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Temple Garden Chambers - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Temple Garden Chambers
Head of AETO:
Keith Morton QC
Address of AETO:
1 Harcourt Buildings
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Practice areas:
Clinical Negligence; Costs; Employment; Health and Safety; Inquiries and Inquests; Insurance; International Law; Personal Injury; Public Law; Civil Fraud; Product Liability; International Crime and Extradition
Specialist services:
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£50,000 - £59,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
2 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
TGC is a thriving set, with 17 silks and 59 juniors providing expertise in the following practice areas:

Civil Insurance Fraud
Clinical Negligence
Coroners & Inquests
Health and Safety
International Crime and Extradition
Personal Injury and Fatal Accidents
Product Liability
Public International Law
Public Law

TGC is a thriving set with 76 members, including 17 silks. We are recognised by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading set in the fields of personal injury, costs, health and safety, inquests and inquiries, administrative and public law, international crime and extradition, public international law, immigration, clinical negligence, industrial disease and insurance fraud.

A number of our barristers are appointed as Treasury Counsel to act on behalf of the Government, and members are also on the CPS extradition and EHRC panels.

Temple Garden Chambers fosters an open, friendly and supportive environment both during pupillage and beyond. We hold a Certificate of Recognition from the Bar Council for our commitment to wellbeing at the Bar.

We believe that the profession should be representative of society as a whole. Chambers is committed to improving access to the Bar for those from non-traditional backgrounds and increasing the representation of under-represented groups. Temple Garden Chambers participates in the Pegasus Access and Support Scheme, the Bridging the Bar mini-pupillage programme and the 10,000 Black Interns Initiative.

Pupillage Details:
Two, 12 months guaranteed, grant and guaranteed earnings (£57,500), £35,000 grant and £22,500 guaranteed earnings (although typically most pupils exceed this sum). We also cover the cost of training courses required to be undertaken during pupillage and other optional courses where appropriate. With agreement of Chambers, £5,000 of the grant may be drawn down during the Bar Professional Training Course.

Chambers usually offers two pupillages each year and both have a strong chance of achieving tenancy. Each pupil has three pupil supervisors over the course of the year in order to ensure exposure to a wide range of Chambers’ work. During the first six months, you will be involved in all aspects of your supervisors’ work. This is the time in which you prepare for taking on your own caseload, so supervisors will make time to go through your work and offer constructive feedback. During the second six months you will start developing your own court practice in preparation for tenancy.

What we are looking for:
Due to the challenging nature of the work, applicants are generally expected to have a 2.1 or better at degree level. When selecting pupils we look for evidence of academic ability, a strong motivation to succeed at the Bar, excellent presentational skills, a professional attitude, and the ability to build successful working relationships.

We also look for evidence that candidates’ areas of interest will fit well with the type of work that they can expect to focus on in second six and in the early years of tenancy, which is likely to be primarily common law.

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 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. (250 words)
  2. 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. (250 words)
  3. If you were to propose one significant legal reform in any one of the following areas of law, what would it be? Please provide reasons why it would be for the better. (1) Coroners and Inquests (including public inquiries); (2) Costs; (3) Health and Safety; (4) Personal Injury; (5) Product Liability; (6) Public Law including Public International Law. (250 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.