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5 King's Bench Walk - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Chambers of Sarah Forshaw QC and Mark Heywood QC
Head of AETO:
Sarah Forshaw QC and Mark Heywood QC
Address of AETO:
5 King's Bench Walk
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AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Specialist services:
Public Access Work
South eastern; London
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
2 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
5 King’s Bench Walk is one of the UK's leading sets and was ‘Chambers and Partners’ Crime Set of the Year in 2019. Chambers has fifty-five members, including seven QCs and two junior Treasury Counsel.

We prosecute and defend in equal measure and Members of Chambers regularly appear in some of the most serious and high-profile trials in the country, including cases of serious and organised crime, serious fraud and terrorism. Chambers undertakes a substantial and increasing amount of privately funded work. Prosecuting or defending, publicly funded or private we strive to provide the highest standards of advocacy and professionalism. We principally practise in courts in London and on the South-Eastern Circuit, although we also appear in cases across the length and breadth of the country. Individuals in chambers have expertise in diverse practise areas such as courts marital, inquests, actions against the police, extradition and licensing. We have a small, experienced and effective team in chambers who specialise in family and civil work.

5KBW are seeking to recruit three pupils, to begin October 2023. We take on pupils with a view to recruiting them as tenants and take pride that in the last four years, nine out of our twelve pupils are now tenants in chambers.

Chambers has a firm commitment to equal opportunities and encourage applications from those who do not consider themselves from what may be perceived as the ‘typical’ background, irrespective of age, race, religion, belief, sexual orientation, gender or disability.

During pupillage, successful candidates will spend their first six months accompanying their pupil supervisor to court each day, although there will also be opportunities to spend time with QC’s and with more junior tenants, so as to experience life in the magistrates’ court and on less serious Crown Court cases. In the second six months, our pupils can expect to spend every day in court, conducting their own cases, which will include some Saturday court work, by rota. We ordinarily expect pupils to undertake a ‘third six’ prior to making applications for tenancy.

We are committed on offering pupils a fully rounded education providing a firm foundation for future excellence, this includes regular workshops from senior members of chambers during the first six, monthly in-house advocacy training during the second six, and seminars on interesting and novel cases. These sessions also provide a valuable opportunity to allow pupils to get to know members of chambers, away from court. We are a friendly set and take an interest in making sure our pupils are comfortable and well-supported and ensuring we get to know our pupils personally and professionally.

We offer a pupillage award of £30k, comprised of £15k in the first six months and a six-month zones1-2 travelcard and a guaranteed income in £15k in the second six months. By the third six, pupils will be conducting entirely their own cases and can expect to earn in excess of £15k. None of our pupils pay rent and for the first three years of tenancy, new tenants pay reduced rent to 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. Assuming that no further money is forthcoming from government, how should the backlog of trials in the Crown Court be reduced? (1000 words)
  2. We are looking for a candidate who is genuinely committed to a career at the criminal bar, which can at times be very hard, especially in the early years. What would you say to convince us that you are that candidate? (1000 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.