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Ten Old Square - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Ten Old Square
Head of AETO:
Francis Barlow QC
Address of AETO:
10 Old Square
Lincoln's Inn
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Chancery / Commercial Chancery
Practice areas:
Arbitration; Charities; Commercial and Chancery; Court of Protection; Partnership; Probate; Property; Landlord and Tenant; Tax; Trusts
Specialist services:
South eastern; London
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 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Who we are
We are a highly regarded set of chancery and commercial chancery chambers, based in London, with particular specialisms in private client, Court of Protection, partnership, property and commercial chancery work. Our size means that no one is lost in the crowd. We maintain a friendly and relaxed atmosphere while still producing a first-rate service for our clients. We have a very experienced clerks team who take an active role in ensuring that each member's practice is successful.

What we are looking for
We are looking for a potential tenant. Candidates should have a real enthusiasm for our areas of practice, be of proven high academic ability and possess excellent powers of analysis, reasoning and presentation.

The pupillage
The pupillage will last for twelve months and will equip our pupil with all the necessary skills for successful practice at the Chancery Bar. Chambers considers that pupillage should be a learning experience, not a twelve month interview or a competition between multiple pupils seeking a limited number of tenancies. Instead, we aim to recruit one pupil and one tenant a year. While no guarantees are given, the pupil is the principal candidate for the tenancy. The award is £60,000, Chambers will pay for your compulsory courses and all out of London travel and accommodation expenses will be met. Up to a quarter of the award can be drawn down in the year before pupillage.

The structure of pupillage
Pupillage is usually divided into four periods of three months and is structured so as to provide our pupil with experience of Chambers' core practice areas. Our pupil can therefore expect to sit with at least four members of Chambers during their time with us. Our current supervisors are recognized in the Legal Directories as leading juniors in their fields and aim to give our pupils a real insight into life at the Bar, as well as building on the educational foundation of Bar School and university. During the second six months, there will usually be opportunities for our pupil to undertake work of their own, sometimes on a pro bono basis, although the focus will remain on learning from their supervisors.

Our selection process
Chambers is a member of Pupillage Gateway. As we only take one pupil, we have quite a thorough selection process following on from the application. Full information about the process and our selection criteria can be found on our website. We are aware that it is a stressful time for candidates and we aim to make the selection process as relaxed and friendly as possible, with feedback available for those who attend for interview. Chambers welcomes applications from all interested candidates, whatever their status or background.
The selection and recruitment of pupils and tenants and the allocation of unassigned work within Chambers will be conducted openly and objectively, in accordance with the principles of equality and diversity, by individuals who have undergone approved equality and diversity training. Such processes will be monitored by Chambers' Equality and Diversity Officers.

Our pupils are usually considered for tenancy in June or July of their pupillage year. The pupil is not required to make a formal application. The decision as to whether to offer tenancy is made by all members of Chambers and is based on: the pupil's merits and performance throughout their pupillage, in comparison with the selection criteria (which mirror the criteria for pupillage and can be found in our application form); Chambers' resources; and Chambers' practice needs at the time.
In the last 15 years, all of our pupils have been offered, and have accepted, tenancy.
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. If it is not clear from the above, please set out what you are currently doing. (100 words)
  2. If available, please specify individual subjects studied as part of your degree (whether you studied law or not) and GDL (if applicable) with dates and grades, e.g. "Tort 20xx: 67%" (300 words)
  3. Have you ever been convicted of any criminal offence or are there any proceedings pending against you anywhere in respect of any criminal offence? If so, please give details and any mitigating circumstances you would like to draw to our attention. Please note that, for this purpose a "criminal offence" means any offence, wherever and whenever committed, under the criminal law of any jurisdiction except: (i) an offence for which liability is capable of being discharged by payment of a fixed penalty; and (ii) an offence which has as its main ingredient the unlawful parking of a vehicle. Any conviction which is spent within the meaning of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 is nevertheless required to be disclosed unless it is protected under the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. (400 words)
  4. When marking your application, we would like to take into account the context in which your A-level grades were achieved. Please fill in the form at where you will be asked for information about a number of indicators. We encourage all applicants to fill in this form. You will not be penalised if none of the indicators applies to you or if you choose not to complete the form. (100 words)
  5. Chambers’ selection criteria are as follows: a) Genuine interest in Chambers’ fields of practice; b) Academic ability; c) Analysis and reasoning; d) Knowledge and understanding of the law; e) Written communication skills; f) Oral communication skills; g) Ability to relate to lay and professional clients; h) Resilience, perseverance and a drive to succeed at the Bar. Please demonstrate how you meet our selection criteria. (1000 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.