Selborne Chambers usually offers up to two 12-month pupillages in any given year (commencing in October). Chambers seeks pupils who have exceptional intellectual ability and commercial awareness, and who are ambitious and determined.
A pupil in Chambers will undertake a structured pupillage encompassing all principal practice areas. It is envisaged that pupils will spend time with 3 or 4 pupil supervisors, each with varying types of practice. Accordingly, a pupil can expect to be exposed to a variety of work within the commercial chancery spectrum. Pupils will be asked to prepare fully for and attend conferences and hearings with their pupil supervisors, produce written pleadings and opinions, and undertake legal research, often under considerable time pressure.
In addition to working with and for a pupil supervisor, pupils can expect to spend time with other members of Chambers before all levels of Courts and Tribunals. Our tenants regularly appear in the County Courts, First-tier tribunal (Property Chamber), the High Court, the Upper Tribunal, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and also commonly appear in or preside over mediations and arbitrations, including international arbitrations. Pupillage at Selborne Chambers equips our pupils with the necessary skills and awareness to face with confidence the various challenges which arise in the second six months of pupillage and the early days of tenancy.
Unlike in many commercial and commercial chancery sets, our pupils can expect regular court appearances and instructions in their own right during the second six months of pupillage. Typically, these include small claims and fast track trials, possession hearings, winding up petitions, case management conferences, and interim applications, as well as advisory and drafting work. Pupil supervisors will ensure that all pupils are fully supervised and supported whilst undertaking their own work. Chambers also provides its own advocacy training in addition to that provided by the Inns of Court.
It is the intention of Chambers to recruit a junior tenant each year, ideally from its own pupils. In the unlikely event that the conduct of or the standard of work produced by a pupil is unsatisfactory, Chambers may determine the pupillage after 6 months from commencement. For more information about how to apply for pupillage, the funding available for pupils, life as a junior tenant and our pupillage policy please click on one of the links below: