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 and topic seminars on all areas of criminal practice mentored by Chambers’ senior members. Pupils also benefit from 9 Bedford Row’s monthly legal practitioner seminar programme that provides topical lectures from members and distinguished outside experts. Pupils spend three months in their first six with each supervisor, 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.

As in previous years, Chambers will be offering three 18-month pupillages starting in September 2020 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 well in excess of the minimum guaranteed earnings threshold. During their first six pupils can expect to be reimbursed for occasional travel outside of the South Eastern 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.

Applications are welcomed from dynamic individuals with a passion for advocacy, 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.

Pupillage Application Procedure

Chambers is no longer part of the Pupillage Gateway Scheme and applications for pupillages should be made directly to Chambers. The pupillage application process and timetable for pupillages beginning in September 2020 will be published in due course.

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.


Applicants interested in learning more about Chambers and its work are invited to apply for a one week mini-pupillage at 9 Bedford Row by emailing Alex.Matthews@9bedfordrow.co.uk with a copy of their CV and a short covering letter.

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