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Falcon Chambers - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Falcon Chambers
Head of AETO:
Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC and Stephen Jourdan QC
Address of AETO:
Falcon Court
30-32 Fleet Street
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Property; Real Estate; Property and Land; Landlord and Tenant
Specialist services:
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:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
We aim to offer up to two 12-month pupillages each year to candidates who display high intellectual ability, good communication skills and an interest in property-related work. Although we are recruiting primarily for pupillages commencing in October 2023, we will consider candidates who wish to begin their pupillage in October 2022.

Pupils in Chambers are expected to demonstrate strong analytical and communication skills and also an ability to work well with others. We welcome applications from anyone who is able to demonstrate the skills we are looking for, irrespective of the school or university they attended and irrespective of their gender, race, age or sexual orientation, in line with Chambers' commitment to furthering equality and diversity at the Bar.

Few of our applicants will have studied our speciality in any depth, and therefore we arrange an intensive course in Chambers to be given by a leader in the field, currently Dr. Martin Dixon of Queens College, Cambridge. This is usually held in the last week of September. We also aim to give our pupils a good grounding in advocacy, in addition to the courses offered by the Inns, by providing structured advocacy training.

You will be allocated to a different Pupil Supervisor every three months of your pupillage, in order to ensure that you are seen by as many people as possible. As a pupil, you will be expected to read papers before conferences and briefs before court, to write opinions and draft statements of case as if they were your own, and to attend court with members of chambers.

In your second six months, once we are satisfied that you are sufficiently experienced, our clerks will allocate work to you. There is usually a reasonable amount of court work available.

We place a lot of importance on being a friendly, closely integrated group of colleagues, and meet for tea, and on Fridays for lunch in our library. As a pupil in chambers, you will be welcomed to these gatherings.

We offer a pupillage award of up to £65,000 (of which £22,000 may be drawn down during the year immediately preceding your pupillage). We also cover the costs of all compulsory courses our pupils are required to undertake during the course of their pupillage.

We aim to decide whether to offer you a tenancy in Chambers as soon as possible after the first three seats of your pupillage. In recent years, most of our pupils have become tenants in Chambers. If we are not able to offer you a tenancy in Chambers, we have an excellent record of assisting our pupils to find third six pupillages or tenancies elsewhere.
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 become a barrister specialising in property disputes? (250 words)
  2. Of the skills required for a career at the Bar, which do you think are your strongest and why? (250 words)
  3. Please provide a breakdown of your results from all of your university examinations or courses undertaken (where available). (500 words)
  4. If you have applied to Falcon Chambers for a pupillage in any previous years, please tell us if anything has changed since your last application. (100 words)
  5. In no more than 500 words, please set out an argument in support of the abolition of juries to ease the backlog in the Crown Courts. (500 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.