Chambers is offering a Family Pupillage, commencing in October 2019. Applications should be made through the Pupillage Gateway.

 We are a friendly and diverse family and civil chambers seeking to recruit a pupil to undertake a family pupillage. 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 a
ddition 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 £10,00 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 note that any offer of pupillage will only be open for 7 days.

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



Equality & Diversity: all recruitment to tenancy and formal pupillage in Chambers is carried out in compliance with the Bar Code of Conduct and associated official guidance.


Third six pupil

On occasion we may have a vacancy for a Third Six Pupil. Any such vacancies will be advertised here.



We tend to advertise if any specific vacancies arise. However, we are a busy Chambers with plenty of work and have attracted successful, unsolicited applications from many established practitioners.

Colleagues who have joined us from other chambers find us open and welcoming. Existing members of Chambers welcome the diversity of outlook and approach which newcomers bring and will happily discuss matters informally with potential recruits. Formal applications should be made by sending a curriculum vitae and covering letter to Lisa Peacock, marked 'Recruitment'. All such discussions and applications will, of course, be dealt with in the strictest confidence. Chambers do not usually recruit starter tenants.


Mini Pupillage

We accept applications for mini-pupillage and offer up to 6 places a year. Owing to the nature of work chambers undertakes all applicants must be at least in their second year of university (or equivalent). Mini-pupillages will usually last 2days.

Applications will be considered in two batches each year. The first will be considered in the first week in January and the second will be considered in the first week in May. The following criteria will be used: academic ability, demonstration of an interest in a career at the bar, and reasons for applying to chambers.

A CV and covering letter addressing the above criteria should be sent to Katherine Gittins at KGittins@3djb.co.uk.













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