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Farrar's Building - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Farrar's Building
Head of AETO:
Patrick Harrington QC
Address of AETO:
Farrar's Building, Temple, London
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Personal Injury
Practice areas:
Personal Injury; Employment and Industrial Relations; Commercial; Professional Negligence; Health and Safety; Inquiries and Inquests; Civil; Regulatory; Clinical Negligence; Employment; Contract
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation
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:
2 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Farrar's Building is offering two pupillages to start in October 2023.

The funding is £55,000 per pupillage, which will consist of a £27,500 award and a further £27,500 in guaranteed earnings.

Our policy is to look to the long term and recruit pupils who have the potential for a career with Farrar's Building. We are looking for dedicated people who are ready for the hard work and responsibility of practice to become our next generation. Former pupils have developed first-rate practices with Chambers. One of our present silks, Darryl Allen, undertook his pupillage here. Many previous pupils have had distinguished careers with Farrar's Building before taking judicial appointments on the Circuit and High Court bench.

Farrar's Building is a leading set with particular expertise in personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law. In addition members of Chambers specialise in commercial and insurance, professional negligence, health and safety, contract law, disciplinary and regulatory work, and public inquiries. Members of Chambers have appeared in many of the leading cases in these fields and are recommended in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. We have been instructed in many of the landmark PI cases including: Swift v Carpenter, Wells v Wells, Heil v Rankin, and Babcock International Limited v National Grid (Fairchild mesothelioma appeals). We also appeared in the Ladbroke Grove, Paddington and Hatfield rail disaster inquiries. Pupils are encouraged to get involved in these types of high profile claims and pupils in the past few years have had the opportunity to work on cases such as Rehill v Rider Holdings Ltd, Ali v Caton & MIB as well as the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry during their pupillage. Currently a number of our junior tenants are instructed on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a high level of intellectual ability, with a 2:1 degree or better, advocacy through work experience, debates or moots, ethical awareness and a commitment to pursuing a career at the Bar. We are looking for dedicated people who are ready for the hard work and responsibility of practice, to maintain Chambers as a dominant force. Members of Chambers have many varied outside interests and we welcome applications from candidates who can demonstrate interests and pursuits outside of the law.

We offer 12-month pupillages, organised in three four-month periods with pupil supervisors whose practices focus on different areas of specialisation. The pupil supervisor for the 'middle' four months will focus on preparing pupils for taking their own caseload and supporting them when it arrives. We provide pupils with a networked computer providing access to on-line law reports, e-mail and word processing facilities.

The £27,500 award will be payable in six equal monthly instalments during the first six months. During the second six months the pupil is guaranteed receipts of at least £27,500. Should receipts from billed work not add up to at least one sixth of this sum in any given month during the second six then Chambers will pay the difference at the end of the month. Any such payments shall be refundable to chambers from monies later received by the pupil in respect of work billed within their pupillage. In the unlikely event that such monies amount to less than £27,500 the difference shall be for the pupil to keep and shall not be refundable. Any amount billed by a pupil during the second six months in excess of £27,500 shall be theirs to keep. Awards and offers are all conditional on passing the BPTC.

Please see the following videos on our YouTube channel for more information:
(1) A day in the life of a Pupil, with Peter Savory
(2) Structure of pupillage
(3) The experience of a Second Six Pupil

Joshua Hedgman
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. Name one object of any nature that you would take with you to a desert island and then explain why in no more than five short sentences. (300 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)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.