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Serle Court - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Serle Court
Head of AETO:
Elizabeth Jones QC
Address of AETO:
6 New Square
Lincoln's Inn
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Chancery and Commercial
Practice areas:
Civil Fraud; Commercial; Company; Insolvency and Restructuring; Litigation; Partnership and Joint Ventures; Probate; Property; Trusts; Offshore; Private Client; International Law
Specialist services:
Mediation; Arbitration; Pro Bono; Public Access Work; International 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:
2 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Acknowledged as “one of the very best commercial chancery sets, and one of the few that genuinely competes in both traditional chancery and commercial litigation”, Serle Court “offers a variety of skill sets that others can’t provide, and houses some of the biggest names at the Bar” – Chambers UK.

Serle Court is one of the leading Commercial Chancery sets with 71 barristers including 27 silks. Widely recognised as a leading set, Serle Court is recommended in 11 areas of practice by Chambers & Partners and 20 areas of practice in Legal 500. Serle Court has a stimulating and inclusive work environment and a modern approach.

Serle Court’s main areas of Chancery and Commercial practice include: Civil Fraud, Commercial Litigation, Company, Insolvency, International & Offshore, Partnership & LLP, Private Client Trusts & Probate, Property, Mediation and Arbitration.

Serle Court is interested in well-rounded candidates from all backgrounds. Chambers looks for highly motivated individuals with outstanding intellectual ability who display a practical approach, sound judgment, the potential to become excellent advocates and develop a successful practice. Chambers has a reputation for “consistent high quality” and members who are“highly intelligent, user-friendly, approachable and supportive” and seeks these qualities in pupils. Chambers requires a degree classification of a good 2.1 as a minimum. Serle Court is committed to equality and diversity and encourages and welcomes applications from women, LGBTQ+ individuals, people of minority ethnic origin, people with disabilities, and candidates from other groups which are underrepresented in the legal sector.

Serle Court offers an excellent preparation for successful practice, a genuinely friendly and supportive environment, the opportunity to learn from some of the leading barristers in their field and a presumption of tenancy. Pupils sit with four pupil supervisors in order to experience a broad range of work. Chambers aims to recruit up to three pupils each year.

Serle Court offers a pupillage award of £75,000 of which £25,000 can be drawn down in the year prior to starting pupillage. We provide an income guarantee to new tenants of £120,000 in the first two years of practice.
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. Which one of our main areas of practice interests you the most and why? Apart from a thorough understanding of the law, what qualities do you think a barrister practising in that area should have? (250 words)
  2. Why do you want to be a barrister rather than a solicitor? (250 words)
  3. Please identify a piece of exceptional oral advocacy that you have seen in a non-legal context. Please choose a piece of advocacy that is widely known, and from the last decade. What do you consider made it stand out? How could it have been improved? (250 words)
  4. A clause in a commercial (business to business) contract provides: “The seller’s maximum aggregate liability to the buyer under or in connection with the contract, including any liability arising out of or relating to the performance and/or breach and/or termination of the contract, shall in no case exceed £1 million.” The clause is expressly stated not to apply to claims for personal injury or death caused by the seller’s negligence or breach of statutory duty. In your view, does this clause cap liability for a negligent misrepresentation made by the seller that induced the buyer to contract? Please explain the basis for your view in no more than 500 words. (500 words)
  5. Barristers are not allowed to refuse to act for a client merely because they disagree with that client’s opinions or actions. Do you agree with this rule? What are some of the possible problems with it? (250 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.