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South Square - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
South Square
Head of AETO:
David Alexander QC and Mark Arnold QC
Address of AETO:
3-4 South Square
Gray's Inn
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Restructuring and Insolvency
Practice areas:
Insolvency and Restructuring; Banking and Finance Litigation; Commercial Litigation and Arbitration; Sports law; Company; Insurance; Offshore; Civil Fraud; Trusts; Property
Specialist services:
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
What we offer.

Pupils are welcomed into all areas of chambers' life and are provided with a structured programme designed to train and equip them for a successful practice in a dynamic and challenging environment. During pupillage, we aim to achieve a balance between training and assessment. Pupils sit with a number of supervisors for periods of six to eight weeks to experience a range of practices and work. We believe it’s important for pupils to see a variety of hearings and trials with different barristers, so they can apply this to their own practice and in developing their own style of advocacy.

Pupillage is not run as a competition between pupils, and chambers' approach is to recruit all pupils as tenants who meet the required standard.

Funding and benefits.

Pupils receive awards of £75,000 per annum (reviewed annually). £20,000 of the pupillage award may be paid in advance for living expenses during the BPTC.

As a junior tenant you would receive a number of benefits including: subsidised travel and conference fees; no rental charge during your first 15 months of tenancy and no receipts charge for the first 6 months; subsidised membership of key professional associations for the first 2 years; and assistance and training in financial planning and business development.
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. Please provide any additional information you consider to be relevant to your application and 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.
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