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Red Lion Chambers - 18 months - September 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Red Lion Chambers
Head of AETO:
Anthony Shaw QC and Gillian Jones QC
Address of AETO:
18 Red Lion Court
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Specialist services:
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
5 September 2023
Pupillage type:
18 month pupillage
Why Choose Us

We are one of the largest and highest ranked criminal sets in the country. Our work is challenging, rewarding, varied and often attracts public and media attention. We have a progressive work culture that allows candidates with exceptional ability to flourish.

Our set is home to over 100 barristers including 25 Queen’s Counsel (over a third of whom are female) and a number of Crown Court Recorders. Many of our former members have been appointed to the judiciary, both as circuit and High Court judges. Our ex-Head of Chambers, Max Hill QC, now Director of Public Prosecutions, held positions as Leader of the Criminal Bar Association, and the South Eastern Circuit. Those who gain pupillages with us therefore have access to an extensive pool of knowledge and expertise. By working alongside a diverse range of experienced specialists, pupils will learn from some of the best practitioners currently serving at the Bar.

Our members have a collaborative working approach and our practice groups are designed to disseminate knowledge and develop group expertise in a number of specialist areas. Those who gain pupillage with us will therefore be able to train alongside a range of experienced specialists.

Our pupils are also welcomed into the social life of chambers. We pride ourselves on being a friendly, approachable set, and there are regular opportunities to meet and mingle with members at all levels in an informal context. There are regular events in chambers, including talks and social networking events organised by our juniors, lectures and CPD sessions, monitoring groups that meet to discuss developments in a variety of areas of law and IT, dinners and celebrations.

We are committed to wellbeing and have offered courses on Mindfulness and Wellbeing to our members. We provide access to Mindfulness materials and information about support services in our common room and on our intranet. We have a mentoring scheme to encourage and support junior members of chambers. Specifically for pupils, the Education and Training Committee hold regular office hours to allow any issues or concerns to be raised. In addition, our Wellbeing Committee offer their support for any other issues or concerns or confidential advice sought. Pupils are entitled to four weeks’ holiday in the first 12 months of pupillage. We have policies on grievance/complaints, illness, bereavement and maternity/paternity.

Our historic reputation for excellence alongside our warm and collegiate team environment regularly attracts talent from other chambers. Ultimately, it is our heritage, values, skill and passionate belief in representation for all, that bind us together as one of the country’s most respected and admired legal teams.


Red Lion chambers offers up to two pupillages per annum. Upon completion of 12 months of pupillage, Chambers will invite some, or all, pupils, to complete a further six months pupillage prior to consideration of any tenancy applications. In exceptional circumstances a tenancy application will be considered after completion of 12 months pupillage. Pupillage may be terminated at the conclusion of 12 months pupillage by either the pupil or chambers.

Pupils will generally have one pupil supervisor every four months to ensure they observe a wide range of work and are able to draw from different working practices and approaches. Pupils will spend some time at our Chelmsford Annexe, allowing them the opportunity to meet all members of chambers and to further develop their professional connections.

In the second and third six month periods, pupils can expect to be both in the magistrates and Crown court, usually on a daily basis, and sometimes twice a day. Pupils begin to develop their own practice, and will continue to be involved with that of their supervisor, and other members of chambers.


Chambers enjoys an outstanding reputation for advocacy. We are particularly proud of our in-house advocacy training run by Queen’s Counsel and members of chambers throughout pupillage.
• A full programme is designed and delivered throughout the year, helping our pupils develop their skills, so as to ensure pupils starting their second six pupillage are well-equipped for courtroom trial advocacy. This training continues throughout the second six months of pupillage.
• The regular exercises reflect the full range of skills required in tactical advocacy and witness handling. The exercises include bail applications, pleas in mitigation, examination in chief, cross-examination, speeches and legal argument.
• The sessions also cover written work. Pupils gain experience in drafting attendance notes, agendas, case summaries and openings, skeleton arguments, and applications.
• Interactive workshops are held to address topics such as ethics, good conduct and client care. Just before the second six months of pupillage, our junior tenants host a training session on magistrates’ court procedure, etiquette and useful tips to help with the first few weeks of practice.
• We also invite guests into chambers to assist with advocacy sessions, including district and circuit judges.
• During the course of the year, our pupils have the opportunity to conduct a mock trial at a Crown Court. This year the mock trial will take place at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), judged by a circuit judge, with members of chambers acting as witnesses and jury. This is an invaluable opportunity for advice and feedback.


Chambers Pupillage package provides our pupils with a minimum of £40,000 over the course of their pupillage. The way this is calculated is broken down in the list below, together with a number of other benefits that we offer:

Chambers will provide the following funding and opportunities for all 12 month pupils:
(i) Funding of £25,000 over 12 months paid by way of monthly instalments.
(ii) Guaranteed minimum earnings of £15,000 during the second six months of pupillage, with earnings thereafter.
(iii) Chambers will pay for all compulsory courses undertaken during pupillage.
(iv) Chambers offers an interest free loan scheme to our pupils wishing to purchase a laptop for work use.

Chambers understands the difficulties facing those who enter the profession at the most junior level. To that end during the second six month and third six month periods of pupillage Chambers does not require our pupils to pay rent or clerks commission on any earnings. Chambers makes monthly payments in advance for all outstanding age debt amounts, so that our pupils do not have any owed income.
Application process.

We seek to recruit candidates who have an impressive academic record and a real talent for advocacy, a commitment to our practice areas and the determination and potential to excel at the bar. Our application process is undertaken in strict accordance with the principles of fair recruitment and equal opportunities.

We invite applications from candidates who will have completed the academic and vocational stages of their training before Monday 5 September 2023.

We conduct our recruitment process in accordance with the principles of Fair Recruitment, the Equality Act 2010 and the BSB’s equality guidance. This includes anonymising application forms before they are marked, ensuring all our markers have received Fair Recruitment training, conducting standardisation exercises with markers and using fixed criteria, based upon the Professional Statement Competences, to assess applicants via the application forms and during interview. Our application process comprises three stages: (i) application form screening, (ii) a short first round interview at which applicants will be expected to debate a topic of general interest and answer questions of general legal knowledge, and (iii) a longer second interview at which applicants will be asked to conduct an advocacy exercise, answer questions relating to professional ethics and the life of the barrister and discuss their skills and experience. Details of our assessment criteria for our application process can be found on our website:

Please note: Red Lion Chambers no longer assesses applicants based upon their secondary education. Furthermore, if an applicant’s academic achievement at university and post-graduate level does not reflect their academic ability, the applicant is invited to explain these mitigating circumstances on the application form and provide other evidence on the form of academic ability. First round interviews will be conducted remotely, and second round interviews will be conducted in person.

Candidates are invited to inform us of any reasonable adjustments they may require.

Application form available to download from our website- Thursday 25 November 2021
Applications open- Wednesday 5 January 2022, 11:00(AM)
Applications close- Wednesday 9 February 2022, 14:00(PM)
Notification to applicants of the outcome of paper applications- Friday 25 March 2022
First round interviews- Saturday 9 April 2022
Notification to applicants of the outcome of first round interviews- Friday 15 April 2022
Second round interviews- Saturday 30 April 2022
Notification to applicants of the outcome of second round interviews- on Friday 6 May 2022

How to apply
Applicants will be able to download our pupillage application form directly from our website from 25 November 2021. Applications open for submission on 5 January 2022.

Forms are required by no later than 5pm on 9 February 2022. Please note, when uploading completed applications forms, you will be required to complete an Equality and Opportunity Monitoring Form before you can submit your application.