Chambers welcomes enquires from established practitioners who would complement the strength and development of our core areas of practice.

Enquires should be made in the first instance to Chambers Senior Clerk and will be treated in the strictest confidence.

As part of the application procedure you are likely to be asked to provide copies of your professional diary and details of your earnings.

Chambers is committed to Equality and Diversity and as such will require prospective applicants to complete the following application form.


Current Pupillage Status:

The deadline for pupilage commencing in October 2020 is now closed

The deadline for applications is 4pm on 14th February 2020.  To apply for pupillage, please do so using our application form which is found here.

Chambers intends to recruit one family and one civil pupil.  Applicants should be clear in their application which is the preferred area of specialism.

Magdalen Chambers in the largest set in the south-west (south of Bristol) and is looking to expand further through the recruitment of outstanding pupils with the potential to become tenants. Chambers is a friendly and welcoming set with a reputation for excellence in both family and general civil law, cultivated by members across Chambers who have been consistently recognised by legal directories such as Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

Chambers is committed to ensuring that pupils receive training of the highest standard.  Chambers has recently undertaken a comprehensive review of its pupillage policies and procedures to ensure that the training provided continues to meet this expectation.  Training is designed to ensure that pupils are able to meet the competences in the Professional Statement to the threshold standard by the end of their pupillage.  Chambers is equally as committed to the wellbeing of its pupils and has been awarded the Bar Council Certificate of Recognition for the support it provides to members and staff.

Pupils will be allocated one pupil supervisor but will be expected to spend time with other members in order to gain exposure to the different types of work that Chambers undertakes.  During the second six, pupils will start to take on their own cases as well as continuing to undertake work with, or on behalf of, tenants.  A junior member will be allocated as a mentor to provide more informal support and advice.  Pupils, as they progress closer to being on their feet, will spend time with junior members of chambers to ensure they are prepared for the work they will likely undertake during their second six.

The training for pupillage will include:

  • Regular opportunities for pupils to receive feedback on their progress from their pupil supervisor and the pupillage committee;
  • Formal reviews every three months;
  • Regular advocacy exercises;
  • The opportunity to undertake work with a variety of members specialising in different areas of law;
  • The opportunity to attend court with junior members;
  • Such flexibility as is necessary to take into account pupils’ personal circumstances;
  • Encouraging pupils to reflect critically on their own progress.

The pupillage award will be £16,322 plus reasonable expenses (including the cost of undertaking mandatory courses).  The pupillage award will be made up of Chambers’ grant plus earnings (in the second six).  Pupils can reasonably expect their earnings to exceed the minimum award in their second six.

The timetable for applications is likely to be as follows:

  • Applications to be made by 14th February 2020
  • Invitation for interview by 13th March 2020
  • Interview and advocacy exercise in the weekend of 28th March 2020
  • Offers of pupillage to be made by 3 April 2020

We are committed to using a fair and non-discriminatory selection process.  We will use objective and fair criteria for the selection of candidates.  In order to select candidates for interview, we will use the following criteria:

  • Academic and intellectual ability;
  • Advocacy experience
  • Reasons for applying to Magdalen Chambers
  • Motivation and resilience
  • Quality of application

Prospective applicants should ensure that their application form addresses these criteria.


What is Mini-Pupillage?

Chambers prides itself on its commitment to the education of aspiring members of the Bar and welcomes applicants who demonstrate the potential to secure pupillage.  We are able to provide successful applicants with an opportunity to sit with our barristers and to gain useful experience of life in Chambers.

Chambers invites applications from talented and determined individuals pursuing a career at the Bar.  Whilst it is not a prerequisite to pupillage, we recommend that anyone who intends to apply for pupillage with Chambers first completes a mini-pupillage.

Chambers welcomes applications from a broad and diverse range of applicants.  We have signed up to the Western Circuit’s Bar None project meaning that we have committed to aim for at least 50% of mini pupillages to be awarded to those from state school and/or BAME backgrounds.

What does Mini-Pupillage involve?

We aim to provide our mini-pupils with a balanced experience, which generally includes observing a range of court hearings; attending client conferences and negotiations; and undertaking written work and research.

Application procedure

Chambers considers applications for mini-pupillage from talented individuals who have commenced study for a qualifying law degree or who have studied or are studying on the GDL/CPE, BVC or BPTC courses.

Applicants should apply using the application form, which should be completed in type and emailed to minipupillage@magdalenchambers.co.uk, marked for the attention of Charles Shwenn, Secretary to the Pupillage and Membership Committee.  Applicants should please note that no documents other than the application form will be considered when assessing applications, so there is no need to attach CVs, references or detailed cover letters.

Chambers considers all applications for mini-pupillage on a fair and objective basis and is committed to ensuring compliance with Chambers’ Equality and Diversity Policy.  In particular, when considering applications, Chambers does not consider such factors as age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, sex or political stance.

For further information pertaining to the mini-pupillage process, please feel free to contact Chambers’ clerking team. Applications will be considered within two months of receipt

Mini-Pupillages during COVID-19

Please note that Chambers are not currently able to accommodate in person mini-pupillages owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, applicants are still welcome to apply and be put on a waiting list for when in person mini-pupillages are available again.  We recognise that this will be disappointing to potential applicants.  Therefore, we have decided to offer successful mini-pupillage applicants a one-to-one telephone/video call with a member of Chambers to discuss life as a barrister, specific practice areas and any other questions applicants may have about the profession.  When submitting their application, applicants should indicate in their covering email whether or not they wish to take up this opportunity or be put on the waiting list for an in person mini-pupillage in the future.  We will advise successful applicants on the waiting list when we are taking bookings for in person mini-pupillages again.