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42 Bedford Row Chambers – 12 months – October 2024

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Pupillage Vacancy Information

Pupils who commence their pupillage at 42BR in October 2024 will receive an award of £40,000. In addition to this, we guarantee earnings (NB. not receipts) in the second six months of £15,000.

Throughout a pupillage at 42BR, the £40,000 award will be paid in monthly instalments, via direct debit.

During second six, should our pupils not meet the minimum earnings of £15,000, they will receive a top-up from Chambers.

The awards are reviewed annually.

42BR fund for any compulsory course that pupils are required to undertake.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion

42BR is committed to ensuring that no-one within Chambers, whether a barrister, member of staff, client, contactor, pupil, mini-pupil or student, receives less favourable treatment (directly or indirectly) on the grounds of age, gender reassignment, marital status or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, disability, race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or religion or belief.

42BR is a diverse and forward-thinking Chambers. Two of our members were recently chosen by the Bar Council to be Social Mobility Advocates in their I Am The Bar campaign. We also have a member who is a Mentor for Bridging the Bar.

Our commitment to pro-bono work has increased significantly over the last year; many members are active supporters of Advocate and we are viewed as a core resource by them. One of our junior members sits on Advocate’s Young Bar Executive Committee.

As part of our ongoing support of our more junior members, 42BR has a mentoring scheme in which members below 5 years' call are paired with more experienced members. The scheme is designed to facilitate conversation between mentor and mentee to promote well-being, mental health and personal and career growth in Chambers.

We have also implemented a mentoring scheme in which all members are offered general support, including guidance when returning from parental leave, sick leave, assistance with applications for judicial appointments or any other concerns.

How to Apply

Aspiring barristers are invited to apply to chambers between Wednesday 4 January 2023 and Wednesday 8 February 2023 using the Pupillage Gateway application system to search for the relevant Pupillage Vacancy and select ‘Apply for this pupillage’.

1.Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? Character limit 1200

2.Why do you want to join our chambers? Character limit 1200

3.Which practice areas are you interested in, and why? Character limit 1200

About AETO and Structure of Pupillage

42 Bedford Row is a leading common law set, now with over 115 members. Our members’ practices are broadly split between Civil and Family law.  We are ranked as a leading set in Family, Social Housing and Employment Law in both Chambers UK Guide and the Legal 500. We also have numerous members ranked in other fields across both directories.

Our pupils benefit from the experience of a broad spectrum of work, which includes:

  • Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury
  • Family
  • Contract / Commercial disputes
  • Employment
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property-related matters including Landlord and Tenant.
  • Public law and local government
  • Coroner’s Inquests
  • Animal Welfare

What we are looking for

Members of Chambers are instructed by a diverse range of solicitors on behalf of private clients, insurance companies, local government and other public authorities, as well as directly by clients themselves. We seek exceptional candidates who can demonstrate a high level of self-motivation and intellectual ability, coupled with the social skills to communicate with, and on behalf of, a wide range of clients.

We welcome applications from candidates who have degrees in subjects other than law and are taking (or have taken) the GDL. A minimum of a 2:1 at degree level (or prediction of the same) is usually a requirement, as is a Very Competent for the BPTC (if commenced or completed).

Pupillage Structure

Chambers will recruit one or two twelve-month pupils.

As a pupil at 42BR, pupillage is divided into two parts: the non-practising six months during which pupils shadow a pupillage supervisor; and the second, “practising” six months in which pupils may advise and exercise rights of audience on their own account.

Each pupil will be allocated to at least 3 different pupil supervisors during the twelve-month period, ideally for four-month periods, to ensure that they experience as broad a range of our work as practicable.

In the first six months of pupillage, we expect our pupils to gain experience in most of the areas 42BR has expertise in. This will include reading and working on papers, undertaking research, attending court, seminars, and conferences with their pupillage supervisors, and, where requested, taking notes.

During the second-six pupils can expect to appear in court in their own right on average three times per week. The clerks take care to ensure that work is distributed fairly between our pupils to ensure they gain the experience they require, although it has been known for pupils to begin to build loyal professional relationships with clients, even at the pupillage stage.

Our pupillage supervisors will be on hand to support and encourage our pupils throughout their training year, as well ensuring that a proper work/life balance is achieved.

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