Application form

We are offering up to 2 twelve-month pupillages starting in September 2023.

Applications open at 11:00am on Wednesday 5 January. To apply, please fill out the application form and send it as a Word document to pupillage23@fieldcourt.co.uk.

The application timetable is set out below. If you have any problems submitting your application, please send your query to pupillage23@fieldcourt.co.uk.

Details of pupillage

Financial support

Our successful 2023 pupils will receive a total of £40,000 (comprising a £20,000 grant and guaranteed earnings of £20,000 in the second six).

How is our pupillage structured?

Pupillage will be divided into 3 or 4 seats. During pupillage pupils will gain experience in all our main practice areas.  Where possible, we try to accommodate pupils’ requests for a seat in a specific area of work. Second six pupils can expect to be in court regularly.

The bulk of our work is in London and the South-East.

Our areas of practice

Our barristers undertake a wide range of work that can be broadly categorised as:

  • Business: commercial & company including  insolvency, intellectual property/media and professional negligence
  • Family law: all areas including domestic and international litigation involving financial provision/remedies, child arrangements and section 8 orders, domestic violence, abduction, adoption, surrogacy and care proceedings
  • Housing: possession and eviction, homelessness, allocations and Judicial Review, anti-social behaviour, disrepair and service charges and housing policy and regulation
  • Property: all areas including landlord and tenant, real property, trusts of land, probate, succession & inheritance matters
  • Public law & Court of Protection: Court of Protection, election law, inquests & inquiries, Judicial Review, local government and community care.


What are we looking for in a pupil?

Academic and intellectual ability: You must be able to demonstrate a high standard of intellectual ability (4 recent tenants have worked as judicial assistants in the Court of Appeal). A 2.1 degree as a minimum is expected. But all applications will be considered on their overall merits.

Evidence of oral and written advocacy skills: You must be able to show you can master a brief quickly, argue your corner persuasively and think on your feet.

Motivation and determination: You need to be motivated, resilient and determined to succeed as a self-employed professional.

Interpersonal skills: You must be able to understand and address clients’ and solicitors’ needs and work effectively in a team.

Initiative:  You need to demonstrate  you have the initiative to solve problems.

Evidence of relevant legal work experience: You should be able to show you have experience of various legal environments whether through volunteering, work experience or paid employment.

Other skills, employment and achievements: We recognise there is no ‘one template’ for a barrister. We value experience within and outside the legal sector.

Generally our pupils’ applications for tenancy are successful.


Application timetable

Wednesday 5 January 2022 to 2pm on Wednesday 9 February 2022  you can email your application to us at pupillage23@fieldcourt.co.uk.  You will receive an automated acknowledgement.

Late February / March 2022: candidates will be contacted to arrange a time for an interview. If we have not contacted you on or before Friday 8 April 2022 to arrange a time for interview, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

April: Interviews.

Friday 6 May 2022: Interview candidates will be notified of the outcome.  Candidates are required to respond to the offer of pupillage within 7 days of the offer.

NB: If an offer of pupillage is made after an interview, we and the prospective pupil must follow the protocol in the “Offers and Contract” section of the current Pupillage handbook.  If the offer is accepted chambers and the prospective pupil must enter into a pupillage contract.


Equal opportunities

We would appreciate it if each applicant completes the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form included at the end of the pupillage application form. This form is not part of the application and will not be considered by those deciding on your application.

We are committed to equal opportunities in all aspects of its work.

We support and promote equal opportunity and treatment for all, regardless of sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, religion, belief, or age.

In accordance with the Equality Act 2010, chambers will fully consider any request for reasonable adjustments.

Please note  expert advice on reasonable adjustments can be obtained from various sources including: