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Littleton Chambers - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Littleton Chambers
Head of AETO:
Gavin Mansfield QC
Address of AETO:
3 King's Bench Walk North
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Employment and Commercial
Practice areas:
Commercial; Regulatory; Sports law; Common Law; Public Law; Employment; White Collar Crime
Specialist services:
Mediation; Arbitration
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:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Littleton generally offers pupillage to 2 people each year. During your 12-month pupillage, you will rotate through 4 pupil supervisors, giving you an insight into all of Chambers' core areas of work. Your pupil advisor will provide support and guidance to you throughout, ensuring that you understand not only the nuts and bolts of a barrister's work, but also the ethical requirements which form such a distinctive feature of Chambers' professional life. After six months pupillage, in your 'second six', you will be entitled to take on your own work and will be able to appear in court as counsel. Your pupil supervisor will provide assistance in the preparation of briefs and will give you the support you need as you represent your own clients in court, most likely for the first time.

All pupils at Littleton receive a structured programme of training and assessment both in advocacy and drafting. Further, our advocacy and written assessments allow Chambers to take tenancy decisions on a fair and open basis. However, pupillage at Littleton is not a competition between pupils for places, rather we have consistently taken on any pupil who meets our rigorous standards.

We believe that fair remuneration is important, and our pupillage award is accordingly one of the most generous at the Bar. Our pupils receive a £67,500 pupillage award and they keep all second six earnings. It is possible to draw down some of this funding during the year of Bar finals. The award reflects the importance we ascribe to the pupillage process, and out commitment to the pupils we invite to Chambers.

Offers of pupillage from Littleton are made in accordance with the Pupillage Gateway timetable and where appropriate, in the academic year before Bar finals. During the pandemic, Littleton's assessment process involves both interviews and an assessed written exercise. We look forward to reinstating the mini-pupillage phase of our assessment process as soon as we are able to do so. However, in the meantime, there is still plenty of opportunity for candidates going through the process to ask questions and meet tenants, particularly those whose applications progress to the later stages of our assessment process.

Chambers also welcomes applications for deferred entry, provided that candidates state clearly the year/s in respect of which they wish to be considered. Indeed, in recent years, Chambers has been happy to accommodate requests from incoming pupils to defer entry, or to bring forward entry, depending on the circumstances. If you do not state an express preference on the gateway application, Chambers will assume that the application is for the current round only. Candidates must be in a position to commence pupillage in respect of the year/s in which they apply. Accordingly, if an application is made in respect of both the current and following year, the candidate must be ready to commence pupillage in either year, at Chambers' election.

PLEASE NOTE: We will only consider second and subsequent applications from unsuccessful candidates in previous years in exceptional circumstances.
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 a breakdown of your exam results in your undergraduate degree. To the extent that you consider any later degree or qualification to be relevant please provide appropriate breakdowns. (250 words)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.