The first 12 months

2020 Applications are now open

Should you apply?

You should not apply to us unless you have a real interest in pursuing a career based around our prime areas of expertise. Our areas of work are diverse and our practice is national and international.

Number of places available

We generally advertise up to three 12 month pupillages commencing October each year. Our advert will be posted on the Pupillage Gateway website but we do not recruit through the Gateway or follow the Gateway timetable.

Funding

The funding for 2019 onwards is £35,000 plus expenses:

  • First six months:  an award of £20,000 paid in monthly instalments
  • Second six months:  guaranteed income of £15,000 i.e. monthly income calculated from the date practice commences is “topped” up to £2,500
  • Up to £6,000 of the above funding is available as a drawdown towards funding the BPTC year
  • Continuing Education Allowance:  up to £500 paid towards courses such as Advice to Counsel, Forensic Accounting and Human Rights
  • Travel Expenses:  reimbursement of reasonable expenses incurred in travel for the purposes of pupillage

Structure of pupillage

Candidates who secure pupillage at Three Raymond Buildings can be assured of an excellent grounding in all aspects of criminal and regulatory law through working with, and learning from, leading practitioners with a national and international reputation.

Each pupil can expect to work with a different supervisor every four months. During the first six months, pupils take a very active part in the practice of their supervisors and observe how busy juniors conduct their cases.

Second six pupils will also receive their own work, mainly in the Magistrates’ Courts but with some PTPHs, mentions and bail applications in the Crown Court.

Throughout pupillage, pupils are encouraged to work with as many other members of Chambers as possible, at all levels of seniority. Work done for others forms part of the reference process at the tenancy application stage.

Training

We have a full in-house training programme over the year including several advocacy sessions run by qualified trainers, educational sessions on subjects such as case preparation, legal submissions, ethics, conduct at court and practice management sessions on case management, time recording and billing.

Monitoring and Feedback

Pupils are monitored regularly to ensure that BSB checklists are being completed, that they are receiving all the requisite training and experience and that work is being allocated fairly. Feedback meetings are also held with outgoing and incoming supervisors at the end of each four month assignment, so that positive and negative points about a pupil’s performance are identified and any action required addressed during the next assignment.

Facilities

Our accommodation is fairly typical of a set of Chambers in an Inn – a mixture of traditional layout and modern technology. Rooms are sufficiently populated to create a busy atmosphere. Inevitably there is a lot of research work for barristers and pupils, quite often at short notice, but much of the information can be found in our electronic library and sent quickly to one of our network printers.. We have a number of conference rooms and are noted for the warm welcome we offer to our visitors.

People

We have an open door policy here, with everyone willing to offer assistance and advice. If pupils are prepared to make themselves known to everyone, offer assistance, ask questions and offer opinions, they will get an enormous amount back from us and enjoy themselves in the process. We like pupils to be involved in Chambers life and we have regular social evenings to make sure this happens.

After pupillage

At the end of the 12 month pupillage, we interview pupils for tenancy in chambers. This is a structured process which takes the form of a question and answer session and an advocacy exercise. Generally we offer tenancy to candidates who have demonstrated exceptional abilities during pupillage and at interview. Those who are not taken on as tenants are allowed to remain in chambers for a maximum of three months, during which time they will be given every assistance with their applications to other chambers. Our future as a leading set of chambers is in the recruitment of tenants who trained at Three Raymond Buildings as pupils. In the last ten years we have offered tenancy to 14 of our pupils, all of whom accepted.

Application Information

The 2020 recruitment process is now open and our advertisement can be found on the Pupillage Gateway website.
Offers of pupillage will be made at 9am on Monday 8 April 2019.

If you wish to apply for pupillage, or have any specific questions, please email pupillage@3rblaw.com.