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42 Bedford Row - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
42 Bedford Row
Head of AETO:
Miss Tina Cook QC and Mr Richard Furniss
Address of AETO:
42 Bedford Row
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Clinical Negligence; Personal Injury; Family; Property and Land; Commercial; Employment
Specialist services:
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£40,000 - £49,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
42 Bedford Row is a leading common law set, now with over 100 members. Our teams and members feature strongly in the main legal directories; Legal 500 rank our Family, Employment and Social Housing Teams and 27 individual barristers including in personal injury and clinical negligence. Chambers and Partners rank the Family and Employment teams and 22 individual barristers, again including rankings in personal injury and clinical negligence. Past members include Rose LJ, Janet Smith LJ, Leveson LJ, David Clarke J, Caroline Swift J, King J and Stephen Stewart J.

Our pupils benefit from the experience of a broad spectrum of work, which includes:
• Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury
• Family
• Contract / Commercial disputes
• Employment
• Professional Negligence
• Property-related matters including Landlord and Tenant.
• Public law and local government

What we are looking for
Members of Chambers are instructed by a diverse range of solicitors on behalf of private clients, insurance companies, local government and other public authorities, as well as directly by clients themselves. We seek exceptional candidates who can demonstrate a high level of self-motivation and intellectual ability, coupled with the social skills to communicate with, and on behalf of, a wide range of clients.

Chambers will recruit one or two twelve-month pupils. Each pupil will be allocated to at least 3 different pupil supervisors during the course of his/her twelve months, to ensure that they experience as broad a range of our work as practicable. Pupil supervisors ensure that a proper work/life balance is achieved. In their second six months of pupillage, pupils can expect to be in court regularly, dealing with their own cases.

Fee income derived in the second six months of pupillage is additional to the pupillage award, which pupils receive monthly. Pupils who start with us in October 2023 will received an award of £29,000 and in addition we will guarantee earnings (NB. not receipts) in the second six months of £25,000.

At 42 Bedford Row we have an excellent record of recruiting tenants from our own pupils; we believe in investing in our pupils and offering tenancy to all those who demonstrate that they have the skills required to become effective and successful members of chambers. We operate an Equality and Diversity policy that is adhered to during the pupillage selection process and throughout pupillage itself.

Application details
Applicants should have a strong academic background, usually evidenced by at least an upper second class degree (or at the application stage a reasonable expectation of reaching this standard).
Applicants must apply through the Pupillage Gateway. The point of contact is Chambers' Pupillage Secretary. Please refer any queries (by email only please) to and we will endeavour to respond as promptly as we can.
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. Which skills and characteristics are the hallmarks of a good advocate? (200 words)
  4. What is the greatest challenge you have faced so far? (200 words)
  5. How would your friends describe you? (200 words)
  6. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.