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One Pump Court - 12 months - October 2022 and October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
1 Pump Court
Head of AETO:
Address of AETO:
1 Pump Court, Elm Court
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Family; Housing and Social Welfare; Immigration; Community Care and Health; Crime; Inquiries and Inquests; Prison Law and Criminal Justice
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Pro Bono; Licensed Access
South eastern; London
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:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
We are recruiting for 3 pupillages to commence in October 2023 and 1 pupillage to commence in October 2022.

We offer 12-month pupillages funded by way of a grant for the London living wage, plus an allowance for out-of-London travel, plus the full retention of all earnings received in the second six in addition to the grant.

Pupils have the opportunity to complete periods of training across one or more specialist areas within Chambers: family, immigration, crime, and housing. There are also opportunities to gain experience in other areas including community care and prison law.

We are committed to publicly funded work and to ensuring access to justice. We seek to promote diversity and equality in all aspects of our work.

Chambers undertakes work at all levels, and members practise in the following specialist groups: family, crime and civil. Many members are also direct access qualified and Chambers actively promotes this avenue of work.

Family practitioners provide a multidisciplinary and socially responsible approach to family legal services in all areas of national and international law. Members specialise in public law and private law Children Act applications, as well as ancillary relief and cohabitee disputes. The family team has a large mediation group and is committed to developing a holistic ADR service for all client groups.

The crime group consists of an experienced team of barristers practising exclusively in criminal defence work. Members of the group provide representation to defendants charged with the whole range of criminal offences at every stage of criminal proceedings.

The civil group includes practitioners specialising in housing and immigration. Housing work concentrates on problems faced by tenants and the homeless. Our large immigration team is committed to both asylum and non-asylum work with a particular emphasis on representing vulnerable clients in the face of increasingly restrictive legislation.

Judicial review is an important area of work within chambers, particularly in respect of housing, education and immigration work.

Chambers works closely with law centres and other agencies who are addressing unmet legal needs. Some members are prominent in legal pressure groups and voluntary organisations, seeking to reform and improve the provision of legal services and access to justice. Chambers also operates a strong prison law team.

Chambers has a complaints procedure. Members are required to comply with Chambers’ quality codes by which standards are set, monitored and developed. Chambers has a strong commitment to equal opportunities and to combatting discrimination. Chambers select candidates solely on merit, seeking to ensure that we reflect the community that we serve.

Pupillage Selection Criteria:

1. Marking Applications

Applicants are awarded marks in each of the four criteria:

Written Communication and Presentation

Academic Achievement


(Applicants are marked on the basis of both their legal and non-legal experience, where skills developed or used would have application to practice at the bar. For example, this includes: developing legal knowledge; client-focused skills; public speaking or other forms of advocacy; knowledge and experience in related areas.)

Commitment to Human Rights and Access to Justice

(Applicants are marked on the extent to which they can evidence, by specific examples, their commitment to human rights and access to justice.)

All applications are marked in accordance with our criteria by at least two members of Chambers.

2. Interviews

We usually hold two rounds of interviews. During the pandemic, interviews were held remotely and as a result we decided to proceed with only one round. The candidates were also asked to complete a written exercise. The final arrangements for the upcoming round of interviews in spring 2022 will be confirmed nearer the time, and will be notified in due course to candidates who are invited to interview.

The interview process usually includes an advocacy exercise, and a short presentation on a subject chosen by candidates from a list of topical questions relevant to Chambers’ practice areas (both of these are prepared in advance), as well as a range of unseen questions.

Answers to all the questions and exercises are marked on the basis of the following criteria: advocacy, legal knowledge, and commitment to human rights and access to justice. These criteria are weighted differently depending on the question.

All interviews are conducted by a panel of members of Chambers and are observed by an equality, diversity and inclusion monitor.

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 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)
  2. BC2: 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)
  3. Which skills and characteristics are the hallmarks of a good advocate? (200 words)
  4. What is the greatest challenge you have faced so far? (200 words)
  5. How would your friends describe you? (200 words)
  6. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (200 words)
  7. Please specify whether you are applying to start pupillage in October 2022, October 2023, or either date. If either, please also specify whether you have a preference for 2022 or 2023, and if so why. Please note that this will not affect the selection process as all applications will be assessed on merit applying our criteria. (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.