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187 Chambers - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
187 Chambers
Head of AETO:
Andrew Trollope QC and Richard Christie QC
Address of AETO:
4th Floor, Queen Elizabeth Building
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Crime; White Collar Crime; Prison Law and Criminal Justice; Sports law; Professional Discipline; Fraud; Regulatory
Specialist services:
Public Access Work
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
2 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
187 Chambers is a leading set of chambers specialising in both defence and prosecution in the areas of criminal and regulatory work, providing representation at every level, for both publicly and privately funded instructions. Our set has gained a reputation for excellence in its advocacy and advisory work, offering a first-class service to professional and lay clients alike. Chambers is regularly instructed in high-profile and leading cases and is well equipped to deal with all types of criminal and regulatory matters, in this country and abroad. We have particular expertise in serious fraud and white-collar crime, as well as homicide, terrorism, revenue cases, money laundering and all forms of serious organised crime.
We provide training and assessment for completion of both the non-practising period of pupillage (6 months), and completion of the practising period of pupillage (6 months), in accordance with the Professional Statement Competencies and Bar Qualification Manual.
Chambers awards £12,000 for the first six months of Pupillage and guarantees earnings for the practising period to at least the minimum overall requirement. At present that sum is £8,866, but that will increase in line with the London Living Wage. Chambers will cover all travel expenses outside of London for the whole of the pupillage. We do not cover the cost of travel within London. We will also cover the costs of compulsory training courses.
Chambers conducts its recruitment process in accordance with the principles of the Equality Act 2010, the Bar Council Fair Recruitment Guide, and the BSB Handbook Equality Rules. Opportunities are open to all qualified candidates and we seek to recruit from the largest possible pool of available talent. We welcome applications from those from non-traditional or disadvantaged backgrounds.
When selecting pupils we look for highly motivated candidates with strong analytical ability, demonstrable interest in the field of criminal law, sound practical and ethical judgement and the potential to be an outstanding advocate.
We recruit pupils with the aim of their successfully applying for tenancy at Chambers. Most of our pupils over the years have become tenants. Upon satisfactory completion of the 12 month pupillage, pupils are invited to complete a six month probationary tenancy in Chambers to further develop their skills before applying for tenancy. The tenancy application involves an application to the Management Committee, supported by references, reports from the clerks and pupil supervisors, a written advocacy exercise and a live advocacy exercise and interview.
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. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (200 words)
  4. Should all future pre trial hearings be heard remotely? (150 words)
  5. What type of offending should merit a whole life term? (200 words)
  6. How do you manage competing and demanding deadlines? (200 words)
  7. Is a secondment a good move for a junior criminal barrister? (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.