Join us


"Serle Court is a friendly, inclusive chambers which welcomes excellent advocates and thinkers from all backgrounds."
Elizabeth Jones QC, Head of Chambers

Pupillage

Welcome to Serle Court’s pupillage page. We are a friendly, inclusive group of people who think it important to balance excellence in our work with enjoying our lives and spending time with our families. We welcome excellent advocates and thinkers, and warmly encourage candidates who feel disadvantaged by gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, race, disability, age, social or university background or any other factors to apply for pupillage. We hope you will want to join us. - Elizabeth Jones QC, Head of Chambers.

We will be hosting our second virtual Prospective Pupillage Evening on Tuesday, 9th November 2021 from 6:30 PM.  If you are feeling daunted by applying to Serle Court, please join us to hear why you should apply.  Please click here for more details.

We believe that a pupillage at Serle Court provides the best possible foundation for commercial and chancery practice: 12 months spent working with leaders in the field on cases across the spectrum of business law, in a warm and supportive environment, with a real prospect of tenancy.

Pupils are encouraged to help and support one another as future colleagues in tenancy. Although we provide advocacy training for our pupils, we do not require them to undertake competitive advocacy exercises against each other or to complete the same set of pieces of work. Pupils are not competing against one another, but are evaluated on their own merits. We have a strong record of offering tenancy to most of our recent pupils, and pupils who have not stayed at Serle Court have gone on to obtain tenancy elsewhere.

How pupillage works

Each pupil is assigned to 4 supervisors, each with a different area of practice, in the course of the year. Pupils spend the whole of the 12-month period of pupillage shadowing members of chambers, rather than taking on work in their own name, to ensure they are as well qualified for starting in practice as soon as possible. Although pupils do not get an opportunity to practise advocacy in court, we ensure that advocacy exercises, conducted in front of a senior member of chambers, and other assessments designed to improve practical skills, take place. Supervisors provide frequent feedback and monitor their pupils’ progress to ensure that the work they are given fulfills their training needs.

We strive to make pupils feel a part of chambers from the time that they accept their offers of pupillage. They are invited to chambers events, both formal and informal, and encouraged to get to know both members and staff.

We recruit up to 3 pupils a year with a view to offering tenancy if they are good enough. 13 of our last 16 pupils have stayed on as tenants; of the others, those that wished to practise at the Bar are successful tenants elsewhere.

We provide a pupillage grant of £65,000 of which £22,500 may be drawn down in the year prior to pupillage. 

What we look for

We look for potential: we invite applications from those committed to a career in commercial or chancery practice with outstanding intellectual and analytical ability, sound judgment, excellent oral and written communication skills, the potential to become excellent advocates and a capacity to establish and maintain good relationships with solicitors, clients, and the judiciary. We generally require a degree classification of a good 2:1 as a minimum.

We encourage (but do not require) those interested in applying for pupillage with us to apply for a one-day mini-pupillage so that they can see what chambers is like for themselves. Mini-pupillages are not assessed and so those unable to spend a mini-pupillage with us are at no disadvantage in applying for pupillage. More details about mini-pupillages, including the application form, can be found here.

The selection process

Full details of the selection process are set out in our Pupillage Policy.

Applications are considered anonymously in the first instance. Approximately 30 candidates will then be invited to a first interview conducted by a panel of three members of Chambers. This interview usually lasts around 15 minutes. 

Of the candidates interviewed in the first round, around 10 candidates will be invited to a second interview. The second interview is also conducted by a panel of three members of Chambers.  This interview takes the form of a mock client conference. Candidates will be given 40 minutes to consider a short problem question and prepare to deliver advice in conference to members of chambers playing the role of clients/solicitors. The interview itself will last around 30 minutes.

Timetable for applications for pupillage commencing in October 2023

Serle Court is a member of the Pupillage Gateway and all applications for pupillage must be made through that system in line with our published timescale.

On Thursday, 25 November 2021 the Pupillage Gateway opens. Applicants may access the Pupillage Gateway to browse approved vacancy advertisements.

Applications for pupillage open on Wednesday, 5 January 2022 at 11:00 AM GMT. 

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 9 February 2022 at 11.00 AM GMT.

Offers will be made from 09.00 AM on Friday, 6 May 2022.

For more information on pupillage and how to apply, please visit the Pupillage Gateway page here.

Our pupillage offer

The pupillage award for those commencing pupillage in 2021 will be £65,000, £22,500 of which may be drawn down in the BPTC year. New tenants pay no rent in their first year of practice and no chambers expenses until their earnings exceed £50,000 per annum. They also have the benefit of an income guarantee of £120,000 over the first two years of practice to assist with cash flow.

Equality and Diversity

Our recruitment process and the remuneration package we offer are intended to ensure that we attract the best pupils in each year. We welcome applications from non-law graduates and our application form and interviews are intended to ensure that neither they, nor women, those from ethnic minorities, disabled persons or those underrepresented in the legal sector are disadvantaged. We are wholeheartedly committed to the Bar Council’s Equality and Diversity Code.

Further information

If you have any queries that are not answered in the newsletter that you can download, please do not hesitate to call us or email us on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  To view our pupillage newsletter click here.

Download Files

Pupillage Newsletter
Pupillage Policy
Click here to read the Chambers Student review on Serle Court.
Click here to read the Legal Cheek review on Serle Court. 
Click here to read Thomas Elias' overview of Company Law on LawCareers.Net

We will be hosting an in-person Prospective Pupillage Evening on Thursday, 25th November 2021 from 6:30 PM. We hope to hold the evening in person, providing the rules on in-person meetings permit, but if not, the event will take place online. Please click here for more details.



Latest awards

British Wills and Probate Awards

SHORTLISTED: Best Contentious Wills and Probate Team

Chambers HNW

UK Set of the Year

Citywealth’s Brand Management & Reputation Awards 2021

Best Events Programme - Silver

Citywealth Magic Circle Awards

Chambers of the Year - Gold

Legal Cheek Awards

SHORTLISTED: Best Chambers for Work/Life Balance

Chambers Bar Awards

Chancery Set of the Year

The British Legal Awards

Chambers of the Year

The Lawyer Awards

SHORTLISTED: Chambers of the Year

Legal 500 UK Awards

Insolvency Set of the Year

Legal 500 UK Awards

SHORTLISTED: Set of the Year: Insolvency

Chambers UK Bar

Leading Set

Legal 500 UK Awards

WINNER: Chambers of the Year

Legal 500

Top Tier Set

Chambers UK Bar Awards

WINNER: Chancery Set of the Year

British Legal Awards

FINALIST: Chambers of the Year

Legal 500 Awards

FINALIST: Chambers of the Year

Chambers HNW

UK Set of the Year

Citywealth’s Brand Management & Reputation Awards 2021

Best Events Programme - Silver

Citywealth Magic Circle Awards

Chambers of the Year - Gold

Legal Cheek Awards

SHORTLISTED: Best Chambers for Work/Life Balance

Chambers Bar Awards

Chancery Set of the Year

The British Legal Awards

Chambers of the Year

The Lawyer Awards

SHORTLISTED: Chambers of the Year

Legal 500 UK Awards

Insolvency Set of the Year

Legal 500 UK Awards

SHORTLISTED: Set of the Year: Insolvency

Chambers UK Bar

Leading Set

Legal 500 UK Awards

WINNER: Chambers of the Year

Legal 500

Top Tier Set

Chambers UK Bar Awards

WINNER: Chancery Set of the Year

British Legal Awards

FINALIST: Chambers of the Year

Legal 500 Awards

FINALIST: Chambers of the Year

Chambers Global

Leading Set

Citywealth’s Brand Management & Reputation Awards 2021

Best Events Programme - Silver

Citywealth Magic Circle Awards

Chambers of the Year - Gold

Legal Cheek Awards

SHORTLISTED: Best Chambers for Work/Life Balance

Chambers Bar Awards

Chancery Set of the Year

The British Legal Awards

Chambers of the Year

The Lawyer Awards

SHORTLISTED: Chambers of the Year

Legal 500 UK Awards

Insolvency Set of the Year

Legal 500 UK Awards

SHORTLISTED: Set of the Year: Insolvency

Chambers UK Bar

Leading Set

Legal 500 UK Awards

WINNER: Chambers of the Year

Legal 500

Top Tier Set

Chambers UK Bar Awards

WINNER: Chancery Set of the Year

British Legal Awards

FINALIST: Chambers of the Year

Legal 500 Awards

FINALIST: Chambers of the Year

Chambers Global

Leading Set

STEP Private Client Awards

FINALIST: Chambers of the Year

Citywealth Magic Circle Awards

Chambers of the Year - Gold

Legal Cheek Awards

SHORTLISTED: Best Chambers for Work/Life Balance

Chambers Bar Awards

Chancery Set of the Year

The British Legal Awards

Chambers of the Year

The Lawyer Awards

SHORTLISTED: Chambers of the Year

Legal 500 UK Awards

Insolvency Set of the Year

Legal 500 UK Awards

SHORTLISTED: Set of the Year: Insolvency

Chambers UK Bar

Leading Set

Legal 500 UK Awards

WINNER: Chambers of the Year

Legal 500

Top Tier Set

Chambers UK Bar Awards

WINNER: Chancery Set of the Year

British Legal Awards

FINALIST: Chambers of the Year

Legal 500 Awards

FINALIST: Chambers of the Year

Chambers Global

Leading Set

STEP Private Client Awards

FINALIST: Chambers of the Year

The Lawyer Awards

FINALIST: Chambers of the Year