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Francis Taylor Buildings - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Francis Taylor Building
Head of AETO:
Andrew Tait QC
Address of AETO:
Francis Taylor Building
Inner Temple
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Planning and Environmental Law
Practice areas:
Administrative; Civil; Civil Liberties; Energy and Natural Resources; Environment; European Law; Gypsy and Traveller Rights; Human Rights; Inquiries and Inquests; Judicial Review; Licensing; Local Government; Planning; Public Law; Road Transport; Education
Specialist services:
Adjudication; International Arbitration; Licensed Access; Pro Bono; Public Access Work; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration); Arbitration and Mediation
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:
2 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Francis Taylor Building is a thriving and successful set of Chambers with a growing membership and an active recruitment policy.
Members specialise principally in Planning, Environmental, National Infrastructure Projects, Administrative, Civil, Civil Liberties, Energy and Natural Resources, European Law, Gypsy and Traveller Rights, Inquiries and Inquests, Judicial Review, Licensing, Local Government, Public Law, Highways, Education and Ecclesiastical Law. Members of Chambers practice throughout the UK and internationally.
Pupillage at Francis Taylor Building is a challenging and rewarding process. Its purpose is to provide a period of intensive training to produce outstanding barristers equipped for a successful practice at the bar, and to provide Chambers with new tenants of the highest calibre.
Our pupils represent the future of Chambers, and we invest a great deal of time and resources to ensure that the training we provide is of the highest quality, that pupils are made to feel welcome, and that they are treated fairly.
We are committed to equality of opportunity.

Life in Chambers as a pupil
Pupils will work alongside their pupil supervisors and experience all aspects of their professional lives. The 12 month period is divided equally between three pupil supervisors. Our training programme ensures pupils obtain the competencies set out in the BSB Professional Statement, Threshold Standard and Competencies.
Pupils can expect to read their pupil supervisor’s instructions and papers, research relevant law, attempt their own draft pleadings and opinions for discussion, and accompany their pupil supervisor to court hearings, public inquiries, public examinations and conferences. After the completion of the first four months of pupillage, pupils are also expected to undertake written work for other members of Chambers as well as their pupil supervisor. In their second six months, pupils are also able and expected to accept instructions to undertake work of their own.

In addition to the two 12 month pupillages commencing October 2023, FTB is also offering one 12 month pupillage commencing October 2022. To apply online for the 2022 pupillage, please go to the other FTB advert on this Gateway. To apply for the 2023 pupillage, please click on the Apply Online link below.

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. (250 words)
  2. (250 words)
  3. Outline relevant mooting and any legal or non-legal debating, public speaking and advocacy experience (100 words)
  4. Present a written argument in support of one of the following propositions: A. The Green Belt should be abolished to release more land for housing. B. The environmental and social cost of HS2 is too high a price to pay for increased rail capacity. C. There is no need for planning control - landowners should be allowed to build what they want on the land that they own. D. Use of private cars should be banned in town centres. (400 words)
  5. Explain why you think that you will make a good advocate (100 words)
  6. Please explain how you know about our Chambers (This is to inform our own marketing team and will not form part of your assessment) (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.