Due to continuing growth and client demand, Guildford Chambers are seeking barristers to share in our development and success. We have a strong track record of advancing the practices of those who join us, providing ongoing support on a day to day basis as well as long term career growth.
We are always interested in receiving applications from specialist practitioners at all stages of call who have an interest in joining Chambers. All applications are dealt with in the strictest confidence.
If you would like to have an initial discussion about becoming part of our successful team, please contact our Head of Chambers, George Coates in person, either by phone or letter addressed to our Guildford office.
Pupillage is for twelve months, subject to a continuous review of progress. It is split into two parts of six months duration each, known commonly as a ‘first six’ and ‘second six’. Though Guildford Chambers actively seeks to recruit tenants from its pupils, tenancy is not guaranteed. We do however look for pupils who show commitment to a future in Chambers should they be successful.
Each pupil is allocated to a specific pupil supervisor and will be rotated to other members of chambers to ensure exposure to the various areas of law covered by Guildford Chambers. Towards the end of the first six, chambers will ensure that the pupil has spent some time with junior members of chambers to prepare them for the type of work they will typically undertake during their second-six.
Chambers anticipates that second six pupils will be kept busy to gain the relevant experience required to complete pupillage successfully. Pupils typically appear in the lower courts and receive instructions to prepare written work. There may be times when pupils are expected to travel to courts that are some distance away. Chambers encourages pupils to discuss cases or issues with their supervisor or others with the relevant experience where necessary.
Applications for pupillage
Applications for pupillage may be advertised on the Pupillage Gatewaywith a view to commencing pupillage in the New Year or the autumn. We consider applications for 3rd six throughout the year. Any pupillage offered complies with the Bar Council’s awards policy.
Any questions about pupillage at Guildford Chambers should be direct by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We offer Mini-Pupillages for a period of three days, during which you will be given the opportunity to shadow our Barristers at Court and observe their work in Chambers. Mini-Pupillages are usually in the areas of family and general civil law depending on the work available at the time the Mini-Pupillage is undertaken. Applicants must have completed two years of their undergraduate law degree or started the Graduate Diploma in Law.
We receive many requests for Mini-Pupillage and not all applications will be successful. If you have a preferred date, please apply in good time as we cannot guarantee placements at short notice. Applications are considered every 4-6 weeks, after which you will be contacted to confirm the outcome of your application. Please note that as busy practitioners the 4-6 week deadline may not at times be met. Please do not contact us within 8 weeks of submission to chase the progress of your application. We will respond in due course.
Applicants for Mini-Pupillage should send their CV and a handwritten covering letter addressed to Hannah McSorely at our Guildford, Surrey office. Applications will not be considered by email.
Guildford Chambers will not discriminate against any applicant who cannot comply with our application process. If you are unable to submit a handwritten letter, please contact the clerks by email (email@example.com) or by telephone (01483 539131), to discuss alternative means of submitting your application.