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Garden Court Chambers: Specialist Crime Pupillage - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Garden Court Chambers
Head of AETO:
Judy Khan QC, Stephanie Harrison QC and Liz Davies
Address of AETO:
57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Civil; Actions Against the Police and Public Authorities; Civil Liberties; Community Care and Health; Mental Health & Court of Protection; Environment; Extradition; Family; Housing and Social Welfare; Immigration; International Law; Inquiries and Inquests; Planning; Professional Negligence; Criminal Defence; Employment; Gypsy and Traveller Rights; Nationality; Public and Administrative Law; Prison Law and Criminal Justice; Administrative; Public Law; Crime
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration); Pro Bono
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
9 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Garden Court Chambers was set up in 1974 by six young barristers determined that the spirit which inspired the early Law Centre movement should find a place at the Bar. A strong commitment to the Legal Aid system and to offering legal representation to those disadvantaged by poverty and discrimination formed our founding philosophy. Our areas of practice include civil actions against the police, civil liberties, community care, court of protection, criminal defence, employment, environmental law, extradition, family law, Gypsy and Traveller rights, housing, immigration, international law, inquests, mediation, mental health, nationality, planning, prison law, public and administrative law and professional negligence. Chambers now has over 200 members, with 26 QCs and though our range of work and clientele is immeasurably broader, our original commitment remains and underpins our practice.

One candidate will be offered comprehensive criminal defence training during a structured 12-month Specialist pupillage. This will involve working with leading practitioners in different areas of law. Pupils will be allocated a different supervisor for each six-month period. In the second six months of pupillage, our pupils tend to be in court on a daily basis. Additionally, pupils will benefit from internal courses in substantive law and advocacy.

All pupils will receive £35,000 over the 12 months of pupillage, comprising an award of £29,000 plus guaranteed earnings of £6,000 in the second six. Pupils will receive all earnings during their second six, which will not be subject to a management fee or Chambers' rent.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: applicants must note that this is a separate recruitment being run parallel to the Garden Court Chambers Generalist Pupillage. Applicants cannot apply to both Garden Court Chambers pupillage adverts. In doing so, your application will be ejected from consideration for both recruitment windows.

Chambers only recruits via the Pupillage Gateway. This applies to all candidates, including those with exemptions, in accordance with our commitment to recruiting pupils on an equal opportunities basis. Our First Round of pupillage interviews for shortlisted candidates will be on Saturday 16 April 2022. The Final Round of pupillage interviews will take place across Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May 2022. Candidates are encouraged to visit our website for further details

We have reopened applications for Mini Pupillages, but these are subject to taking place should the covid situation allow us to do so in a safe manner. Please visit our website for further details, for if anything was to change in this regard, we would publish this news on our website and on twitter (@gardencourtlaw)
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. BC1 - Why do you wish to become a barrister? (200 words)
  2. BC3 - Give reasons for your choice of chambers. (200 words)
  3. What is the greatest challenge you have faced so far? (200 words)
  4. Why are you interested in Criminal Defence? (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.