9 Bedford Row is particularly proud of its pupillage programme and is rightly known for being “extremely nurturing of its junior members”. A Pupil Advocacy Training Programme is provided throughout all stages of pupillage with a curriculum of mock advocacy exercises. Pupils also benefit from 9 Bedford Row’s legal practitioner seminar programme that provides topical lectures from members and distinguished outside experts. Pupils spend four months with each supervisor in their first 12 months and 6 months with their final supervisor once they are on their feet, to ensure they have as rounded a training as possible and are exposed to the full breadth of Chambers’ practice.

Chambers takes seriously its commitment to only offer pupillages with a genuine view to tenancy.

Chambers will be offering three 18-month pupillages starting in October 2023 with an award of £36,000 made up of a monthly stipend in the first six months, followed by guaranteed earnings for the 12 months pupils will be on their feet. Once on their feet, pupils will be kept very busy with Chambers’ diverse and growing practice and can expect to be in court every day with a wide variety of work, regularly earning in excess of the minimum guaranteed earnings threshold. During their first six months, pupils will be reimbursed for occasional travel outside of the South East and London Circuits. Chambers also will cover the cost of any mandatory training undertaken during pupillage.

Pupillages will be spent with practitioners specialising in English criminal law. Pupillages will not involve work with our international criminal law team but will involve short periods working as part of Chambers’ extradition practice. Pupils will receive basic training in relation to NMC and court martial work.

Applications are welcomed from dynamic individuals with a passion for advocacy and the law and respect for the traditions of the Bar. We are looking for outstanding candidates able to combine legal acumen, good judgment and persuasive advocacy with the determination needed to take advantage of the opportunities offered at our successful and growing set.

Application Timetable

Chambers is no longer part of the Pupillage Gateway Scheme and applications for pupillages should be made directly to Chambers. However, the timetable for applications is the same as the Pupillage Gateway Scheme.

Chambers is now accepting applications. The deadline for applications is 09 February 2022 (2pm).

If you apply before the deadline, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. If you do not receive such confirmation within 48 hours, please urgently contact pupillage@9bedfordrow.co.uk and clerks@9bedfordrow.co.uk.

We expect to be in touch with all applicants by 31 March 2022 regarding the status of their application.

First round interviews will take place on Saturday 09 April 2022 and will consist of three set questions. Final round interviews will take place on 26-27 April 2022 and will include an advocacy exercise.

It is hoped that all interviews will be conducted in person at Chambers. Government guidance in relation to the ongoing pandemic will be considered in due course.

Offers will be made on 06 May 2022 in accordance with the timetable set by the Bar Council.

How to Apply

Applications must be sent to pupillage@9bedfordrow.co.uk consisting of only the following materials:

(a) Curriculum vitae of no more than two pages in Times New Roman font size 12 and normal spacing containing inter alia the applicant’s current mobile telephone number and contact email address.

(b) Covering letter of no more than 600 words evidencing the applicant’s experiences and successes, and answering within it the following questions:

  1. Which skills and talents do you possess which will make you an effective barrister?
  2. In light of the challenges facing the criminal bar, how will you develop a successful practice?
  3. Why are you applying to 9 Bedford Row?

(c) Completed equality and diversity monitoring form, available here.

The above documents must be provided as pdf files and titled according to the following format: “[Applicant’s surname], [Applicant’s first name] 9 Bedford Row Application 2023 [insert as appropriate: CV/Covering Letter/Monitoring Form]”

Applications will be independently considered by two members of Chambers (appointed at random) and marked on the following criteria:

  • intelligence
  • talent for oral and written advocacy
  • interpersonal skills
  • business acumen
  • integrity and trustworthiness
  • determination and commitment to the criminal bar

Applications with significantly divergent marks will be independently re-marked by a third member of Chambers, also appointed at random.

We welcome applications from all applicants and are proud to draw our members from a diverse range of backgrounds. We are committed to equality and diversity throughout our practices and all our recruitment processes. Members of Chambers and those directly involved in recruitment decisions are regularly in receipt of both specialist equality and diversity training and fair recruitment training.

3rd Six Pupillages

In addition, Chambers accepts direct applications from suitably qualified candidates for third six pupillages. Please email pupillage@9bedfordrow.co.uk with your CV and a short covering letter explaining the nature of the application and answering within it the following two questions:

  1. In light of changing times at the criminal bar, how do you intend to establish yourself as a successful business?
  2. Why have you decided to apply to 9 Bedford Row in particular?


The 9 Bedford Row mini-pupillage programme is currently under review. Once the programme is resumed all relevant details will be published on this page.

Please do not submit applications as they cannot currently be considered.

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