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Pupillage

Temple Garden Chambers is committed to providing excellent training for the barristers of the future. We recognise that the continued success of the Bar and our Set of Chambers depends upon the people we recruit and how we prepare them for taking on their own practice. It is with this in mind that we currently offer two fully-funded 12-month pupillages each year.

This page contains further information about pupillage at Temple Garden Chambers. To navigate to a particular section, please use the following links:

Why choose Temple Garden Chambers?
The pupillage award
The pupillage structure
What you will do
Application Process
What are we looking for?
The next step – selection for tenancy
Early years of practice
Third six pupillage
Equality and diversity

Why choose Temple Garden Chambers?

Temple Garden Chambers is a leading civil law set with expertise in a number of different fields, as reflected in our repeated recognition in leading directories, such as Chambers UK and the Legal 500.

We recognise that in order to maintain our position at the forefront of our practice areas, we need to invest in our potential future tenants. With the majority of our junior tenants being former pupils, our pupillage process is central to Chambers’ development. We are dedicated to providing high quality training and support, not just to our pupils, but also to junior tenants.

The pupillage award

The total value of the pupillage award for each pupil is £50,000, comprised of a £32,500 tax-free grant, paid in equal instalments over the first six months, and guaranteed earnings of £17,500 in the second six months (although you may well earn more than that). We also offer the opportunity for our pupils to draw down up to £5,000 of the grant during their Bar Vocational Course year if required.

The pupillage structure

We want to offer you the opportunity to experience as broad a range of Chambers’ work as possibile during pupillage, and so each pupil usually has three Pupil Supervisors over the year. During the first, non-practicing six months, pupils will be placed with two separate Pupil Supervisors for a period of three months each. The second six months are spent with a further Pupil Supervisor, whose work you will see alongside beginning to develop your own practice, with our support.

What you will do

In the first six months of pupillage you will work alongside your Pupil Supervisors, becoming involved in whatever work they are doing. This does not mean that you will be providing administrative support. You may well be researching an important point of law, preparing a skeleton argument or pleading, drafting an advice, or attending court and conferences. Your Pupil Supervisor will take time to go through your work with you and offer constructive written and verbal feedback on how you can improve.

Application Process

Chambers only accepts applications for 12-month pupillages through the online Pupillage Gateway (www.PupillageGateway.com). Full details of how to apply and the latest application deadlines can be found on that website.

Due to the challenging nature of the work, applicants are generally expected to have an upper second-class degree or better, which need not be in law.

What are we looking for?

We undertake a fair and balanced assessment of all prospective pupils at each stage of the recruitment process. Members of Chambers carefully assess pupillage application forms, and short-listing decisions are made according to the consensus of the interview panel. Our aim is to recruit pupils who we hope will, by June in the pupillage year, meet the standards that are applied in the tenancy selection process (see below).  It is therefore helpful to demonstrate your potential in these areas as far as possible in your pupillage application.

The next step – selection for tenancy

It is our normal practice to recruit junior tenants from those who have undertaken pupillage in Chambers, and we have a very good record of offering tenancies to our pupils. We only recruit pupils that we believe have the potential to meet the selection criteria for tenancy, and limit our pupillage intake to our need for junior tenants. When selecting tenants, we look for evidence of ability in the following areas:

Early years of practice

We recognise that whilst securing tenancy is a great achievement, it is just the start of your career at the Bar. We are therefore particularly keen to support you and your practice in the first few years as a junior tenant. One of the key ways we do this is by offering a very favourable rent structure for the first years of practice.

Third six pupillage

It is not Chambers’ usual practice to offer third six pupillages, either to existing pupils, or those looking to move from other sets. If Chambers is actively seeking to recruit third six pupils, vacancies will normally be advertised on the Bar Council’s third six pupillage vacancies page.

If you have to leave us at the end of pupillage, you will normally be able to stay on after October and practice for a reasonable period until you are able to find a position elsewhere (called ‘squatting’).  Of the few pupils we have not taken on over recent years, each has found a tenancy elsewhere at the Bar with other sets of chambers.

Equality and diversity

Chambers takes its commitment to equality and diversity very seriously and all recruitment decisions are made in accordance with our Equality and Diversity policy.