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Quadrant Chambers - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Quadrant Chambers
Head of AETO:
Poonam Melwani QC
Address of AETO:
10 Fleet Street
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Shipping; Aviation; Banking and Consumer Credit; Finance; Energy; Insurance; Insolvency and Restructuring; Shipbuilding; Chancery; Sports law; Media Law and Defamation; Commercial
Specialist services:
Arbitration; Mediation; Public Access Work
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:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
A pupillage at Quadrant Chambers will help you develop the skills, knowledge and sound judgement you need to succeed as a commercial barrister. We offer up to three fully-funded, 12 month pupillages every year. Each pupillage carries an award of £75,000 (the amount of the award is currently under review).

When to apply
The Pupillage Gateway will open for applications at 11am on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

For more information about the timetable, please see the "Apply for Pupillage" page.

What we're looking for
We award pupillages to candidates who we believe will thrive in the intellectually demanding and competitive world of the Commercial Bar.

A Quadrant barrister possesses excellent analytical abilities; outstanding communication skills, both written and oral; the ability to perform under pressure and, perhaps most importantly, ambition and drive to succeed.

We measure these qualities via assessment of your application, your academic records, extra-curricular activities and mooting performance. Shortlisted candidates will also be invited to interview.

Who can apply
Successful candidates have excellent academic records, with most having or predicted a first class degree. You need at least a high upper second degree to apply for pupillage.

Don’t be put off if you haven’t studied law. While many of our applicants read law in their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees, we welcome candidates who studied other rigorous academic disciplines.

What you will do
A pupil supervisor will oversee your training, monitor your work and answer any queries you may have during pupillage.

You are assigned three successive supervisors over the course of the pupillage: the first two for three months and the third for six months. We aim to place you with barristers with a range of practices so you can experience a wide variety of work.

We run a series of introductory lectures during the first few weeks of your pupillage on key areas of law and practice.

You can then expect to spend time drafting opinions, pleadings and skeleton arguments, assisting with legal research tasks and producing a monthly digest of important cases.

Pupils also have the opportunity to shadow their pupil supervisor at hearings and conferences.

How we assess your performance
As part of your training, you must complete a series of advocacy exercises and written assignments.

Your pupil supervisor also provides informal feedback on individual pieces of work so that you can measure your general progress. Additional practice and training exercises can be arranged if necessary.

Formal feedback is given at the end of each placement and tenancy decisions are made at the end of June. We award tenancy based principally on the views of the pupil supervisors and the pupil’s performance in assessed tasks.

There is no pre-imposed limit to the number of pupils who are offered tenancy each year – we solely look at whether you meet the required standard.

Funding for pupillages
The award of £75,000 may be advanced during the BPTC year at the pupillage committee’s discretion. Quadrant Chambers pays for any compulsory course that pupils are required to undertake.

You also have the opportunity to take on some fee-earning work during the final six months of the pupillage, the earnings of which can be retained on top of the pupillage award. While it isn’t possible for us to predict what you can earn during this period, in recent years pupils have earned an average of £10,000 and one as much as £22,450.

The Inns of Court all offer scholarships to help students fund their GDL and BPTC years. Details can be found at the following websites:

Applications for Pupillage at Quadrant Chambers commencing in October 2023 are available via the Pupillage Gateway which will open at 11am on Wednesday 5 January 2022 and close at 2pm on Wednesday 9 February 2022.

The Process

Quadrant Chambers has a three stage application process:

Stage One: Application via the Pupillage Gateway

Applicants should use the Pupillage Gateway online portal to submit their written application. We look for candidates with a very strong academic background, excellent communication skills, and the commitment and energy to succeed in the competitive world of the Commercial Bar.

Note that we use all seven of the available bespoke questions in the Gateway process.

We also ask every candidate to complete a RARE survey. This gives us contextualised information with regard to your A-level results and helps to promote increased diversity in our process.

To ensure fairness, each candidate’s written application is marked blind.

Stage Two: Test Set

Candidates who successfully pass Stage One are asked to complete a Test Set of papers and return them to Chambers to be marked. This will be a written problem which will enable us to assess how well applicants can marshal arguments and express themselves clearly and concisely. To ensure fairness, each candidate’s answer is marked blind by two Members of Chambers.

Stage Three: Short List Interview

The candidates who produce the best test set are invited to an interview with a panel of Members of Chambers. The aim of the interview is to further test candidates’ intellectual ability, analytical skills, judgment, and ability to think and express themselves clearly and persuasively under pressure.

Important Information

The Pupillage Gateway will open for applications at 11am on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

The deadline to apply is 2pm on Wednesday 9th February 2022.

The invitations to complete the written test set will be sent during the week commencing 14th March 2022 with test sets to be returned within one week.

Short-list interviews will be held during the week commencing 18th April 2022.

Offers will be made via the Gateway on Friday 6th May 2022.

Please note that all dates not associated with the Gateway are subject to change.

Equal Opportunities

Quadrant Chambers is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and this is reflected in our pupillage selection procedures.
Quadrant Chambers complies with all equal-opportunities legislation and keeps its procedures under review at all times.
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. Why do you think you will be a successful commercial barrister? What are the relevant skills, and why do you think you possess them? (250 words)
  2. What advocacy or mooting experience have you had? (150 words)
  3. What are your strengths and weaknesses as an advocate or communicator? (200 words)
  4. Tell us about a time when you failed to meet your, or someone else's expectations. How did you respond? What do you do differently now as a result? (250 words)
  5. Identify a change you would make to English law (constitutional, civil, or criminal) and explain why? (250 words)
  6. Why should we choose you? (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.