Careers

Pupillage

Goldsmith Chambers is committed to equality of opportunity. It is our policy to treat everyone equally and fairly and we assess all applicants on merit alone, without reference to their race, sex, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, disability, age, religion or belief. Race encompasses colour, ethnic or national origin and nationality.

All applications will be treated in strictest confidence and in full compliance with the Equality & Diversity Rules of the Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct.

Goldsmith Chambers is a leading common-law set of 75 members, with civil, crime, family, immigration and inquests practice groups. We are a modern, professional and friendly set.

Each pupil will receive a grant of £8,000 for the first six months, and £8,000 guaranteed income in the second six months.

Pupils in their first six months will gain experience of all Chambers’ practice areas, while in the second six months pupils can expect to be in court frequently, conducting mainly criminal cases. Every effort is made to prepare pupils fully for life at the Bar, including a programme of advocacy training by members of chambers. Pupil supervisors provide regular feedback to their pupils regarding their progress.

Following successful completion of the 12 months of pupillage, pupils may either apply for tenancy at that stage or remain as a third six pupil and apply for tenancy at the end of 18 months. There is no pressure for pupils to apply for tenancy before they are ready to do so.

Applications are invited by way of Pupillage Gateway.

The entire selection process is carried out in accordance with a transparent set of selection criteria, which are as follows:

  • Advocacy Skills
  • Commitment / Motivation
  • Effective Communication
  • Intellectual Achievement

After an initial shortlisting process by members of the Pupillage and New Tenancy Committee, those shortlisted will be invited for a first interview. First and second round interviews will take place during June and July.

The first interview will be a short and structured interview designed to measure the selection criteria set out above.

Candidates successful in the first round of interviews will be invited to a second interview. The second round interview will include an advocacy exercise to measure the selection criteria set out above.

Throughout the process the Pupillage and New Tenancy Committee will use a standardised scoring procedure.

Offers of pupillage will be made in accordance with Pupillage Gateway. Candidates to whom offers are made will be given fourteen days to accept. Offers are conditional upon the acceptance of positive references.

 

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 Third Six Pupillage

We are seeking applications for both Criminal and Common law pupils. Please e-mail Catherine Milsom, Head of the Pupillage and New Tenancy Committee, at c.milsom@goldsmithchambers.com, with the subject line “Third Six Application”, and with the following documents attached:

  1. Your covering letter and CV;
  2. A print-out of your work diary covering last three months;
  3. Any references that you would like us to consider, including from solicitors and former pupil supervisors; and
  4. Our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (link above), should you wish to complete it. Please note that completion of this form is entirely voluntary.

Mini-Pupillage

Chambers is currently accepting applications for mini-pupillage. To be eligible for a mini-pupillage with us, you must have completed your first year of undergraduate studies. To apply please request complete the application form along with our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (link above) should you wish to complete it, and return by email to Mini-Pupillage@goldsmithchambers.com.

Please be aware that due to an extremely high level of interest in mini-pupillages it may take a while for your application to be marked.  Please be patient, however if you have not heard anything within 2 months of submitting your application please resend your email to Mini-Pupillage@goldsmithchambers.com.

Work Placements

Goldsmith Chambers offers a limited number of work placements a year.  These offer an opportunity to gain exposure to some of the administrative functions in chambers.  Students who are interested in becoming a barrister are encouraged instead to apply for a mini-pupillage.

Goldsmith Chambers is committed to equality of opportunity. It is our policy to treat everyone equally and fairly and we assess all applicants on merit alone, without reference to their race, sex, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, disability, age, religion or belief. Race encompasses colour, ethnic or national origin and nationality.

If you are interested, please email Ashley Perkins who can provide further information: a.perkins@goldsmithchambers.com.

 

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