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Becket Chambers - 12 months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Becket Chambers
Head of AETO:
Address of AETO:
Canterbury Innovation Centre
University Road
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Common Law
Practice areas:
Family; Civil
Specialist services:
Mediation; Public Access Work; Pro Bono; Arbitration
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£12,000 - £19,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
3 October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Becket Chambers is committed to providing opportunities to the most talented pupil candidates
regardless of background or any protected characteristic.

Why choose pupillage at Becket Chambers?

Since our foundation in 1993, Becket Chambers has firmly established its reputation as a vibrant, sociable common-law set, operating across a wide range of practice areas in Kent, Sussex and the South East.

We specialise in Family and Civil law. We cover all aspects of family law, including public and private law children’s cases, injunctions, parental removal and abduction, divorce, and financial remedies whilst key areas within civil law include contract disputes, property matters, landlord and tenant and personal injury.

We are noted for our intellectual excellence and for providing a first-class, fully accountable service to our clients. In addition, we pride ourselves in taking a team-based approach to our work.

You will receive a well-supported, challenging, broad, and well-remunerated pupillage experience here. We are engaged in some cutting-edge work and offer an appealing combination of high-quality work and good quality of life whilst providing the opportunity to live and work in attractive areas of Kent or Sussex.

At Becket Chambers, there is the scope for significant earnings rivalling many London sets but underpinned by a more pleasant and enjoyable pace of life. No pupil at Becket Chambers has ever failed to earn significantly more than the basic pupillage award even though the pupillage award is in line with Bar Council minimum requirements. In recent years pupils have earned in their second six (in addition to the award for the first six) between £22,000 and £51,000. If offered a tenancy, earnings are expected to increase further still.

Pupillage Tenancy

Historically, pupils at Becket Chambers have been recruited in the expectation of being offered tenancy. Pupils will receive high quality training, guidance, and supervision from a significant number of members of Chambers, a clear investment in future members of Chambers. We are happy that in the last five years all our pupils who have applied for tenancy have been offered and accepted.

Who should apply?

We are keen on hearing from candidates with an interest in Family and Civil Law as we are looking to expand these teams to take advantage of the excess work we are being offered in these areas. Pupils will initially be expected to undertake work in all areas of law, in which Chambers operates. Members of Chambers can either maintain a general common law practice or specialise in a specific area of law.

We look for pupils with a high level of motivation, intellectual ability, and professional compatibility with Chambers, who demonstrate a commitment to the Bar.

We positively encourage applications from groups who are currently under-represented in Chambers such as women, those from ethnic minorities and persons with a disability. We have no preference for an undergraduate law degree over the one-year conversion course. We look for the best and the brightest candidates whatever their background.

Reasonable adjustments
If you require any reasonable adjustment to be made during our interview/ assessment process, please ensure that you make this clear on your Pupillage Gateway application form.

Extenuating circumstances
If you feel that your educational, or other, performance has been affected by specific circumstances, please also make this clear on your Pupillage Gateway application form.

Equal Opportunities Statement
Becket Chambers is committed to creating a diverse workspace. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We encourage and welcome applications from women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals, neurodiverse and disabled people and those who are LGBT+, as well as candidates from other underrepresented groups.

We encourage candidates to give us a full picture of any mitigating circumstances, including neurodiversity and late diagnosis neurodivergence if applicable. We will make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled or neurodiverse candidates (including where a mental health issue is classified as a disability) to demonstrate their suitability for the position.

Please see our websites Becket Chambers, Direct2Barrister, and Becket Mediation for detailed information about our barristers and practice areas.

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. Becket Chambers offer pupillage with a view to tenancy. How would you demonstrate a long-term commitment to working in and around Kent/ East Sussex? (300 words)
  4. Which skills and characteristics are the hallmarks of a good advocate? (200 words)
  5. What is the greatest challenge you have faced so far? (200 words)
  6. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (200 words)
  7. What do you think are the advantages of being a member of a provincial set? (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.