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Brick Court Chambers - 12 Months - September 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Brick Court Chambers
Head of AETO:
Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC
Address of AETO:
7-8 Essex Street
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Commercial; European Law; Competition; Public Law; Human Rights
Specialist services:
Mediation; Arbitration; CLIPS; Pro Bono
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:
September 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Brick Court Chambers has long been a leading commercial set of Chambers. We also have particular expertise in EU/competition law and in the fields of public law and human rights law. There are 100 tenants including 46 QCs. In all our practice areas members of Chambers are regularly involved in the notable cases of the day.

We regard it as important to provide a broad training to our pupils and take considerable care in relation to the training provided. For example, advocacy exercises under the supervision of senior members of Chambers are an integral part of pupillage at Brick Court. Some pupils will wish to develop a commercial practice based primarily in the Commercial Court involving banking, reinsurance and international sale of goods, or a wider range of commercial work involving professional negligence, company law, private and public international law, takeovers and mergers, media and entertainment or sports law. Others will prefer to specialise in EU or competition law or in public law and human rights. An increasing number of our tenants have practices which traverse more than one of these fields. Whatever type of practice our pupils ultimately would wish to develop, our view is that a broad range of experience across Chambers practice areas is helpful and so too much specialisation at the pupillage stage is discouraged. Further information about pupillage can be found on our website

All twelve month pupillages carry an award of at least £75,000 with £50,000 payable for the first six months (non-practising) and £25,000 payable for the second six months (practising ). Up to £25,000 of the award may be drawn down during the year prior to pupillage (subject to Chambers approval). Chambers also pays for all compulsory courses during pupillage, and for all pupils to accompany their pupil supervisor to a hearing before the European Courts if the opportunity arises. We also provide pupils with a laptop for use during pupillage.

Brick Court Chambers is a committed advocate of equality and diversity at the Bar. It is our unequivocal policy to treat everyone equally and fairly regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, identity or expression, marital or civil partnership status, political persuasion, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or gender, sexual orientation or social background. Chambers consider it important that family and professional life should be compatible, and we have an excellent track record of both male and female tenants remaining with us throughout their working life. We are particularly proud of the fact that all female tenants with children (of whom there are currently 15) have continued in practice at Brick Court. Chambers' equality and diversity policies can be found on our website together with information about some of the social responsibility initiatives we support.

Application details - see website for full details of the application process and what to expect in pupillage.

Candidates are generally expected to demonstrate outstanding intellectual ability: although not necessarily in law.

Mini-pupillages are an important and compulsory part of our pupillage selection procedure. We do not expect to select pupils merely on interview, nor do we expect you to make your choice on such a limited basis. We encourage candidates to apply for a mini-pupillage once they have commenced the final year of a qualifying law degree or started the GDL if studying law as a postgraduate. THE MINI-PUPILLAGE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THOSE INTENDING TO APPLY FOR PUPILLAGE VIA PUPILLAGE GATEWAY FOR PUPILLAGES COMMENCING 2023 IS 10 JANUARY 2022. CANDIDATES ARE NOT, HOWEVER, REQUIRED TO HAVE COMPLETED AN ASSESSED MINI-PUPILLAGE BY THAT DATE. All mini-pupillages are currently being conducted remotely. Mini-pupils will be put in contact with their mini-pupil supervisor via Zoom or equivalent platforms and may have the opportunity to participate in any hearings or conferences which their supervisor is attending remotely. Mini-pupils will be able to speak to current pupils and/or junior tenants about life in chambers, and may be invited to attend an event in chambers. Applications for mini-pupillage should be made using the online form which can be found on the pupillage page of our website. On occasion we also consider applications for pupillage from established practitioners. As a general rule we would expect those who have less than 7 years PQE to undertake a full 12-month pupillage (even if the BSB has granted a dispensation from the full pupillage term) and to apply through Pupillage Gateway. Please see our website for further details.

Student visits are not available and sponsored students are not accepted.
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. Please provide an example of an occasion on which you tried to change someone's mind about something. Please briefly explain the situation, what you did/said, and the result that it had. (200 words)
  2. Why do you believe that you will make a good barrister and why do you want to join our chambers? Please identify any relevant experiences or skills (legal or otherwise) and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice. (200 words)
  3. Please provide an example of when you have had to analyse complex information to reach a conclusion or decision. (200 words)
  4. Identify an area of law, how you would change it, and why. (300 words)
  5. Please give an example of when you have worked in a team. Please identify any challenges encountered and how they were resolved. (250 words)
  6. Please provide an example of when you have displayed resilience. (200 words)
  7. If there is anything else you would like to tell us about your application, or if there are any mitigating/extenuating circumstances, please tell us here. We are committed to recruiting the best possible pupils from all backgrounds and groups across society, including those which are traditionally under-represented at the Bar. (300 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.