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Walnut House - 12 months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Walnut House, The Chambers of Adrian Chaplin
Head of AETO:
Adrian Chaplin
Address of AETO:
Walnut House - The Chambers of Simon Laws Q.C.
63 St David's Hill
AETO's website address:
Practice areas:
Civil; Test Crime; Crime; Family
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Pro Bono
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
3 October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Walnut House in Exeter, Devon is offering up to two 12 month pupillages to commence in October 2022. All pupillages are offered with a view to tenancy and pupils and junior tenants are expected to undertake work across all three practice areas of Civil, Crime and Family.

The first six months of pupillage will involve the successful applicant(s) spending two-month rotations with each of the Civil, Crime and Family Teams shadowing members of chambers at different levels of seniority. The second six will involve the successful applicant undertaking their own court work in courts throughout the Western Circuit and across chambers’ practice areas.

Our selection process aims to identify pupils who have the potential to be members of chambers in due course by reference to the following criteria:
o Academic Achievements – A good record of achievement in formally assessed qualifications with a weight towards legal academic achievements at tertiary level and above. We expect candidates to have achieved or be predicted to achieve a Very Competent on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), although we will take into account exceptional circumstances. Offers of pupillage made before completion of the BPTC will be conditional upon achieving an overall final grade of Very Competent, although again we will take into account exceptional circumstances.
o Influencing/Advocacy Skills – Demonstrated by experience of mooting, legal work experience, or other evidence showing ability in this area.
o Effective written communication skills – Demonstrated by a well written and well structured application, with evidence of analytical thinking.
o Motivation and determination – Based on relevant work experience and the reasons for seeking to become a barrister and to practice at Walnut House.
We offer a pupillage award of £25,000 made up of a £12,500 grant for the first six and £12,500 guaranteed earnings for the second six, payable in monthly instalments. Pupils are not expected to pay any chambers contributions on their second six earnings.

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. Why have you applied for pupillage at Walnut House? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice (100 words)
  3. Which piece of legislation would you change and why? (250 words)
  4. Tell us about a time that you have persuaded somebody to your point of view. (150 words)
  5. What is the greatest challenge you have faced so far? (100 words)
  6. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here. (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.

There will be two rounds of interviews with at least one of those involving an advocacy exercise, such as a plea in mitigation, which will be given to candidates on the day.

Chambers will then review the performance of all candidates at interview and, if appropriate, make an offer of pupillage.

Chambers’ selection and recruitment policies are implemented in a manner that is fair, based on merit and non-discriminatory. Chambers invites applications from all sections of society. Such factors as age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation shall not be considered at any stage of the selection and recruitment process.

Chambers is committed to equality and diversity. As such all applicants are encouraged to fill in the equal opportunities monitoring form provided on the website and to submit it with their applications. Any forms submitted will be used for monitoring purposes only and will not be seen by the selection panel.