,000 of the award may be drawn down at any time after the offer of pupillage is accepted.

We welcome applications for third six, funded on pro rata terms.

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. BC1: 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 (200 words)
  2. BC2: 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 (200 words)
  3. Please give an example of achievement outside of an academic or work environment. (200 words)
  4. Please choose a case arising in one or more of these areas: product liability, health and safety, employment law, property, IT, consumer credit, public law, professional discipline and public inquiries, reported in the last 3 years. Please set out why you disagree with the final determination of the case (i.e. final judgment on appeal) and why. (300 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.