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Crown Office Chambers is a leading set with numerous practice areas, principally with a civil or commercial focus.  There are over 100 tenants in Chambers, including 26 KCs.  Members of Chambers feature regularly in leading cases across all our specialisms.

We invite applications for pupillage from outstanding law and non-law graduates.  We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups including women, those from black or other ethnic minority backgrounds, those with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people and those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Applications for pupillage are assessed and determined solely on merit.

Crown Office Chambers is a member of the Pupillage Gateway.  Please refer to the Pupillage Gateway website for further information including the recruitment timetable.

Our work

We are ranked consistently by the principal legal Directories in practice areas including commercial litigation; professional negligence; insurance and reinsurance; construction and energy; international arbitration; personal injury; clinical negligence; health and safety; inquests and public inquiries. You can see more details of our work in the Practice Area and news pages of our website and in the biography pages of individual barristers.

Our members appear regularly across the full spectrum of courts and tribunals, both in UK-based litigation and international arbitration.

Assessment criteria

We assess applicants for pupillage by reference to the following objective criteria:

  • Intellectual ability / analytical skills
  • Advocacy potential (oral and written skills including clarity and persuasiveness)
  • Potential to be a successful barrister (including: determination, organisational skills, interpersonal skills, sound judgement)
  • Interest in Chambers
  • Integrity

Our pupillage

We offer up to three pupillages annually, each with an award of £75,000 plus earnings retained from your Second Six.  A drawdown of up to £20,000 from the pupillage award is available in advance.

All pupillages are offered with a view to tenancy and we emphasise that our pupils are not in competition with one another.  All pupils who meet our standards for tenancy will be invited to join chambers.

During First Six you sit with two different supervisors, each for a three-month period.  During Second Six, you sit with a third supervisor for six months and receive regular instructions in your own right throughout that period. Throughout pupillage you will gain exposure to our main practice areas and work with other members in addition to your supervisors, making for a varied and interesting pupillage and a firm foundation for tenancy.

Advocacy is a key focus of Chambers’ expertise and in addition to formal advocacy training  you will obtain substantial advocacy experience during Second Six by attending County Court and other hearings up to 3-4 times per week.

Please click this link to see the BSB Professional Statement for Barristers, including the required competencies you should expect to achieve and demonstrate during your pupillage.

Equal opportunities

Crown Office Chambers is committed to equality of opportunity and to diversity amongst its staff, members, pupils and mini-pupils. Chambers maintains and follows a written statement on Equality & Diversity and reasonable adjustments.  For more information please see the Diversity Policy & Data page.

The members of Crown Office Chambers are committed to the furtherance of equality and diversity and to the promotion of access to the legal profession, including the Bar in particular. For further information on the initiatives supported by members of Chambers in this respect, please see the Chambers Social Responsibility page.

We hope that this page, along with other pages on our website, answers any questions you may have about pupillage with us.  If you have any further questions please contact the Pupillage Secretary at


One of the areas of work undertaken by Chambers is Technology and Construction law, for which there is a specialist division of the High Court called the Technology and Construction Court (the TCC).

The TCC is 150 next year, and is running a series of events, one of which is an art competition / exhibition aimed at students. Details are on the link below but, in summary, students in years 12/13, and students in higher education, can enter a piece of 2D art in any medium on the theme of Construction or Technology. Winners will be chosen by a panel of Judges and there are cash prizes of £250-£1000.

If you’re interested, and you have any questions, please feel free to email Rob Stokell at


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