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25 Bedford Row - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
25 Bedford Row
Head of AETO:
George Carter-Stephenson QC, Jeremy Dein QC & Paul Mendelle QC
Address of AETO:
25 Bedford Row
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Environment; Fraud; Human Rights; Inquiries and Inquests; International Crime; Prison Law and Criminal Justice; Regulatory; Terrorism; White Collar Crime; Crime; Criminal Defence and Appeals; Professional Regulation; Regulatory and disciplinary
Specialist services:
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
In selecting our pupils, we have a three stage process. Firstly, all written Pupillage Gateway applications will be reviewed by a panel of tenants. They will be looking for applications which demonstrate a commitment to criminal law, a sound academic background and appropriate voluntary and/or paid work experience. Those who are short-listed for interview will be invited for a 15-20 minute initial interview with a small panel of tenants. The purpose of the interview is to determine the applicant's ability to present an argument, respond to intervention and their social skills. Successful applicants at this stage will be invited for a second interview which will involve an advocacy exercise. Details of the exercise will be provided on arrival and all candidates will receive appropriate preparation time. The exercise will be followed by a more formal third interview and the panel will be looking for candidates who display a passion and flair for advocacy and who are persuasive in their argument. The shortlist of candidates will then be invited (Covid permitting) to Chambers to see how we work and to ask questions of junior tenants and working pupils in a more informal environment.

Our funding continues to be one of the more competitive amounts at the Criminal Bar. All twelve-month pupils will receive a £15,000 grant for the non-practising six months of pupillage and guaranteed receipts of at least £15,000 during their second six months. Our pupils are normally in court once or twice a day and Chambers has a reputation for having sufficient work to keep pupils busy. In addition, Chambers pays for the continuing education courses, which a pupil is required to undertake during pupillage, and also provides assistance with travel. Travel outside London is funded by Chambers.
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 want to be a criminal defence barrister? (250 words)
  2. Put the following attributes in order of importance for a successful criminal barrister, and explain the reasons for your answer: intellect; ambition; integrity; resilience; performance skills. (250 words)
  3. Juries should only be permitted to return unanimous verdicts. Do you agree with this statement and why? (250 words)
  4. The death of an emergency worker should always be marked by a sentence of imprisonment for life. Do you agree, and why? (250 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.