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KBG Chambers - 12 months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
KBG Chambers
Head of AETO:
Deni Mathews
Address of AETO:
115 North Hill
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Common Law
Practice areas:
Common Law
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation
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
KBG Chambers

Chambers of Mr Deni Mathews

KBG Chambers is a common law set with tenants practising in Family, Crime and Civil. We are interested in receiving applications from prospective pupils who wish to practice in any of these areas.

We predominantly undertake work in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, but some members work outside these counties from time to time.

Our process for selecting pupils aims to identify those who will be outstanding candidates to join Chambers as members at the end of their pupillage. We have no limit on the number of tenancies that we offer at the end of pupillage; pupils are not in competition with one another for tenancies and we are proud of our high pupil retention rate.

Our pupils can look forward to well-structured pupillage with a high level of training from their pupil supervisors (and seat supervisors) all of whom are specialists in their respective fields. Not only will pupils be supported by their supervisors, but they will also receive the support and guidance from other members of chambers, as well as the clerking team. Included in this support is regular reviews with the pupillage coordinator and senior clerk, and access to our pupillage mentoring scheme. Our pupils will have free access to all our library resources and, throughout the first six, all travel expenses are covered in addition to the set award.

KBG Chambers also organises a number of events throughout the year. These include members delivering seminars, attending events organised by the local Law Society and Plymouth University, and a number of social events and our pupils will be involved in all of these. Chambers has a strong social media presence and pupils will be advised, and encouraged, to provide articles, news items and updates for our various social media platforms.

We are looking for pupils with a strong academic record (ideally a First or Upper Second class degree) although we may consider applicants with lower results that can demonstrate a high level of relevant experience and a commitment to working at the bar, and/or have extenuating circumstances. We also seek applicants with a desire to work on the Western Circuit, and be based in the South West.

KBG Chambers is committed to equal opportunities and our recruitment policies have been designed to prevent any discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, disability, sexuality, religion and age. Pupils with a disability are encouraged to contact the pupillage coordinator (in confidence) to discuss any adjustments that would assist in relation to their application.

KBG Chambers aims to recruit two or three pupils each year.

On 11 January 2022, KBG Chambers will be holding a virtual seminar for prospective pupils. This will be attended by KBG’s current pupils, and will be an opportunity to hear from them about their experiences so far, and to answer any questions. KBG Chambers would welcome anyone considering making an application, or wishing to find out more about our chambers and the pupillage we offer. Please contact our Senior Clerk Colin Palmer ( for details and the link.

Financial support: Grant & Guaranteed earnings
Financial support level: £19,000, comprised of a first six award of £9,500, and guaranteed earnings of £9,500 in the second six. We also fund all pupils to attend the compulsory courses required within their pupillage period (including the costs of transport and accommodation)

115 North Hill, Plymouth, PL4 8JY & 13 Walsingham Place, Truro, TR1 2RP
T: 01752 221551
W: KBG 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 KBG Chambers? (200 words)
  2. What type of work do you wish to undertake as a practising barrister? (150 words)
  3. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (200 words)
How to apply
Please apply using the Gateway application form. Please note that we do not accept applications by way of CV and/or covering letter.

After considering all applications, KBG Chambers may invite you for a first round interview. Selected candidates will then proceed to a second round interview. All interviews will be held in March/April 2022. Whilst we would normally wish to hold these interviews in person at our Plymouth Chambers, these may be held virtually, and arrangements will be reviewed and confirmed (with reference to the situation in relation to Covid) closer to the time. Whilst interviews normally take place on a Saturday, where possible, we will try to arrange dates and times for interviews around the candidate’s other commitments. Any offers of pupillage will be made at 9am on 6 May 2022.