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Two Harcourt Buildings - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Two Harcourt Buildings
Head of AETO:
James Dawes QC and Paul Cavin QC
Address of AETO:
1st Floor, 2 Harcourt Buildings, Temple, London
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Specialist services:
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:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Two Harcourt Buildings is one of the country’s leading specialist criminal chambers. With over thirty five barristers, including four Queen’s Counsel, we have a strong tradition of producing advocates of the highest quality and members of the judiciary. Chambers prosecutes and defends in the most serious, complex and demanding criminal cases. We offer a friendly and relaxed environment in which to complete pupillage.

Areas of work:
Members of chambers have particular expertise in the following areas:
• Murder and other homicide
• Terrorism
• Serious fraud
• Corruption
• Police operations against organised crime and drug trafficking
• Rape
• Child abuse
• Non-accidental head injuries in infants ("shaken baby syndrome")

Members of chambers prosecute and defend daily in the London Crown Courts and regularly appear before the Court of Appeal and in judicial review proceedings in the High Court. We also have a strong presence on the South Eastern and Western Circuits.

We are very well represented at all levels on the following specialist prosecution panels, established to ensure that cases are dealt with by counsel of appropriate expertise and experience:
• Crown Prosecution Service (Fraud Group panel; Serious Crime Group panel; Proceeds of Crime Group panel; Rape and Serious Sexual Offences panel)
• Serious Fraud Office list

Members of chambers are instructed by a wide range of solicitors' firms acting for both privately funded and legally aided clients. We are also regularly instructed by local authorities and other agencies, including TFL. We also welcome instructions from private individuals via the Direct Access scheme.

In addition to the field of criminal law, members of chambers have significant experience in the following practice areas:
• Regulatory and Disciplinary work, including Police, Nursing and Midwifery Council and General Dental Council disciplinary tribunals;
• Courts-Martial;
• Licencing.

Who should apply:

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunities and aim to recruit articulate and confidant candidates, regardless of their background, who can demonstrate drive and determination and who are committed to a future at the Criminal Bar. We look for applicants who can balance intellectual excellence (we normally expect a 2:1 degree or higher unless extenuating circumstances apply) with common sense and pragmatism. We take the recruitment of pupils very seriously and every pupil is selected on the basis that they are a potential tenant- in the past eight years thirteen of our pupils were taken on and quickly developed excellent practices in chambers.

Pupillage programme:

Pupils are assigned to one pupil supervisor for each six month period. During the first six non-practising months pupils attend court with their supervisor on a daily basis, and complete written work and research as directed. Effort is taken to ensure that the pupil has contact with, and the opportunity to work for, tenants of all levels of seniority within Chambers. During the second six months pupils conduct cases in court alone and can expect to develop their own busy practice. In-house advocacy training is provided during pupillage, along with regular written assessments by the pupillage supervisor and feedback from instructing solicitors.

We offer an award and guaranteed earnings totalling £21,600.

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. What are the key skills and characteristics you possess that you believe will make you a good advocate? (250 words)
  2. What do you think the hardest thing will be about being a criminal barrister? Please also explain how you intend to deal with the challenge identified. (250 words)
  3. If there is anything else that you would like us to know about you, please provide details here. (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.