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Furnival Chambers - 12 Months - October 2016

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Furnival Chambers
Head of AETO:
Sally O'Neill QC & Oliver Blunt QC
Address of AETO:
30-32 Furnival Street
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Test Crime; Crime; Extradition; Regulatory and disciplinary
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:
4 May 2016 at 5:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2016
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Furnival Chambers is a thriving set specialising in defending and prosecuting the full spectrum of criminal cases. Members of chambers are also actively involved in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. Our tenants are involved in the most serious cases across the country.

Furnival is proud that 10 of our pupils have become tenants in the last 5 years, all of whom are now thriving and developing busy practices.

We are looking for independent, tenacious candidates who have a talent for communicating with a wide range of people and have a strong commitment to criminal law. They should be able to demonstrate an eye for detail and sound analytical skills. We encourage candidates who have not achieved at least a 2.1 in their degree to explain any exceptional circumstances that may have affected the result.

Our pupils primarily shadow their pupil supervisors for the first six months but arrangements are also made to follow other members of chambers to ensure that they get to see a wide range of work and different styles of advocacy.

At the start of pupillage each pupil is designated a ‘godparent’ (a younger tenant in chambers) to help them ease into chambers life and help them with any queries that they might have.

In their first six months our pupils benefit from our weekly in-house advocacy course. In our advocacy sessions, members of chambers (junior tenants to silks) take an active role in developing the skills of our pupils. We consider this an important part of pupillage and a way of ensuring our pupils get the opportunity to learn from as many tenants as possible.

Furnival provides pupils with £9,000 during the first six (paid in monthly installments) and guarantees an income of £9,000 during the second six (paid in monthly installments). During this second six most pupils can expect to earn more than £9000, and no pupil will pay any rent to Chambers until they have earned a rent-free £10,000.
How to apply
Furnival is an ‘off OLPAS’ set. We ask all applicants to provide a CV accompanied by a covering letter. These should be sent for the attention of the Pupillage Committee at:

Applicants have from the 4th April 2016 to the 4th May 2016 to apply. Interviews will take place in July 2016. We will only have one round of interviews. The Pupillage Committee will announce their decision on the 1st August 2016.