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7 King's Bench Walk - 12 months - September 2024 (deferred)

AETO information
Name of AETO:
7 King's Bench Walk
Head of AETO:
Gavin Kealey QC
Address of AETO:
7 King's Bench Walk
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Insurance and Reinsurance; Shipping; Professional Negligence; Civil Fraud; International Trade; Energy; Shipbuilding; Banking and Financial Services; Product Liability; Aviation; Construction and Engineering; Commercial Dispute Resolution
Specialist services:
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:
17 September 2024
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
What we do

7 King’s Bench Walk is a specialist commercial set with a reputation for the depth of its expertise and intellectual rigour. We distinguish ourselves by our supportive and inclusive atmosphere, as well as by the consistent excellence of our tenants, from the most distinguished silks to the newest juniors.

The vast majority of our work is in the commercial and appellate courts and in commercial arbitrations in London, although members also appear regularly in other courts and jurisdictions. The general character of Chambers’ work is of an international flavour, representing clients from across the world.

Areas of work

All members of Chambers specialise in commercial law. In practice, commercial law covers everything from small-scale contractual disputes to complex multi-jurisdictional disputes in areas such as international trade, energy, insurance, professional negligence, banking, financial services, fraud, commodities, shipping and aviation.

What we are looking for

In assessing candidates for pupillage, we are looking for individuals with the potential to become highly successful commercial barristers. We place particular emphasis on intellectual ability (which will generally be reflected in first-class academic achievement), analytical ability, and advocacy. We do not typically interview candidates who do not have a first or a good upper second-class degree or equivalent.

7 King’s Bench Walk recognises the vital importance of improving diversity at the Bar and ensuring it is accessible to, and inclusive of, the society it serves. We are committed to the fair recruitment of the best candidates from the widest possible pool of talent. We welcome applications from talented and ambitious candidates, regardless of background, and assess all applicants against the same objective and fair criteria, details of which can be found on our website. We recognise that women, members of ethnic minorities, LGBT+ and those with disabilities are under-represented at the Commercial Bar, including within 7 King’s Bench Walk. We particularly welcome applications from candidates within such groups.

As part of our commitment to the promotion of equality and diversity, we use background information, obtained and analysed through the Rare Contextual Recruitment system, in our assessment process. This enables us to take account of the background and circumstances of each candidate in considering the extent to which that candidate fulfils the criteria for selection.

You will receive the best possible training

7KBW places particular emphasis during pupillage on training pupils to become effective commercial barristers. To this end, the work of a pupil is diverse. A significant component will be helping in the preparation of trials and applications and attending Court and arbitrations with your pupil supervisor. You will have the opportunity to see the preparation, in which you will have played a part, put into practice, as well as to observe live advocacy. Your work as a pupil will also include drafting statements of case, researching the law, writing opinions and attending conferences, where advice is given and cases are discussed with solicitors, clients and expert witnesses. These are all skills a barrister at 7KBW can expect to use throughout his or her practice, so Chambers takes care to ensure that pupils have the opportunity to develop them during pupillage, with regular feedback on and discussions of their own work and exposure to the work of established members of Chambers.

The year

A pupil can expect to sit with 4 different pupil supervisors in the course of the year, providing the opportunity to see a range of work and approaches. Each pupil supervisor is there to help you to learn and to produce your best work whilst in Chambers, through ongoing supervision and feedback. It is also important that pupils do work for members of Chambers other than their supervisors, so that an informed decision can be made about tenancy. However, your pupil supervisor acts as a gateway, to ensure that demands on you are kept within reasonable bounds and you are not asked to do work without sufficient time to do it properly. We also have active pastoral support for pupils, which remains entirely separate from the assessment process. Chambers wants pupils to succeed and pupillage is approached with that goal.

We want you to succeed

You will be judged only on ability and your potential as a commercial barrister. We do not set quotas for new tenants each year and there is no competition among pupils for a predetermined number of tenancies. Our aim is for as many of our pupils as possible to succeed and to join Chambers as junior tenants.

Pupillage Award

£70,000, option to draw down up to £25,000.
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. Describe an occasion on which you have dealt with complex information and developed a persuasive argument. (100 words)
  4. How do you work differently in a team from when you are working alone? (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.


As soon as possible after you have submitted your online application, please arrange for two referees each to send a reference directly to Chambers. We prefer references, where possible, to be academic and/or professional. The referees should have regard to our selection criteria, which can be found on our website:

The references should be sent to Chambers (headed “Pupillage Applications”) via email to, or by mail to 7 King’s Bench Walk, Temple, London EC4Y 7DS, and marked for the attention of Elizabeth Lindesay.

We would be grateful to receive references as soon as possible and in any event by 4pm on 21st February 2022. It is your responsibility to arrange for references to be sent to us: we will not chase your referees.

The Rare Contextual Recruitment System:

To assist in the assessment process, 7KBW also uses contextual information provided by candidates through a questionnaire that they are asked to complete on submitting their applications. This enables us to take into account a candidate’s background and circumstances, where relevant, in the assessment of that candidate against the criteria set out below. To this end, as soon as possible after you have submitted your application, please visit and complete the online questionnaire.