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2 King's Bench Walk - 12 months - September 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
2 King's Bench Walk London
Head of AETO:
Sally Howes QC
Address of AETO:
2 King's Bench Walk
Inner Temple
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Crime, Family, Civil
Practice areas:
Crime; Family; Civil
Specialist services:
Public Access Work
Western; London
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
5 September 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
2 King's Bench Walk is a highly respected set of chambers, which specialises in criminal, civil and family law throughout London, the south of England and the Midlands. Recent expansion has seen us grow into a set with over 75 members of chambers, offering strength in depth across the legal spectrum.

We are seeking two pupils to join us in September 2022 for a 12 month pupillage in criminal law.

Chambers has a reputation for excellence in all areas of criminal law and our members are frequently instructed to prosecute and defend in the most high-profile and serious cases. By offering exposure to this variety of work, coupled with the training and guidance provided by excellent pupil supervisors, pupillage at 2KBW is an ideal footing for those who wish to pursue a career at the criminal bar.

In the first six months, pupils will spend time with their supervisor in court as well as receiving training in written work and case preparation. In their second six months, pupils will appear in court on a daily basis as well as undertake advisory work and drafting. Pupils will travel to courts across London, the South Eastern, the Western and Midlands circuits.

The pupillage award for 2022 will be £27,000; £12,000 of which will be paid over the course of the first six months and £15,000 over the course of the second six months by way of guaranteed earnings. Travel expenses will be reimbursed for non-fee earning court attendances.

One of the pupillages being offered is part-funded by way of a Butterfield Scholarship from the Western Circuit. In respect of that pupillage, we especially welcome applications from candidates who can demonstrate a link to the Western Circuit, in particular Hampshire or Dorset (but this is not a mandatory requirement).

Known for our friendly and approachable manner, we look for the same qualities in our pupils. Chambers is committed to increasing diversity at the bar and we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds. What is most important to Chambers is finding candidates who have the potential to be exceptional barristers and wish to become part of the 2KBW family.

Application is via the Pupillage Gateway and selected candidates will be asked to attend a preliminary interview. Those who are successful at that stage will be invited to a second interview, which will incorporate a drafting and advocacy exercise.
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. BC1: 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)
  2. BC2: Why do you want to join our chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice (200 words)
  3. What is the greatest challenge you have faced so far? (200 words)
  4. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (200 words)
  5. Do you have any connection to the geographical area covered by the Western Circuit? If so, please provide details. (150 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.