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QEB Hollis Whiteman - 12 Months - September 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
QEB Hollis Whiteman
Head of AETO:
Adrian Darbishire QC and Selva Ramasamy QC
Address of AETO:
QEB Hollis Whiteman
1-2 Laurence Pountney Hill
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Crime; Regulatory; Business and Corporate Crime; Inquiries and Inquests; Professional Discipline
Specialist services:
Public Access Work
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£40,000 - £49,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
September 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
QEB Hollis Whiteman is regarded nationally and internationally as a leading set. Based in the City of London, we are recognised for our expertise in: corporate and financial crime; general crime; professional regulation and discipline; health and safety; private prosecution; inquests, inquiries and public law. Our members are instructed in the most serious, high-profile and ground-breaking cases of the day and together we are considered amongst the elite in our respective fields.

The diversity of our tenants’ practices ensures that our pupils are involved in a wide range of work across mixed courts and tribunals.

Our barristers act for the defence, prosecution, appellants, respondents, interested parties, core participants, and as counsel to Public Inquiries.

Our work involves all levels of seniority, including the active participation of our pupils.

We provide first class advocacy and advisory services in all of our specialisms and we have an extended advocacy and mentor scheme in chambers that provides educational support during pupillage and through much of a barrister’s junior years at the bar.

As a pupil at QEB Hollis Whiteman you will receive continual support and commitment from our dedicated pupil supervisors. No two days are the same and you will be in the company of professionals who enjoy mentoring and sharing their experience and expertise.

The First Six

At QEB Hollis Whiteman, pupillage is split into a 6-month ‘first six’ and a 6 month ‘second six’ and after these 12 months, all being well, your pupillage will be certified. After the completion of your pupillage, you will be invited to apply to join chambers as a tenant, usually around four months following completion of pupillage. During this intervening period, you will practice as a barrister within Chambers under the continuing supervision of a member of Chambers.

The Bar is a stressful profession. In working closely with their pupil supervisor, the pupil will be involved in the problem solving, decision-making and advocacy that make up a barrister’s daily working life.

They will also be asked to give assistance to other barristers in chambers. Not only does this help them but it enables the pupil to have their work seen by a wide selection of tenants.

Pupils will probably be at court for the majority of their first six. As they approach their second six and their first brief, we ensure that pupils go to court with our most junior tenants, this allows them to watch the type of work that the pupil will soon be doing.

Advocacy Training

Throughout the first six, (having had a few weeks to settle in) we run an in-house course of advocacy classes for first six pupils, which are attended by barristers of all levels of seniority, including the Heads of Chambers. These courses lead to a mock trial at the Old Bailey in March each year in front of Old Bailey Judges. By the time this moment comes our pupils are fully prepared to take on anything!

The Second Six

The extended ‘second six’ at QEB Hollis Whiteman, from March to January of the following year, allows us to get to know pupils as well as possible and allows them the opportunity of building their practice before the tenancy decision is taken.

Each successive generation of pupils provides valuable help and encouragement to their successors during the five months that their careers overlap.

Once pupils start their second six months, they begin to demonstrate the benefits of all the training they have done. They will be in court very soon and, if our recent pupils are an accurate guide, they are likely to be appearing in court four or five times a week.

The initial work they do will be in Magistrates’ Courts, then mentions and applications in the Crown Court. We would not allow our pupils to do a jury trial until very late into their training, and then only once their pupil supervisor certifies that they are ready and competent to do such a case.

Our pupils are always busy but the Bar is a market profession and we depend on solicitors to send us work. They expect us to give them and their clients the highest quality of service. Our reputation within the Criminal Bar depends on our ability to do just that.

Equal Opportunities

QEB Hollis Whiteman is committed to equal opportunities and does not discriminate on the grounds of race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic and national origin), sex, pregnancy and maternity, disability, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, religion or belief, age, or gender assignment. If a successful candidate has a disability, we will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments.

QEB Hollis Whiteman is committed to assisting the Bar to become as diverse and inclusive as possible. To this end, we encourage applications from university students and post-graduates from less advantaged backgrounds and those from minority ethnic communities.

How to apply
We do not use the Pupillage Gateway, please visit our website for further information and to download the application form.