Each year we seek chambers that:

  • provide legal specialisms, with a focus on Family and/or Social Welfare law; 1
  • are committed to and expert in their specialist areas of law, with a focus on Family law;
  • are innovative, effective and thinking creatively about their future sustainability;
  • are involved in work of national legal significance;
  • are looking to provide an additional pupillage that would otherwise not be offered;
  • meet the requirements to supervise a pupil barrister and have a strong training ethos;
  • can demonstrate a strong commitment to pro bono.

1 we accept that chambers may be working in a range of areas and that this is useful for the Fellow, however, the principal focus of this cohort of pupil Fellows is Family and Social Welfare law.

Additionally, our choice of chambers will take account of:

  • geographical location, we wish to cover a wide range of UK locations;
  • any preferences of the Fellowship co-funders.

To apply to host a pupil barrister, please complete the online application form.

Fellowship Structure for Pupil Barristers

  1. Length

    The Pupil Fellowship will last two years, in common with the fellowship scheme for solicitors.

  2. Format

    Year one – Fellows will be employed by an advice agency (in 2016 it was the Bar Pro Bono Unit). This will provide the Fellow with valuable programme development experience and help them to build a network of contacts that will contribute to building a career once the Fellowship support comes to an end.

    Year two – Fellows would be based at their host chambers, meeting the requirements of pupillage. We will have to look flexibly at the project component. At this stage, helping the Fellows to build their network for post-Fellowship is the priority.

  3. Project component

    As above, an important part of the Fellowship is that, during the course of the pupillage, Fellows would have responsibility for a project which in some way advances access to justice and helps the Fellow to gain valuable experience and networks.

  4. Wider Fellowship

    Fellows will be brought together twice a year for events that combine sharing experiences, receiving training and broadly feeling part of a wider movement of peers committed to access to justice. This is likely to involve four – five days in total over the two year period.

  5. Training

    We will work with the chambers to confirm the mandatory training that pupils will have to complete as part of meeting the pupillage requirements. Our aim will be to ensure that Fellows can attend this training for free, either through covering the costs via the Foundation or by seeking free places from the relevant training provider.

  6. Completion of the Fellowship

    At the end of the Fellowship, chambers will be under no obligation to offer the pupil tenancy, although it is hoped that the quality of the Fellows will mean that chambers will be keen to find ways to keep them on. As the Fellowship progresses, we will work with Fellows and their chambers to ensure that Fellows are supported to develop wider skills and networks.

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