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Fountain Court Chamber - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Fountain Court Chambers
Head of AETO:
Bankim Thanki QC
Address of AETO:
Fountain Court
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Aviation; Banking and Financial Services; Civil Fraud; Commercial; Energy; Employment; Insurance and Reinsurance; International Commercial Arbitration; Professional Discipline; Professional Negligence
Specialist services:
Arbitration; Mediation; Pro Bono; Adjudication; CLIPS; International and Domestic Adjudication; International Arbitration; Licensed Access
South eastern
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
Fountain Court Chambers is inviting applications for pupillage starting in October 2023 and will consider, in exceptional circumstances, applications for pupillage starting in October 2024.

3 or 4 pupillages are typically offered in each pupillage year. The current pupillage award is £75,000.

An assessed mini-pupillage is a compulsory element of any pupillage application to Fountain Court Chambers. Applications for pupillage from those who have not sat an assessed mini-pupillage will be treated as applications for both a pupillage and an assessed mini-pupillage. Applicants are encouraged to plan ahead and (where possible) to make their applications for a mini-pupillage at an earlier stage in their legal education.

For full details of the Fountain Court mini-pupillage scheme, and the application form for an assessed mini-pupillage, candidates are directed to the Fountain Court Chambers’ website.

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court is a leading commercial set of barristers' chambers in London and with an office in Singapore; with some 94 tenants, including 41 silks, specialising in commercial and other high quality civil work. We are seeking to recruit law and non-law graduates of the highest calibre for pupillage and eventually tenancy. We positively encourage applications from groups who are currently under-represented in Chambers such as women and those from a black or other ethnic minority background.

Areas of Practice
In addition to general commercial litigation, specific practice areas include:
* Banking & Financial Services
* Aviation
* Professional Negligence
* Insurance and Reinsurance
* Civil Fraud
* International Arbitration

There is a broad range of other work in chambers, including energy and natural resources, employment, public law (especially in a commercial context), company, insolvency, sports, telecommunications, professional discipline and regulatory work, and commercial crime. There is also a substantial amount of international work.

Fountain Court mentors and supports pupils by offering tailored training during pupillage. Pupillage is divided into four periods of three months. The first two months are unassessed, following which pupils will be asked to complete specific pieces of work for different members on ongoing cases. The work will be assessed, and both formal and informal feedback given. In addition to working on papers, a pupil can also expect to accompany his or her pupil supervisor to trials and appeals and, more frequently, to interlocutory hearings. Pupillage does not involve competitive advocacy exercises and pupils are encouraged to co-operate with each other, with a view to this supportive ethos being carried on through tenancy.

Skills sought
The criteria by which we select our pupils, and ultimately our tenants are:
* Academic and intellectual ability.
* Advocacy and communication skills, including: clarity of expression; ability to think and respond under pressure; and potential capacity as an advocate.
* Potential to be a successful self-employed practitioner at the Commercial Bar, including: interest and understanding in the type of work done by chambers; potential ability to work well with members of chambers, solicitors, clients, staff and other pupils; determination; resilience; and integrity.
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. 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. Please identify any additional experiences/skills gained that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
  3. 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)
  4. What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
  5. Have you completed a mini pupillage at Fountain Court Chambers, if so please provide further details (who you sat with, dates etc.)? (100 words)
  6. Have you previously applied for a pupillage at Fountain Court Chambers, and if so when? (100 words)
  7. 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.