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Crown Office Chambers - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Crown Office Chambers
Head of AETO:
Andrew Rigney QC and Alexander Antelme QC
Address of AETO:
Crown Office Chambers
2 Crown Office Row, Temple
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Civil and Commercial
Practice areas:
Commercial; Health and Safety; Inquiries and Inquests; Insurance and Reinsurance; Personal Injury; Product Liability; Professional Negligence; Clinical Negligence; Property Damage; Sports law; ADR; Construction; Energy & Engineering; Criminal Regulatory & Environmental; Industrial Disease
Specialist services:
Arbitration; Mediation; Pro Bono; Public Access Work; Adjudication; International Arbitration
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
Crown Office Chambers offers up to three pupillages, each with an award of £75,000 plus earnings retained from second six. A drawdown of up to £20,000 from the pupillage award is available in advance.

Crown Office Chambers is a leading set within numerous practice areas, principally with a civil or commercial focus. There are some 100 tenants in Chambers including 24 QCs. Members of Chambers feature regularly in leading cases across all our specialisms.

We are inviting applications for pupillage from outstanding law and non-law graduates. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups including women, those from black or other ethnic minority backgrounds, those with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Applications for pupillage are assessed and determined solely on merit.

We are ranked consistently by the directories in practice areas including: commercial litigation; professional negligence; insurance and reinsurance; construction and energy; international arbitration; personal injury; clinical negligence; health & safety; inquests & public inquiries.

Our members appear regularly across the full spectrum of courts and tribunals, both in UK-based litigation and international arbitration.

We offer up to three pupillages each year. All pupillages are offered with a view to tenancy and we emphasise that pupils are not in competition with one another. All pupils who meet the standards for tenancy will be offered it.

During First Six, pupils will sit with two different supervisors each for a three-month period. During Second Six, pupils will sit with a third supervisor for six months and will be receiving regular instructions in their own right throughout that period.

Advocacy is a key focus of Chambers’ expertise, and therefore all pupils will obtain substantial advocacy experience during Second Six by attending County Court and other hearings up to 3-4 times per week.

There will be an opportunity to experience work in all core areas of Chambers’ practice. This is intended to facilitate a varied and interesting pupillage whilst also to provide a firm foundation for tenancy.

The current pupillage award is £75,000. In addition, pupils will retain all earnings from Second Six which – given the frequency of instructions – can add significantly to the overall remuneration from pupillage.

A drawdown of up to £20,000 from the pupillage award is available in advance. There are also generous concessions on Chambers’ expenses in the early years of tenancy.

We assess applicants for pupillage by reference to the following objective criteria:
- Intellectual ability / analytical skills
- Advocacy potential (oral and written skills including clarity and persuasiveness)
- Potential to be a successful barrister (including: determination, organisational skills, interpersonal skills, sound judgement)
- Interest in Chambers
- Integrity
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. 1. Why do you wish to become a barrister? (100 words)
  2. 2. Please identify any relevant experiences or skills that evidence your ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form. (200 words)
  3. 3. Please identify any other relevant experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career at the Bar. (200 words)
  4. 4. Please set out your exam results from tertiary education (undergraduate degree level, and above if applicable). This should include the marks you achieved in each paper or module. If you studied outside the UK, please explain the marking system applied to your exam results. (1000 words)
  5. 5. What areas of legal practice are of most interest to you, and why? (200 words)
  6. 6. Why do you wish to practise at Crown Office Chambers? (100 words)
  7. 7. Please identify a decided case within one of Crown Office Chambers’ practice areas from the past twelve months that you find interesting, and explain why. (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.