Pupillage

Investing in
your future

We are looking for exceptional and well-rounded individuals with good intellectual ability and a practical approach to problem solving. We are more interested in your potential than your background. In 2022 we are recruiting up to 5 pupils across all specialisms to start October 2022.  The Pupillage award for 2022 will be £40,000, with £20,000 payable over the course of the first six months. We expect you to earn a similar amount in your second six and we provide a billing guarantee of £20,000 for this second six period.

In the 2021 process we are recruiting up to 5 pupils across all specialisms to start October 2022.

We will meet the costs of the courses which are compulsory during Pupillage. Upon the satisfactory completion of the first six months, we provide you with your own copy of one substantial practice text for your specialist area such as: Archbold; Civil Procedure Rules (“The White Book”), or the Family Court Practice (“The Red Book”).

What our former
pupils say

“There is an emphasis on finding your own voice and making the most from what you’ve been taught”

“Everyone wants you to do well and you will be given every opportunity to show that you’re up to it.”

“Criticism is constructive and praise is genuine”

What to
expect

Our 12-month pupillage offers a blend of education, encouragement and independence, designed to be both stimulating and enjoyable.  During your first six months, your pupil supervisor will make sure that you experience different areas of law and the contrasting styles of our members.  You will attend court and conferences with members, be involved in legal researchand collaborate on cases in a tailored program designed to build your knowledge and experience.  During your second six you will be able to do your own advisory and advocacy work in order to gain invaluable experience in the courts and learn the skills that will allow you to build a successful practice as one of our tenants.

With all St Philips’ practice groups, we only offer a pupillage if tenancy is available at the end of it; and we will do everything we can to support you to get there. Despite our size, we are a friendly and approachable team who always make time to support more junior barristers; especially pupils and junior tenants. You will find help and advice freely available from members at all levels of seniority, as you find your feet and continuing through tenancy as you develop your own practice.

We take great care in the selection of our pupils and are looking not only for intellectual ability and advocacy potentialbut also mental stamina and good judgment. If you have these qualities, then we welcome your applicationwhatever your background.

Key dates

Jan 2021 @ 11:00am
The submissions window opens

The application process opens (download form here). Return application form to Juliette Print, Chambers Administrator, St Philips Chambers, 55 Temple Row, Birmingham B2 5LS or by e-mail to: pupillage@st-philips.com

Feb 2021 @ 11:00am
The submissions window closes

No further applications or amendments to applications will be allowed.

Mar 2021
Pre selection interview evenings - Week 1

We will be running pre-interview selection evenings in Chambers which will take place on the week commencing 22nd March 2021.

Mar 2021
Pre selection interview evenings - Week 2

We will be running pre-interview selection evenings in Chambers which will take place on the week commencing 29th March 2021.

Apr 2021
Interviews

Interviews will take place week commencing 6th April 2021.

Apr 2021
Interviews

Further interviews will take place week commencing 12th April 2021.

May 2021
St Philips Chambers will make their offers of Pupillage on this date.