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 a minimum of 6 pupils across all specialisms to start October 2023.  The Pupillage award for 2023 will be £50,000, with £25,000 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 £25,000 for this second six period.

In 2022 we are recruiting a minimum of 6 pupils across all specialisms to start October 2023

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 2022 @ 11:00am
The submissions window opens

The application process opens (download form here from 5th January 2022 @ 11.00am)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 2022 @ 2:00pm
The submissions window closes

No further applications or amendments to applications will be allowed.

Mar 2022
First round interview evenings - Week 1

We will be running first round interview evenings remotely, these will take place in the week commencing 21st March 2022.

Mar 2022
First round interview evenings - Week 2

We will be running first round interview evenings remotely, these will take place in the week commencing 28th March 2022.

Apr 2022
Final round interviews

Interviews will take place week commencing 4thApril 2022.

Apr 2022
Final Round Interviews

Further interviews will take place week commencing 11thApril 2022.

May 2022
Offers made

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