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4 Pump Court - 12 Month - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
4 Pump Court
Head of AETO:
Nick Vineall QC and Sean Brannigan QC
Address of AETO:
4 Pump Court
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Commercial Disputes
Practice areas:
Banking and Financial Services; Commercial Dispute Resolution; Construction and Engineering; Energy; Financial Services and Regulation; Insurance; International Commercial Arbitration; Professional Negligence; Shipping; Technology; Telecommunications
Specialist services:
Arbitration; International and Domestic Adjudication; Public Access Work; Pro Bono; Mediation; Adjudication; International Arbitration; Licensed Access
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:
October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
4 Pump Court is a leading commercial set with ten core practice areas: Banking & Finance, Commercial disputes (including civil fraud), Construction, Energy, Financial Services, Insurance, International Arbitration, Professional Negligence, Shipping & Technology. We have a particular strength in Tech, Telecoms and IP disputes and are the only top tier set in this area in both of the leading directories. We recognise that when you arrive at 4 Pump Court as a pupil you may not have fixed ideas about the areas of law which most interest you. Accordingly we aim to give you an opportunity to experience as many of Chambers’ key practice areas as possible.

Pupillage at 4 Pump Court involves working with three pupil supervisors: the first two for 3 month periods and the third for the final six months. All our pupil supervisors are friendly and approachable, and we aim to give our pupils a rounded experience of Chambers’ key practice areas. The first six months will involve training from your pupil supervisors in the work of a commercial barrister. You will accompany your supervisor to Court and conferences with clients and produce written work which your supervisor will review in order to offer you feedback.

In the second six months you will spend a significant proportion of your time in the County Courts. You will quickly gain valuable experience of arguing cases in front of District Judges and Circuit Judges in a variety of matters, such as sale of goods and insurance disputes. You continue to work with your pupil supervisors in the second six months, but at the same time you develop your own varied advocacy and advisory practice. Our pupils receive substantial second six earnings from carrying out their own court work. We believe that these second six earnings typically exceed those at other top commercial sets.

During pupillage there are four formal assessments- two pieces of written work and two advocacy exercises, each assessed by members of Chambers other than the pupil supervisors. You will receive detailed feedback at each stage to ensure that you are able to develop your talents and gain a real-life understanding of the skills required of a commercial barrister.
How to apply
Please apply using our application form only. The form will be made available on the pupillage section of our website once applications open on 5th January 2022 at 11am. All completed forms should be submitted by email to, marked for the attention of Ms. Sarah Lenihan, before the application deadline closes on 9th February 2022 at 2pm.