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Guildford Chambers - Family Pupillage - 12 Months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Guildford Chambers
Head of AETO:
George Coates
Address of AETO:
Stoke House
Leapale Lane
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Family; Property; Civil litigation
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:
£12,000 - £19,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
3 October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Guildford Chambers has dedicated civil and family teams and is uniquely positioned to provide competitive and effective advocacy on behalf of individuals and businesses in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, London and the South East. We are currently offering a pupillage within our family team.


Each pupillage is for twelve months, subject to a continuous review of progress. The pupil will be allocated to a specific supervisor and will be rotated to other members to ensure exposure to the various areas of law covered by Guildford Chambers.

Towards the end of the first six, we will ensure that the pupil has spent some time with junior members of chambers to prepare them for the type of work they will typically undertake during their second-six.

During second six pupils will be kept busy, undertaking their own cases to gain the relevant experience required to complete pupillage successfully. Pupils appear in the lower courts and receive instructions to prepare written work.

Typically, the successful family applicant will gain experience in a range of family work, including private children and care, financial remedies, TOLATA related matters and domestic abuse work.

Whilst the financial award conforms to the required minimum, pupils can expect to earn within the range £20-35,000 during their pupillage.

In addition to the basic award, Guildford Chambers reimburses travel from Chambers, pays for the courses required to be undertaken during pupillage and makes a monthly payment towards lunches. An interest free loan is also available for the purchase of a laptop. We can offer flexible working and have a support package in place to accommodate parents.

The Candidate

Pupillage candidates will usually have a First Class or good Upper Second degree or will have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Law to the same standard. Candidates will usually have been awarded an Outstanding or Very Competent grade on the bar course.

Guildford Chambers is interested in well-rounded candidates from any background. We look for highly motivated individuals with outstanding intellectual ability, combined with a practical approach, sound judgment, an ability to develop good client relationships and the potential to become excellent advocates.

Though Guildford Chambers actively seeks to recruit tenants from its pupils, tenancy is not guaranteed. We do however look for applicants who show commitment to a future in Chambers should they be successful.
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 is the greatest challenge you have faced so far? (200 words)
  2. How would your friends describe you? (200 words)
  3. Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? In your answer, please identify any relevant experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
  4. Why do you want to join our chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice. (200 words)
  5. Please give details of your advocacy experience (up to three examples). (150 words)
  6. Tell us something interesting about you or your experiences, outside of your legal training. (150 words)
  7. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.