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6KBW College Hill - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
6KBW College Hill
Head of AETO:
Simon Dension QC
Address of AETO:
6KBW, 21 College Hill
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Test Crime; Crime; Extradition; Public Law; Civil; International Law
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Pro Bono
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£50,000 - £59,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
9 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
6KBW College Hill is an outstanding, top-ranked set in the fields of criminal and public law. Seventeen of our members are QCs, thirteen are or have been Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey, and nine are on the Attorney General’s panels of civil counsel. Our members have been involved in many of the highest profile and most difficult criminal cases of the last fifty years. We act for both the prosecution and defence, and for both sides in public law challenges. Tenants from our chambers regularly appear in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Divisional Court. Our members also appear in cases around the world, including before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Our main areas of work include general crime, fraud, corporate crime and investigations, extradition, inquests, public inquiries, and a wide range of public and civil law work relating to the criminal justice system.

We are positive about the future of the criminal Bar and wish to select the brightest and the best candidates, regardless of their background. For that reason, we offer the highest pupillage award at the criminal Bar, of a guaranteed minimum of £50,000. Anything earned in excess of this is kept by the pupil.

As a pupil at 6KBW College Hill you will be assigned to one pupil supervisor for each four-month period, although you should expect to work for a number of our members. You will also participate in our in-house pupillage training programme. In addition to sessions on the law and advocacy, the training programme includes a mock trial in front of a District Judge and a mock trial at the Old Bailey in front of a resident judge. We are proud of the success of our training programme and we aim to give our pupils the best possible grounding for a career at the modern Bar.

Nearly all of our pupils obtain tenancy with us or elsewhere; in recent years, all of our pupils who have applied have been offered tenancy with us.
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. What is the most interesting thing that you have read recently and why? (100 words)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. Which skills and characteristics are the hallmarks of a good advocate? (200 words)
  5. What is the greatest challenge you have faced so far? (200 words)
  6. How would your friends describe you? (200 words)
  7. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.