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Pump Court Chambers - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Pump Court Chambers
Head of AETO:
Oba Nsugbe QC
Address of AETO:
Pump Court Chambers
3 Pump Court
Temple, London
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Common Law
Practice areas:
Family; Civil; Common Law; Crime
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Pro Bono
Western; South eastern; London
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Chambers operates from three centres, London, Winchester and Swindon. There are three practice teams: Family, Criminal and Civil. Family specialisms include public children law, private children law, Hague Convention/child abduction, and family finance. We also have a growing specialism in Court of Protection matters. Criminal specialisms include general crime, regulatory crime, disciplinary work and courts martial work (in this country and abroad), both prosecution and defence. Civil specialisms include personal injury, employment, inheritance and probate, inquiries, property and planning, business/commercial and judicial review. Individual specialisms include ecclesiastical law, Nigerian law and countryside law.

Historically a Western Circuit set, a significant amount of work is now undertaken on the South Eastern (including London) and other circuits. Members of all teams regularly appear in the High Court, Court of Protection, and the Court of Appeal.

There are over 100 members of Chambers at present (including 7 silks), about half of whom are based in London, and half in Winchester or Swindon. About 60% of our work is on Circuit, including most of the crime. Most of our Circuit work is in Hampshire (about an hour on the train from London) but we also travel to Dorset, Wiltshire and further afield. The London practitioners travel out on Circuit when their practice requires it. The spread of work in Chambers is approximately 50% family, 25% crime and 25% civil. The teams focus attention upon the main practice areas, arrange marketing, seminars etc. and facilitate the dissemination of new ideas or developments in the law to those in Chambers who are interested. Some members of Chambers practise almost exclusively in one or another area, whilst others have a more general practice. For the first three years of practice junior tenants belong to all three teams.

Pupillages are offered on a combination of academic merit and success at interview. If you are successful at the first interview you will be invited to a second interview. Offers will be made in accordance with the Pupillage Gateway timetable after the completion of the second interviews.

Pupillages are for 12 months, commencing in October, although adjustments may be made if necessary. We divide our pupillages into three seats, with a Family, Criminal and Civil pupil supervisor respectively. You will spend two months with each of your three pupil supervisors both in your non-practising and practising periods of pupillage. You may elect to be based in London or Winchester, though if you choose London you will spend one seat based in Winchester, and vice versa.

We encourage you to travel with your supervisors although not necessarily to every hearing, nor those at a great distance. We also encourage you to see other members of Chambers at work, particularly the junior tenants in order to familiarise yourself with the type of work you will be doing in the practising period of your pupillage. We aim to ensure that our pupillages are as varied and interesting as possible.
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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 wish to become a barrister? (200 words)
  2. Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? in your answer, please identify any relevant experience or skills that you believe may help you in your career (200 words)
  3. Please identify any additional experience / skills gained that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
  4. What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
  5. Give reasons for your choice of chambers (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.