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Three Raymond Buildings - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Three Raymond Buildings
Head of AETO:
James Lewis QC and Hugo Keith QC
Address of AETO:
3 Raymond Buildings
Gray's Inn
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Crime; Extradition; Fraud; Financial Services and Regulation; Health and Safety; Inquiries and Inquests; International Law; Licensing; Professional Discipline; Public Law; Regulatory; Civil Fraud; Tax; Bribery & Corruption
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Pro Bono
South eastern
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
Three Raymond Buildings is recognised as a leading set in criminal law and related fields, its members practising nationally and internationally. With a reputation for excellence in advocacy and advisory work, we are highly ranked in legal directories in all areas of our practice. The breadth and quality of our practice enables us to meet present and future challenges with confidence. We foster a strong, open and cohesive culture.

Our main areas of expertise are:

Criminal law: general, fraud, PoCA. Defending and prosecuting at first instance and in appellate courts, our members specialise in serious frauds and have appeared in many notable cases. We are expert in cases of money laundering and confiscation.
International – extradition, MLA, tribunals. We have appeared in many of the most significant extradition cases in England. We stand at the forefront of the law relating to mutual legal assistance. Our tribunal work extends to the international arena.
Public and administrative law: judicial review, inquests, inquiries. Members regularly appear in the High Court in all types of applications for judicial review. Members have been involved in some of the most significant inquests and public inquiries of recent times.
Licensing – all statutory licensing regimes with an emphasis on liquor, gambling, security and entertainment. We are highly experienced in every facet of licensing law.
Regulatory enforcement – health & safety, environmental & financial. This diverse area spans all areas of activity which are subject to statutory regulation.
Professional discipline: police, medical, sports. Our extensive criminal and regulatory work makes us the first choice for proceedings relating to police officers.


Pupils at Three Raymond Buildings can be assured of an excellent grounding in all aspects of our areas of practice through working with, and learning from, leading practitioners with a national and international reputation.
Each pupil can expect to work with a different supervisor every four months. During the first six months, pupils take a very active part in the practice of their supervisors and observe how busy juniors conduct their cases.
Second six pupils will also receive their own work, mainly in the Magistrates’ Courts but with some PTPHs, mentions and bail applications in the Crown Court.
Throughout pupillage, pupils are encouraged to work with as many other members of Chambers as possible, at all levels of seniority. Work done for others forms part of the reference process at the tenancy application stage.

We also have a comprehensive in-house training programme throughout the year.

Our funding is £40,000 for the year (£20,000 grant plus £20,000 guaranteed earnings) plus travel expenses outside zone 2, and up to £500 towards any external compulsory training.

Our clerking and administrative staff are friendly and helpful and we have excellent support facilities, including an electronic library for legal research.

Pupils will be considered for tenancy at the end of pupillage. The application process includes internal and external feedback on work done throughout the year, supervisor references, samples of written work, and an interview including a mock brief. The number of tenancies is not limited, and will reflect the standard of candidates applying at the time.

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. Skill Area 1 - Intellect: Using examples where possible, please say why you think you have the ability to assimilate information quickly, the aptitude to think logically, flexibly and analytically when faced with complex situations, whilst at the same time maintaining an ordered attention to detail. (200 words)
  2. Skill Area 2 - Working Methods and Approach: Using examples where possible, please say why you think you have initiative, are practical and possess common sense, self-reliance and integrity, that you have a constructive approach to problems and can work well under pressure. (200 words)
  3. Skill Area 3 - Integrity and Resilience: Using examples where possible, please say why you think you can demonstrate a willingness to work hard, take on challenges and be open to critical feedback whilst being able to assert yourself where required. (200 words)
  4. Skill Area 4 - Communication: Using examples where possible, please say why you think you can articulate complex ideas in a clear and persuasive manner, whilst having the ability to adapt your style to suit different target audiences or tribunals, and to convey a sense of confidence, competence and purpose. (200 words)
  5. Skill Area 5 - Judgement: Using examples where possible, please say why you think you have sound judgement, are able to weigh up competing interests before forming a considered opinion, and can exercise tact and discretion as appropriate. (200 words)
  6. Why do you want to become a barrister, and what are your reasons for applying to Three Raymond Buildings? (300 words)
  7. What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (150 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.