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New Square Chambers - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
New Square Chambers
Head of AETO:
Nicholas Le Poidevin QC
Address of AETO:
12 New Square
Lincoln's Inn
AETO's website address:
Practice areas:
Commercial; Insolvency and Restructuring; Trusts; Property; Civil Fraud; Company
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Adjudication; CLIPS; Arbitration; Licensed Access; Mediation; Pro Bono
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
We are a collegiate and friendly set, with a strong track record of recruiting pupils who go on to have successful careers at the Bar. We recruit one pupil per annum, for a 12-month pupillage starting in October. Pupils will be exposed to a broad range of Chambers’ work through having a number of different supervisors. Further, there is ample opportunity for pupils to be instructed and appear in Court in their own right in the second six-months of pupillage.

Why choose New Square Chambers?

If you are interested in business and property law, be it trusts, wills, company and commercial disputes, civil fraud, insolvency or real property, and want to undertake pupillage at one of the leading commercial chancery sets, then we might be the Chambers for you. Many of our members, across the breadth of seniority in Chambers, are ranked as leaders in their particular specialist fields, and appear in significant cases both in England and Wales, and offshore jurisdictions.

Pupillage at New Square Chambers is an intense, but rewarding and mentally stimulating experience. We aim to provide you with the skills and experience that you will need to build a fantastic career. You will be supported throughout your pupillage, both by virtue of our “open door” policy and through pastoral support from the pupillage team.

At New Square Chambers, we are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion at the Bar through recruitment. We run a number of initiatives specifically targeted to prospective pupillage applicants, including our Social Mobility Mini-Pupillage and seminar programmes for prospective applicants. We strongly encourage applications from female, BAME, disabled and socially mobile candidates.

What we look for in applicants

We assess pupillage applicants in accordance with the criteria which we consider are necessary or desirable for pupils and prospective tenants to have, including but not limited to:

- We would generally expect candidates to have a 2:1 or above at undergraduate degree level and a "Very Competent” on the BTC (or equivalent);

N.B. we welcome applications from candidates who have an atypical educational background, and encourage them to demonstrate other exceptional personal achievement and motivation when applying. Additionally, we, of course, take into account extenuating circumstances.

- Oral advocacy skills;
- Written advocacy skills;
- Good communication skills, orally and writing;
- Analytical ability;
- Interpersonal skills;
- A commitment to the Bar;
- A commitment to or interest in one or more of Chambers’ practice areas;
- Focus and drive;
- An ability to deal with conflict, stressful and difficult situations; and
- An ability to work independently.

Pupillage Structure

We offer one 12-month pupillage, terminable after six months by either Chambers or our pupil, which carries an award of £65,000. Pupils undertake four “seats” of three months, each with a different pupil supervisor, in order to experience the full range of Chambers’ work. However, pupils will also be exposed to the practices of other members of Chambers, and are encouraged to undertake work for a number of other members of Chambers.

How to apply

Chambers recruits through Pupillage Gateway. We do not accept, and will not consider, applications made other than through Pupillage Gateway, unless candidates request a reasonable adjustment.

The submission window for applications for pupillage commencing in October 2023 will close on 9 February 2022 at 14:00. Two rounds of interviews will take place between 15 February 2022 and 6 May 2022; successful candidates will be notified through Pupillage Gateway of the status of their application.

Any offer of pupillage will be made on 6 May 2022.
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. What, in your view, are the three most important skills for a barrister to have? Please explain why you have them. (200 words)
  2. Should alternative dispute resolution before trial be mandatory? (450 words)
  3. Is it important for the Bar to be representative, diverse and/or inclusive? Please give reasons for your answer. (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.