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Chavasse Court - 12 Months - September 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Chavasse Court Chambers
Head of AETO:
Mr Michael Bagley
Address of AETO:
22 Queen Avenue
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Pro Bono
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£12,000 - £19,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
September 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Chavasse Court Chambers has an excellent reputation as a busy and strong set of chambers with formidable advocacy experience in defending and prosecuting serious crime. We have outstanding clerks who have built long standing working relationships with many local solicitors and beyond.

Pupils will accordingly be given the platform to forge a busy and successful practice at the Criminal Bar. We are known for our down to earth approach with clients and solicitors.

We are seeking a well-rounded candidate with excellent interpersonal and advocacy skills. We encourage applications from any candidate who is determined to succeed at the Criminal Bar regardless of their background. Applications will be judged on merit.

Pupillage is offered with a view to tenancy and therefore significant time and commitment is invested in pupils to ensure they are supported, promoted and encouraged to succeed.

The pupillage award will take the form of a grant for the first six months of pupillage, which meets the minimum award as specified annually by the Bar Council (including travel expenses from chambers to court) and guaranteed earnings during the second six months. Historically most pupils usually exceed the guaranteed earnings level.

How to apply
1.Application is by way of Curriculum Vitae and a one page covering letter which should be emailed to

2.The application should be accompanied by a completed Diversity Data monitoring form, which can be downloaded from the pupillage section on our website. The form will be kept separate and will not feature in any decision to interview or recruit.

3.The application email should be headed: “Candidate’s SURNAME First Name – Pupillage Application.”

4. The application email should have 3 attachments:

4.1 Letter (File Name: “Candidate’s SURNAME, first name - Letter”)
4.2 CV (File Name: “Candidate’s SURNAME First Name - CV”)
4.3 Diversity Monitoring Form (File Name: “Candidate’s Initials, Diversity Monitoring Form”)

5. Applications not sent in the correct format, as stated above, may not be considered.

6. The deadline for applications will follow that set down in the Pupillage Gateway, opening at 11am on Monday 5th January and closing at 2pm on Monday 9th February 2022.

7. Chambers has two rounds of interviews, which will be held in March/April 2022. The second round of interviews will include an advocacy exercise. All candidates will be assessed against agreed selection criteria.

8. Offers will be made on 6th May 2022.

9. Applications are first considered and graded to enable a shortlist to be drawn up. The selection of the shortlist is decided at a meeting of those who have graded the applications, including the Head of Pupillage (who also attends the final interviews), and is monitored for
compliance with our Equality & Diversity code.

10. The final interviews are conducted by a panel, consisting of a number of Members of Chambers of varying seniority in accordance with the timetable established by the Pupillage Gateway Scheme. All candidates will be assessed against the agreed selection criteria and in comparison with other applicants.

11. Chambers is an equal opportunities employer and will endeavour to accommodate any requests for special requirements.