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XXIV Old Buildings - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
XXIV Old Buildings
Head of AETO:
Alan Steinfeld QC
Address of AETO:
XXIV Old Buildings
Lincoln's Inn
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Chancery and commercial litigation
Practice areas:
Arbitration; Aviation; Banking and Financial Services; Civil Fraud; Company; Court of Protection; Energy; Partnership and Joint Ventures; Pensions; Professional Negligence; Sports law; Trusts; Probate; Estates; Art & Media; Asset Tracing & Recovery; Construction & Projects; Oil & Gas; Hedge Funds & Structured Investment Vehicles; Insolvency; International & Offshore; Mediation; Real Estate Litigation
Specialist services:
Mediation; Public Access Work; Pro Bono; Licensed Access; Arbitration; CLIPS
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
2 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Leading commercial chancery set XXIV Old Buildings comprises 44 barristers (including 10 QCs) whose rich and diverse practices are united by a specialisation in chancery and commercial work, and membership of a friendly and forward-thinking chambers supported by a dynamic practice management team.

XXIV Old Buildings is renowned for the breadth and depth of expertise of its members, whom Chambers & Partners recognise as having been “involved in some of the most significant commercial cases going through the chancery division in recent years.” In recent years, Chambers and Partners awarded our head of chambers, Alan Steinfeld QC, its coveted lifetime achievement award, chambers has been named “Chancery Set of the Year”, Bajul Shah has been named “Chancery Junior of the Year”, and Edward Cumming QC and Elizabeth Weaver were, respectively, shortlisted for “Chancery Silk of the Year” and “Chancery Junior of the Year”.

Our barristers are regularly instructed in cases that go from the courtroom to the textbook – from Foskett v McKeown, Choithram v Pagarani and Schmidt v Rosewood, to Rubin v Eurofinance, Patel v Mirza and Wood v Capita.

We are distinguished by our unrivalled reputation for international and cross-border litigation, an area in which we are recognised as “pioneers in the field”. As well as appearing in courts and tribunals at every level in England and Wales, members of chambers frequently appear as advocates, offer advice, act as arbitrators and work alongside other lawyers in jurisdictions around the world, including the USA,
the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, the United Arab Emirates, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Mauritius, Malaysia, Gibraltar, China (including Hong Kong), Kazakhstan, Singapore, and Samoa. We are unique in having offices in Geneva in addition to our home in Lincoln’s Inn.

Today’s pupils are tomorrow’s tenants and the future of chambers. We therefore pride ourselves on our fair and rigorous application process, which we believe our applicants deserve and appreciate. We do not invite or process applications using the Pupillage Gateway application platform, and do not believe you should be limited in the number of sets to which you can apply. Instead we have have developed and manage our own application process – inviting applications using our own simple online form available at – to take account of the fact that pupillage applications are time-consuming and that applicants are likely to have other academic and work commitments. We believe that our system allows us to select the best candidates for pupillage, irrespective of background.

We look for candidates with strong academic qualifications (a first or 2:1 class degree, not necessarily in law, although we consider lower class degrees if you suffered mitigating circumstances), intellectual ability, sound common sense and judgment and enthusiasm for the type of work in which we specialise. We aim to identify potential to become great advocates and successful tenants in our chambers. We take account of high grades in post-graduate law qualifications if they are relevant to our area of practice.

We take particular pride in our transparent, fair, rigorous, and friendly application process. We operate an equal opportunities policy and recruit without regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, gender re-assignment, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, religion or belief, fertility health, pregnancy, or maternity.

As well as aiming to recruit the best applicants, we invest heavily in our pupils’ time with us – and their training – to build on our ongoing success. We think that we can offer you one of the most enjoyable, well-structured and generously funded pupillages at the Bar – and we hope those who apply successfully will agree.

We are offering three pupillages from October 2023 (each with an award of at least £67,500, a quarter of which may be drawn down in advance), and our clear aim will be to offer tenancy to all three pupils in due course.

(We are also advertising separately, for the first time, a pupillage to begin in just a few months’ time – October 2022 – to an exceptional candidate who is able to begin pupillage within that timeframe. Applicants for this pupillage will be assessed alongside applicants for pupillage commencing in October 2023. Please see our separate advertisement for further details.)
How to apply
XXIV Old Buildings conducts its own bespoke application process for pupillage. Full details, including the selection policy, are available in the Pupillage and Recruitment Policy on our website at

We do not think that you should be limited in the number of sets to which you can apply, and by developing and managing our own application process – which takes account of the fact that pupillage applications are time-consuming and that applicants are likely to have other academic and work commitments – we believe we have formulated a rigorous and fair system that allows us to select the best candidates for pupillage, irrespective of background. Our carefully-designed pathway, from application to offer, is part of our commitment to equality and diversity at the Bar.

We therefore invite applications between 11am on Wednesday 5 January 2022 and 2pm on Wednesday 9 February 2022 (i.e. in accordance with the Pupillage Gateway timetable) using our own (genuinely short, and, we hope, genuinely user-friendly and straightforward) bespoke online form, available at N.B. We do not use the Pupillage Gateway application platform to process or administer our applications.

Following 2pm on Wednesday 9 February 2022:

1. All applicants will receive details by email of how to perform an online aptitude test, which will have to be completed during the week ending 11 February 2022. Please email our Pupillage Co-ordinator, Edward Cumming QC, (at as soon as possible if you think we might be able to make any reasonable accommodations to cater for your particular circumstances.

2. Those candidates who perform well below average on the aptitude test will be eliminated. We shall then assess and score the application forms of the top-scoring candidates on the test, and combine that score with their aptitude test scores. The 40 candidates with the highest combined scores will be invited to interview. If you are invited to interview we shall ask you to send a CV and covering letter to chambers a couple of days before your interview (such that it may make sense to prepare these in advance).

3. The interviews will be in a structured format and be at least around 20 minutes long. We will endeavour to conduct them in chambers in the week commencing 14 February 2022 (probably during the afternoons of Wednesday 16 February 2022 and Thursday 17 February 2022), but – depending on the public health situation – may make alternative suggestions. Please note that applicants’ application forms and aptitude test scores will not be made available to the interviewers.

4. The 12 candidates who perform best at interview will be invited to the final round selection day. We will endeavor to conduct this in chambers – subject to the public health situation – and anticipate that it will involve you being invited to prepare for and take part in (i) an advocacy exercise, (ii) a group discussion exercise, and (iii) an unseen written exercise. You will also have some talks from our tenants about our chambers and our work. The day is likely to last from about 9.30am until about 5pm and – again subject to the public health situation – our intention is for it to take place on Saturday 19 February 2022. We suggest that you ensure, before you apply, that you can come to London for the whole of that day. The aim of the day is not only for us to evaluate your potential as pupils and tenants of chambers, but also to give you an opportunity to learn more about us and our work.

5. Offers of pupillage will be made at 9am on Friday 6 May 2022 (i.e. in accordance with the Pupillage Gateway timetable).

If you have any questions or concerns about our pupillage application process, please contact our Pupillage Co-ordinator, Edward Cumming QC, by email at

You can also follow us on Twitter (@XXIVpupillage) for further updates.

Full details of the selection process, including the objective criteria which we apply throughout the process, are in our Pupillage and Recruitment Policy.