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Guildhall Chambers - General Civil - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Guildhall Chambers
Head of AETO:
Anna Vigars QC
Address of AETO:
23 Broad Street
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Employment and Industrial Relations; Administrative; Public Law; Clinical Negligence; Commercial; Costs; Employment; Equality and Discrimination; Personal Injury; Property and Land; Professional Regulation; Sports law; Crime; Court of Protection; Insolvency and Restructuring; Regulatory
Specialist services:
Mediation; Public Access Work; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration)
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£40,000 - £49,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Guildhall Chambers is a standout set on the Western Circuit and one of the UK’s leading multidisciplinary sets with a national reputation for formidable advice, advocacy and client service. We are described in the directories as “an amazing set” offering “first-class“ service where “the quality all round is phenomenal”.

Chambers comprises over 80 barristers including 9 silks practising from Bristol and we also have office space in London. We are ranked by Legal 500 in 15 practice areas (and within those, we are a top-tier leading set in 12), with 86 individual rankings. Chambers & Partners ranks us as a top-tier leading set in 12 practice areas with 72 individual rankings. Furthermore, it distinguishes Chambers as being in the top 20 UK sets by number of rankings by practice area.

We are proud to be ranked so highly in all our core practice areas and this is highlighted by our continued successes in legal awards. Winning the ‘Set of the Year – Regional Bar’ award for Legal 500 in 2015; Winning the ‘Regional Set of the Year’ award for Chambers and Partners in 2017 and being shortlisted again in 2021; Being shortlisted for ‘Chambers of the Year’ award by the Bristol Law Society in 2018, 2019 & 2021.

Guildhall’s civil teams are Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury, Commercial, Employment & Discrimination, Insolvency and Property & Estates. More information about each of these areas can be found on our website.

Chambers is offering up to three civil pupillages to commence in October 2023. The successful candidates should expect the focus of their pupillage to be within one or more of Chambers’ compatible civil practice areas. In the second six, a pupil should expect to undertake work in civil areas beyond their principal areas of interest. Candidates are invited to specify in their application form the Chambers civil practice areas that they are most interested in. Chambers will tailor the pupillage considering the specialist practice areas agreed with the successful applicants.

Chambers is committed to ensuring that our pupils receive the highest quality training and guidance. Our aim is not only to ensure that our pupils excel in the necessary competencies within the Professional Statement, but that they also develop as individuals who are rounded and confident advocates, with the skills and insight they will require for a successful career at the Bar.

Pupils will be allocated one or more supervisors depending on the practice area(s) they will be specialising in. In their first six months, pupils will see a wide range of work within their specialist areas, including undertaking paperwork and shadowing members of chambers in court hearings and conferences etc. In the second six months, pupils will undertake their own cases.

Pupils progress is monitored closely by the supervisor(s) and the Heads of Pupillage and feedback is given regularly. Pupils will spend time with, and do work for, as many members of the team(s) as possible to gain maximum experience of different types and styles of work and levels of seniority. Members will provide constructive feedback to the pupil on every piece of work undertaken.

A Career at the Bar is incredibly rewarding; however, it is also challenging. That is why each pupil has, as well as a supervisor, a mentor who is another member of the team to whom he or she can turn in confidence if necessary. It is of great importance to Chambers that each pupil feels properly supported during what can be an exciting and daunting year. Our objective is to help each and every pupil fulfil their potential.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate intellectual ability, excellent communication / advocacy skills, and an ability to work under pressure as well as flexibility of thinking, sound judgment and good interpersonal skills. It is also desirable for candidates to be able to demonstrate an interest in and commitment to one, or a compatible combination of Chambers practice areas.

Our selection process aims to be rigorous and fair, and to comply with the Bar Standards Board Bar Qualification Manual and the Fair Recruitment Guide. We select pupils on ability and potential alone, without regard to disability, gender, race, age, and sexual orientation or political affiliation.

Financial level of support: £22,500 grant and £17,500 guaranteed earnings. £7500 can be drawn down in the vocational training year.
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. 1. Why do you believe you will make an exceptional barrister? In your answer, please identify the relevant experience and skills that you believe will help you in your career. (250 words)
  2. 2. Please give an example of a time when you have used advocacy skills in a non-legal and difficult situation to achieve a better outcome. (250 words)
  3. 3. Which of Guildhall’s core practice areas are you interested in and why? (250 words)
  4. 4. Please identify an important case or development in the law in the last year (relevant to our core practice areas) and explain why you find it interesting? (250 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.