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Colleton Chambers - 12 months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Colleton Chambers
Head of AETO:
Mark Whitehall
Address of AETO:
Colleton Crescent
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Common Law
Practice areas:
Crime; Family; Civil; Employment
Specialist services:
Public Access Work
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
3 October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Colleton Chambers is located in Exeter and has been serving the communities of the West of England with legal advice and advocacy for 50 years.

As a well established set we have weathered the difficulties of the pandemic and are able to offer two 12 month pupillages starting in October 2022 with funding of £25,000 each. An initial £5,000 is payable in August to help with relocation, followed by £10,000 grant during the first six and £10,000 guarantee of earnings during the second six.

One pupillage will focus on crime whilst the other will focus on employment and civil law. The criminal pupil will be allocated a supervisor for the duration of their pupillage. The employment and civil pupil will be allocated two pupillage supervisors and complete rotations of 3 months in each of the two legal areas.

Chambers values advocacy skills and considers it is vital that all pupils secure a solid foundation and opportunity to practice and develop their advocacy. Regardless of the area in which a pupil specialises, both pupils will spend two weeks on secondment with the Crown Prosecution Service at the end of their first six. Thereafter, in addition to work in their specialism, both pupils will be expected to accept instructions from the Crown Prosecution Service in their second six in order to develop their advocacy.

During the 12-month pupillage, Chambers will also arrange a period of marshalling for each pupil with a local Judge in their chosen practice area. In respect of the civil/employment pupil, they will also have the opportunity to spend some time with a local firm of solicitors.

Successful applicants will spend time shadowing members of chambers both senior and junior.

We have a surfeit of work for second six pupils and our junior tenants.

Chambers fosters a friendly collegiate environment and as part of this approach will allocate a “buddy” to both pupils from among the junior tenants.

We only take on pupils when we are clear that there are tenancies available to those who successfully complete their pupillage. Over the past decade we have offered tenancies to every pupil to whom we have offered pupillage.

The successful applicants will have a strong academic background and be able to demonstrate aptitudes in both oral and written advocacy.

We have a strong team ethos and will expect our pupils to be team players.

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. Life isn't all about work, so tell us about your life outside the Bar. (150 words)
  2. Give us an example of when you have made a mistake and how you tackled the consequences. (150 words)
  3. Tell us about the most interesting piece of case law you have read. (150 words)
  4. In an age increasingly described as 'post-truth' why is the Rule of Law important? (100 words)
  5. What elements of your education so far have prepared you for the real life challenges of the Bar? (150 words)
  6. What has attracted you to the West Country? (150 words)
  7. Why are you drawn towards a career as a barrister and what particular branch of law are you aiming for? Within your answer, please indicate which pupillage vacancy you wish to apply for - Crime or Employment/Civil. (150 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.