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Regular, positive recruitment is the key to success. We recognise that uncertainty and insecurity is perhaps the greatest deterrent to those considering a career at the Bar. For that reason all pupils at Dere Street Barristers are recruited with a view to them becoming tenants. Pupils demonstrating the necessary determination, commitment and ability will be offered tenancies.

What are we looking for? Successful candidates will have: 

  • intellectual ability;
  • an analytical mind;
  • the ability to express ideas clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing;
  • the ability to think under pressure
  • an absolute commitment to hard work;
  • an organised approach to work;
  • good interpersonal skills.

Two pupillages per annum are presently offered. Chambers offers an award of £12,500 per Pupil for the first six months and guarantees receipts of £12,500 in the second six months. This guarantee operates on a month by month basis, so that in any single month where gross receipts are less than £2,083.34 the balance is made up by Chambers. There is no “clawback” if receipts in other months exceed £2,083.34

Further, Chambers will pay the costs of attending compulsory courses as required by the BSB and those additional courses that Chambers wishes the Pupils to attend. Off-circuit expenses will in any event be reimbursed by Chambers upon production of the relevant receipt.

Pupils will be expected to work from our premises both in Newcastle and York. For a more detailed account of what pupillage entails see the Pupillage Policy.

How to Apply for Pupillage;

Chambers is running its own application scheme.

The application form is now available here with submissions due between 5.1.2022 at 11.00 am and 9.2.2022 at 2.00 pm.