All Pupils are recruited via the Pupillage Gateway.

All pupils are recruited via the Pupillage Gateway: 


We are a friendly and diverse family and civil chambers seeking to recruit a pupil to undertake a family pupillage commencing in October 2022. Any pupil would be trained in all areas of family law including public children, private children, matrimonial finance and the law relating to cohabitees. A family pupil would be welcome to explore the civil work available in chambers if they wished to do so and would be supported in doing so but this would not be a requirement.

We have an open door policy and pupils are encouraged to shadow all members of chambers to gain exposure to a wide variety of work within chambers.

We have a strong history of recruiting tenants from our pupils and we offer pupillage with a view to tenancy. We highly value pupils in chambers and are committed to ensuring that they are trained to be the best barristers that they can be. We assess pupils through a variety of different means, including advocacy and written exercises.

In addition to their supervisor, pupils are allocated a junior member of chambers to mentor them and provide them with guidance and assistance. 

We are looking for candidates whose applications demonstrate intellectual aptitude, the potential to become an excellent advocate, commitment to the bar and to the work that chambers undertakes. We expect candidates to show a commitment to family law and we value experiences outside of the law.


The pupillage award for each successful applicant stands at a total of £20,000, payable as an award in the First Six of £10,000 and as guaranteed receipts of £10,000 during the Second Six. Pupils can expect to significantly exceed their guaranteed earnings and on average our pupils bill around £30,000 in their second six. During their second six pupils can expect to be in Court most days.

We take care to ensure that our interview dates do not clash with BPTC exam dates and will inform candidates of the dates for second and first round interviews as soon as they are available. Applicants will be notified whether or not they have an interview through the Gateway. 

Please direct any relevant enquiries to pupillage@3djb.co.uk

 Comments from recent pupils:


"Pupillage at Chambers was a demanding and rewarding process. I was given ample responsibility to prepare cases during my first six which enabled me to take on my own cases with confidence during the second six. I shadowed my three pupil supervisors during my first six and other members of chambers to ensure I had a well rounded pupillage and exposure to all areas of family law. Before commencing my second six, I spent time with the more junior members of Chambers gaining experience in the level of work I would be doing which helped immensely once on my feet. Even during the pandemic, I was in Court most days and kept busy and I felt supported by Chambers throughout.”

Adiba Bassam, Pupil 2019-2020


"Pupillage at 3DJB is rigorous and challenging.  I shadowed many members of chambers in court; being exposed to all practice areas.  The offers of support from all members of chambers, which still continue, were genuine and invaluable throughout both first and second six.  Frequent feedback from my supervisors, observing court advocacy almost every day and the advocacy assessment prepared me well for being “on my feet.”  Second six was demanding and brilliant practise for tenancy.  The amount of court exposure I was given during second six, being in court around 4-5 times per week, far surpassed my expectations.  It also meant, in terms of earnings, the transition into tenancy was seamless. 

Throughout pupillage I was treated with fairness, respect and held to a high standard, leaving me assured that the quality of my work, both oral and written, was the decisive factor when making my application for tenancy.”

Laura Wakeford, 2017-2018 pupil




"The barristers are friendly, thorough and personable and are always willing to help. The clerk's and admin staff are excellent and always go over and beyond to assist."


"The cohesive clerking team in Chambers have a combined depth of experience which is second to none."


"Impressive skills to handle intractable and challenging divorce and financial remedy cases."


"Chambers has a dedicated and professional clerking team. They are able to deal with any enquiry and are most helpful and reassuring" 


"They have a wide range of top quality senior and junior barristers who deal with high net worth financial work and can handle any type of children work." 


"James Doble has an innate ability to assist in choosing the right barrister for the right case. He leads his team meticulously."