At Albion Chambers we are committed to ensuring that our pupils receive comprehensive and closely monitored training in a friendly and supportive environment. Our pupillage training procedures have been developed in accordance with the Bar Council’s Code of Conduct and are subject to annual audits.
We offer up to two funded pupillages each year and aim to recruit tenants from our pupils.
During a pupillage at Albion Chambers you can expect to experience a broad range of subjects under the guidance of at least two pupil supervisors, within our principal practice areas. You will be expected to undertake paperwork and advocacy exercises, and to attend conferences and Court with your pupil supervisor throughout your pupillage. Our training provides the opportunity for structured feedback and discussion, and ensures that the requirements of the Bar Council’s checklist are achieved.
In addition to work with your pupil supervisor you will be given the opportunity to accompany junior tenants to court. This is intended to provide the new advocate with a valuable and relevant insight into the types of cases normally conducted by pupils in their second six months.
We encourage and support any pupil, who wishes, to undertake work from the Free Representation Unit (FRU).
Pupillages secured through OLPAS will attract an award of £7,500 which is paid in monthly instalments during the first six months of pupillage.
We guarantee earnings of £6000 during the second six months; however our recent experience has been that pupils have been extremely busy and have earned far in excess of this figure. The current rate of contribution to chambers’ expenses will be charged on fees received during this period.
The cost of attending any necessary external training will be funded by Chambers. We will also fund travel to all professional commitments during the first six months of pupillage.
Applying for Pupillage
Albion Chambers is a member of OLPAS and currently selects during the summer season. It is important to note that any applications received out of this scheme must be refused.
Applicants who are exempt from the Pupillage Funding and Advertising Requirements 2003 are not excluded from OLPAS and should usually apply for pupillage using the OLPAS procedure. Applications made directly to chambers will only be considered where a candidate has an established track record in the area of expertise in which they wish to practise at the Bar.
Third Six pupillages will be advertised should a vacancy arise. Applications for Third Six pupillages will not be considered unless in response to an advertisement.
We shall be recruiting in spring 2013 through the pupillage portal for pupillages commencing autumn 2013. To apply, please visit: www.pupillages.com
Any further enquiries concerning pupillage at Albion Chambers should be addressed to Kate Goldie:
In writing: Albion Chambers Broad Street Bristol BS1 1DR
By fax: 0117 926 2569
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Intellectual ability (not simply academic achievements to date)
Motivation and commitment to succeed
Interviews are conducted by a panel made up from a cross-section of members of chambers.
Albion Chambers operates an Equal Opportunities policy. We will not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political persuasion, age or disability.
At Albion Chambers we feel that mini-pupillages provide an important tool for students who are intending or contemplating a career at the Bar.
We offer a programme of mini-pupillages throughout the year providing students, through a week’s visit to Chambers, with an overview of the working life of a barrister. You will be assigned to various members of chambers, shadowing them in court and during conferences, and will also have the opportunity to discuss written work such as advices and pleadings.
Unfortunately, due to the level of demand for mini-pupillages we are unable to extend the offer of placements to school pupils.
Applications consisting of a maximum one page covering letter, which includes your available dates and a maximum two page curriculum vitae should be sent to ‘The mini-pupillage supervisor’ or emailed to email@example.com.