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Students & pupillage

Our work

Monckton Chambers specialises in public and commercial law and the interface between the two. We are recognised as a leading set within our specialisms, which include competition and regulatory; administrative and public; commercial; sports; tax; and technology, media and communications lawOur work is carried out in areas of the law that are rapidly growing and fast moving. It is exceptionally demanding, but also highly rewarding.

Our pupils

We are looking for candidates of the highest intellectual calibre. Most successful candidates for pupillage will have a First Class Honours degree (although it need not be in law).

We do not, however, require candidates to have any experience or expertise in the specialised areas in which we practice, merely an interest in and enthusiasm for the work that we do. We welcome applications from candidates who have degrees in subjects other than law and are taking (or have taken) the GDL.

It is not only intellectual skills that we are looking for: we are seeking candidates with the personal skills to win the trust of clients and judges alike. Monckton Chambers is a dynamic place to work. Members actively engage in speaking at conferences and seminars, in London and internationally, and in contributing to a variety of publications, ranging from our own marketing materials, to specialist journals and practitioner texts. We are looking for junior tenants who will bring real energy to Chambers.

Applications for pupillage

Monckton Chambers offers pupillage for twelve months, full time. The award is £70,000. We ordinarily take two pupils per year. Monckton Chambers recruits pupils selectively in the expectation of being able to offer all pupils tenancy, should they meet the required standard. On average, between 80 and 90% of pupils are offered tenancy.

Several members of chambers have come to us via a non-standard route – for example having previously worked at NGOs, as solicitors, academics or civil servants. For more information, please download our Pupillage brochure.

Selection & interview process

Applications are sifted in order to decide which candidates will be invited for interview. The criteria we apply are intellectual excellence, having the skills and qualities of a barrister, and having an understanding of Monckton Chambers.

Our interview process is then in two stages. The first interview is shorter and less formal. We seek to identify candidates with the skills and potential to be outstanding barristers within our fields of expertise. We do not test specific legal knowledge.

We offer a second interview to a shortlist of candidates. The second interview is based on a legal problem that the candidate has been given to consider immediately before the interview. Again, the problem is intended to test the candidate’s critical reasoning skills, rather than his or her knowledge of any particular area of law. Candidates may also be asked to complete a short piece of written work.

Candidates invited for a second interview who have not previously completed a mini-pupillage are offered the opportunity (Covid restrictions permitting) of spending some time with us to learn more about what we do and to experience the atmosphere in Chambers. It is not, however, a requirement of the application process that you should complete a mini-pupillage with us.

Equality and Diversity

Monckton Chambers is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive working environment.  We invite applications from excellent candidates from all backgrounds. We seek to increase further the diversity of Chambers and particularly welcome applications from members of groups which are under-represented at the Bar.  All appointments will be made on merit.

For the purposes of our initial paper sift, we redact the names of applicants.

How to apply

Monckton Chambers is a member of the Bar Council Pupillage Gateway and all applications should be made in accordance with that scheme. We invite applications from pupils in the year preceding the October in which pupillage is due to start. We are, however, in exceptional circumstances willing to consider applications for deferral.

The application timetable is as follows:

• 5th January 2022 – Gateway opens for applications.
• 9th February 2022 – Gateway closes
• Early March – early May 2022 – Pupillage interviews at Monckton Chambers
• 6th May 2022 – Offers of pupillage will be made.


We operate a mini-pupillage scheme. This is intended for people who are in their final year at, or have already graduated from, university, and who are thinking of applying to us for pupillage. For details, please see our Mini-pupillage page.

Deferred pupillage

Chambers may from time to time consider deferred pupillages where consistent with the rules of the Bar Council Pupillage Gateway.

Special pupillages & hosting arrangements

In some cases we offer special pupillages. For details see our special pupillages page.

Mentoring Scheme

Monckton Chambers along with 9 others sets run a mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar.

The purpose of the scheme is to support and encourage individuals from groups which are underrepresented at the Bar of England and Wales (and in particular the commercial bar) to pursue careers as barristers. Those underrepresented groups include women; people from minority ethnic backgrounds; people with disabilities; LGBT+ people; people who spent time in care; and people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

The scheme will run between October 2021 and May 2022. It is open to all undergraduates and graduates from groups that are underrepresented at the Bar of England and Wales (and in particular the commercial bar) and who do not yet have a pupillage offer.

Successful applicants to join the scheme will be allocated a mentor, who will be a member of one of the participating sets of chambers. In addition to Monckton, the following Chambers are taking part this year: Blackstone, Brick Court, Essex Court, Fountain Court, Gatehouse, Keating, 7 King’s Bench Walk, One Essex Court and 3 Verulam Buildings.

As part of the scheme, mentees will be offered:

  • Between three and five one-on-one meetings with their mentor.
  • A workshop on applications for pupillage.
  • Subject to developments in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, one or more social events for mentors, mentees and members of the participating sets of chambers.

The deadline for applications to the mentoring scheme has been extended and will close at midday on 20 September 2021 (previously 6 September 2021).

Further information on the scheme, including the email address for the application form, can be found here and the application form here.