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Outer Temple Chambers - 12 months - September 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Outer Temple Chambers
Head of AETO:
James Counsell QC, Sarah Crowther QC & Keith Bryant QC
Address of AETO:
The Outer Temple
222 Strand
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Mixed (Common-Law)
Practice areas:
Civil; Clinical Negligence; Public Law; Commercial; Pensions; Trusts; Employment; Business; Fraud; Court of Protection; Equality and Discrimination; Health and Safety; Personal Injury; Professional Negligence; Professional Regulation; Financial Services and Regulation; Tax
Specialist services:
Mediation; Arbitration; Public Access Work; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration); Arbitration and Mediation; International and Domestic Adjudication; Litigation; Pro Bono; Adjudication; International Arbitration; CLIPS; Licensed Access
South eastern; Western
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:
September 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage

You will receive a structured, well-supported, challenging, broad and well remunerated, pupillage experience. Outer Temple Chambers ("OTC") is one of the leading civil commercial chambers in the country. We undertake a range of the highest quality work that few other London chambers can rival.

With 24 Silks and over 60 juniors, we are regularly involved in ground-breaking cases at the highest levels and we are proud of our reputation as a forward-thinking set with wide expertise and high standards of client service and accessibility. Our London offices are located just opposite the Royal Courts of Justice and we also have offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

One of the main attractions of pupillage with OTC is the opportunity to experience many different areas of law. Our pupils often arrive thinking they will specialise in one area only to be drawn to a totally new area during the course of their pupillage.

We are ranked in a large number of practice areas of practice by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Our barristers practise across a range of areas including:

Alternative Dispute Resolution • Banking • Business Crime • Clinical Negligence • Commercial & Chancery • Court of Protection • Disciplinary & Regulatory • Employment & Discrimination • Financial Services • Health, Safety & Environment • Insolvency & Restructuring • International Organisations • Pensions & Trusts • Personal Injury • Private Client • Professional Negligence • Public Law • Sports Law • Travel Law • Wills, Estates & Trusts

OTC was awarded Employment Set of the Year at the 2019 Chambers UK Bar awards, Chambers of the Year in the STEP Private Client Awards 2019 and was shortlisted for Client Service Set of the Year in 2021 at the Chambers UK Bar Awards. 17 members of Chambers are on the Attorney General’s Panels.

A number of our members have international dimensions to their practices. Members of Chambers often provide free legal advice through charities such as the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Free Representation Unit. We have had a long association with the Spinal Injuries Association.

OTC was one of the first (and few) Chambers to become a Living Wage Employer. The Living Wage campaign has been running since 2001 and has lifted over 260,000 people out of poverty. For further details on OTC’s social responsibility efforts please see our website. We are a Disability Confident Employer, Mindful Employer and have recently partnered with Bridging the Bar’s mini pupillage initiative. We hold Platinum status Investors in People (IIP) accreditation. This is the highest possible level available across the IIP standards, and we are now amongst the top 2% of organisations worldwide to hold this coveted accreditation.

We received a Bar Council Certificate of Recognition for our efforts to promote individual wellbeing in Chambers, and we have trained mental health first aiders in Chambers. We positively encourage applications from groups who are currently under-represented in Chambers such as women, those from ethnic minorities, persons with a disability and others. We have no preference for an undergraduate law degree over the one-year GDL conversion course. We look for the best candidates whatever their background.

We’re forward-thinking, with a collaborative, collegiate ethos and aim to be open, friendly, and approachable, treating everyone with tolerance and respect. We maintain high standards and are responsive to our clients, staff and pupils.

OTC has a detailed profile within the Chambers UK Student Guide, which can be found online at that publication's website.

For a number of years we have made concerted efforts to develop sources of work outside of the UK. Awarded the Chambers Innovation Award by Legal Week in 2015, we became the first (and to date only) barristers' chambers to be registered with the DIFC (Dubai, U.A.E.) and ADGM (Abu Dhabi, U.A.E) in 2016 and 2018 respectively. We are increasingly involved with the New York State Bar Association through the UK Chapter of its International Section.

For September 2023, we are offering up to 2 pupillage places and we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds.


The award for pupillages commencing September 2023 is £70,000 for the twelve months of pupillage. At Chambers’ discretion a proportion of the award (up to 25%) is available for early drawdown during the year that you are studying for the BPC or its equivalent.

Pupils sit with four different pupil supervisors in each of our main areas of work during the pupillage year, specialising usually in the following four core areas of Chambers’ work: Employment law; Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury; either Public Law or Crime and Regulatory (financial and medical); and Commercial law, including Pensions but we are prepared to be flexible in the second six months if a pupil wishes to spend time in a different area of expertise. During the Second (practising) Six, pupils will undertake their own cases, as well as assisting their pupil supervisors with theirs.

Pupil supervisors provide regular feedback and write a report on each pupil’s overall performance - written work, potential as an advocate and general strengths and weaknesses. That report will be discussed with the pupil before being signed off and is discussed with the Head of Pupillage, forming part of a quarterly review cycle.

Chambers recognises the crucial importance of advocacy training. In the First Six, pupils undergo a series of both unassessed and assessed advocacy exercises in the form of mock hearings. The emphasis is firmly on constructive feedback and building confidence for the Second Six. We also try to send pupils to marshal with our former Members of Chambers who are now full-time judges. A typical diet during the practising six months comprises personal injury and employment matters as well as low value contractual disputes. This provides a great opportunity for our pupils to gain a broad range of advocacy experience as well as the chance to deal with their own clients and opponents.

Chambers has a mentoring scheme available to pupils, barristers and staff. We are keen to promote and support wellbeing and good mental health, recognising that we work in a demanding profession and that pupillage can be a particularly challenging period.

Chambers will cover the cost of all compulsory pupillage courses undertaken; at its discretion it may also subsidise the cost of other pertinent non-mandatory training/events. Our commitment to developing and retaining pupils is evidenced by our high pupillage to tenancy conversion figure. We see it as important that our pupils don’t feel that they are in competition with each other – tenancy decisions are made on merit, not by competition between pupils and they are therefore encouraged to help and support each other. We also offer a guaranteed earnings scheme for our junior tenants for the first two years after an offer of tenancy is accepted by way of an interest free loan to top up earnings each month to a set amount.

A ‘True Picture’ account of pupillage at our Chambers can be viewed in the online Chambers Student guide to the Bar.


Paradoxically, pupillage is at the same time one of the most desirable and most feared experiences known to Bar students. Happily, once it started I realised that nobody bites, nobody was waiting in ambush, there was no magnifying glass trained over my head throughout the 12 months. In fact, it's quite the opposite - Chambers actually wants you to succeed and will do everything to ensure that you do....


Interviews for pupillage are likely to be held on 22 - 24 April 2022 – please note the dates in your diary!

Deferred applications: Chambers does not accept deferred applications for pupillage.

Chambers is a Disability Confident Employer. This means we are recognised as positive about people with disabilities. We offer pupillage applicants with disabilities the option of requesting that their application is considered in the spirit of the commitments we make as an employer under this scheme. We are unable to offer a guaranteed interview to all pupillage applicants with disabilities who apply to us because of the very high number of applications we receive. However, we give special consideration to such applicants, the precise details of which are currently under review for 2023. This information will be published on the pupillage page of our website in due course. If you wish your application to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme (the conditions for which are included under "How to Apply") you can state this in the questions section of this form.

We are keen to foster social mobility and have members of Chambers who, as individuals from non-traditional backgrounds, are part of the Bar Council’s social mobility advocacy campaign. We encourage applications from graduates of any university and any background but with the ability and determination to succeed as a barrister. We particularly welcome applications from those belonging to groups still under-represented at the Bar. We are delighted to be using REALrating by upReach as part of our recruitment process. upReach are a social mobility charity who provide contextual recruitment data to us. The information provided to them allows us to consider applications in the context of candidates’ socio-economic background prior to any recruitment decision being made. Whilst completion of the form is not mandatory, we encourage all applicants to submit this information to help ensure our recruitment processes are fair and objective. A link to the portal is included under “How to Apply”.

Feedback on our application and selection process is usually very positive, as the following comments received from Gateway applicants in a previous round testifies:

a) "Would just like to say I've been through 12 of these interview processes and OTC's struck me as the most transparent / informative/ considerate throughout. Was very impressed!" (candidate)

b) "I just wanted to reiterate my thanks and appreciation of how you and Chambers have organised this process. It tells a very impressive story about how Outer Temple sees itself and runs itself - one wholly consonant with its reputation. This is a tough production line for everyone concerned, and you've made it markedly less hassle-some and stressful than it might otherwise be."

c) "I just wanted to thank you and Outer Temple for the lengths you went to accommodate me and make me feel welcome. I was offered pupillage today so shall not be making another attempt with Outer Temple. However, I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic job you do to further diversity at the bar (candidate)."

d) "I can have no complaints about your system. There are other processes where I have felt that I haven’t had the opportunity to impress – that is very definitely not the case with your process. The best will shine through, and they will probably be very much the best, having been tested on such a broad range of skills and attributes.”

Mini-pupillages: Chambers normally offers two mini-pupillage courses each year in June and December. Further details, and any application deadlines, will be available on our website nearer the time.
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. Do you wish your application to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme? Please answer Yes or No. (100 words)
  2. 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. Why do you want to join our chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers. (200 words)
  4. What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
  5. In up to 150 words, persuade us of a point of view on a subject of your choice, serious or otherwise. Please note, you need not hold the view yourself. (150 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.

If you wish your application to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme please ensure that you request this under the “Application Questions” section. To be eligible to you must have – or have had in the last twelve months – a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. This includes those whose impairment has lasted, or is likely to last, for twelve months, or if the impairment is likely to progress or recur. You are also automatically eligible if you are affected by cancer, HIV, Multiple Sclerosis, or severe facial disfigurement. You do not have to be registered as a disabled person to apply under this scheme.

If you would like your application to be considered in the context of your socio-economic background please complete the form provided by upReach, the social mobility charity we have partnered with for this purpose. The link to the form is here:

Please ensure you have read our Pupillage Prospectus before you submit any application via the Gateway. This can be found on our website. Please note that our pupillage interviewing assessment weekend is likely to take place from 22nd – 24th April 2022. You are strongly advised to keep all these dates free of non-pupillage-related engagements.