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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
Accessibility

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 October 2021 pupillage award for each pupil is £57,500, comprised of a £35,000 tax-free grant, paid in equal instalments over the first six months, and guaranteed earnings of £22,500 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 Professional Training 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

We believe that the profession should be representative of society as a whole. We are committed to improving access to the Bar for those from non-traditional backgrounds and increasing the representation of under-represented groups. Temple Garden Chambers is committed to promoting equality and diversity within Chambers and at the Bar. We take a proactive approach going beyond our obligations under the Equality and Diversity Rules of the BSB Handbook.

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

  • We use blind recruitment at the sifting stage: names are replaced with numbers and sifters do not know any of the personal information that would identify gender, age, ethnicity, location etc. Sifters also attend a coordination meeting to ensure that our fair recruitment criteria are being objectively applied. The sift is then moderated to ensure consistency and fairness.
  • All candidates are assessed using objective and fair criteria.
  • Everyone involved in the selection process (i.e. both sifters and interview panel members) is trained in fair recruitment and selection processes.

Accessibility

Chambers is committed to promoting equality and diversity within the legal profession, and will make all reasonable adjustments to accommodate candidates. The main building, which includes the reception, the clerks’ room and all the conference rooms, is accessible by wheel-chair users, and arrangements can be put in place for use of fully accessible toilets within Temple.

If you have any particular concerns or requirements about access of any sort, please contact Gaye Spencer-King.



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Coronavirus Update

TGC continues proactively to safeguard against the risks posed by the spread of Coronavirus. We have a Covid-19 Committee who continue to monitor the situation and follow advice issued by the Government and Public Health England. We will be updating this page as and when new information becomes available. As of 6 July 2020, our London premises, 1 Harcourt Buildings, will be operating with a reduced clerking team in attendance. The remaining staff members and barristers will continue working remotely. We wish to reassure everyone that our contingency plans enable us to continue to provide our services.

Telephoning us

When calling our switchboard number, it will be diverted to a member of the clerking team who will be able to assist in the usual way. All direct dials in Chambers are diverted to be answered remotely.

Emailing us & Sending Instructions

Please send all instructions via email directly to clerks@tgchambers.com. We would be grateful if this could be sent in an orderly fashion to enable working from a screen manageable. We are able to receive hard copy instructions via DX or Post, if necessary. However, we have a preference for electronic documents wherever possible.

Please continue to communicate with barristers directly via phone or email.

Conferences, Joint Settlement Meetings & Mediations

Conferences, meetings and mediations will take place remotely, either by telephone or video until further notice. Group Telephone calls and video calls can be easily arranged. If an in-person meeting is felt necessary please see our Covid-19 Information page for full criteria.

Court Hearings

We are following the Government’s advice closely, which is changing daily. In keeping with that advice, we will continue to service hearings remotely, where possible and as instructed by the hosting Court. In-Person hearings will be accommodated by members of TGC. We will continue to monitor this situation.

Making a payment

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If you wish to discuss our policy and procedure relating to coronavirus, please do not hesitate to contact our senior clerk Dean Norton on 07535 753098 or dnorton@tgchambers.com.

To learn more visit our Covid-19 Information page.