Garden Court Chambers has always been driven by our strong ethics and a passionate belief in human rights and social justice. Since our foundation in 1974, these principles have underlined all aspects of the work that Garden Court members do. Garden Court is renowned for its expertise in advancing the law on civil liberties, human rights and social justice.
We have been involved in many landmark cases and decisions, particularly in crime, immigration, claims against the police and public authorities and inquests. We have a long-standing reputation for taking on cutting-edge, claimant public law cases and our multi-disciplinary expertise allows us to take on the most innovative cases and contribute to developments in the law.
We currently have nearly 200 tenants working in and across a variety of practice areas including criminal defence, family law, housing, immigration and public law. Find out more about our practice areas.
Important Dates For 2023-2024 Pupillage Recruitment Year
25 November 2023 – Garden Court Chambers Pupillage Open Day
The Open Day will include talks from members of chambers, including some tenants who undertook their pupillage here, on:
- Applying for pupillage
- Pupillage structure and support
- The tenancy decision
- Life as a junior tenant at Garden Court
Prospective pupils will have the opportunity to meet members of chambers and the support staff in an informal environment and ask any questions they may have about pupillage and practice at Garden Court Chambers.
Where? Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ
When? 2pm – 4pm, Saturday 25 November 2023
PLEASE NOTE: In order to attend, you must register. Please CLICK HERE to be taken to the booking form.
Pupillage Recruitment Calendar
27/11/2023 - all approved Pupillage vacancy advertisements will be published for prospective applicants to browse on the Gateway.
03/01/2024 – Pupillage Gateway submissions window opens at 11.59pm. You can now start submitting your applications for pupillage via the Gateway. We will not have access to your applications until the window closes.
07/02/2024 – Pupillage Gateway closes at 12.00pm. Garden Court Chambers will now begin the shortlisting process. Applicants will be notified and updated only through the Pupillage Gateway portal.
(date tbc) April 2024 – First Round Generalist Pupillage Interviews.
(date tbc) April 2024 - Specialist Crime Pupillage Interviews. Candidates will be sent the exact time slot in the week before.
(date tbc) May 2024 – Second Round Pupillage Interviews. You will be interviewed on one of these days, not both. Your interview slot will be allocated at random.
05 May 2023 – Offers will be sent out after 9am.
This year, we are offering five 12-month pupillages. There will be three generalist pupillages available, with one specialist crime pupillage and one specialist housing pupillage.
Our pupillages are highly structured with relevant in-house training sessions running throughout the year. Your training will include sessions on specific drafting skills, bail applications, judicial review and trial advocacy, to name a few.
Pupillage is divided into two parts; six months as a non-practicing pupil, and six months as a practicing pupil.
We aim to provide our pupils with as much opportunity as possible to observe different areas of law in practice. Therefore, you will have three supervisors from three different areas of law during your pupillage.
First six months
Your first six months will be divided between your ‘first six’ supervisor, who you will be working with for four months, and your satellite supervisor, who will supervise you for the final two months of your first six months.
You will also be encouraged to shadow other barristers to experience a range of practicing styles. This will include shadowing a junior criminal law practitioner to prepare you for when you are ‘on your feet’ during your ‘second six’.
Second six months
In your second six months, you will have a different supervisor, usually a criminal practitioner, and most of your time will be spent in court. Most of the time you will be doing your own cases, but you will also be expected to cover work for other barristers.
You will meet regularly with your supervisors to discuss your progress.
Throughout your pupillage, the Operations Manager will be your main point of contact and will meet with you regularly to ensure that your pupillage is running smoothly. You will also be assigned a ‘buddy’; a junior practitioner who also did pupillage at Garden Court Chambers and who will be available to you for support.
The pupillage award at Garden Court Chambers is £35,000. This is divided into £29,000 during your first six months and £6,000 as guaranteed earnings in your second six months.
Pupils will receive an annual zone 1-6 London Travelcard when they join and will be reimbursed for additional travelling expenses where appropriate.
During your pupillage, your supervisors will produce feedback on the period of the time during which they supervised you. They will also seek comments from other tenants you produced work for. You will be asked to undertake two written assessments; one civil assessment and one criminal assessment.
In addition, you will also be asked to submit three different written pieces of work produced during your pupillage, from at least two different areas of law. Finally, there will be an interview and an advocacy exercise.
All pupils who reach the quality standard required by Garden Court Chambers will be offered tenancy, regardless of the area of law they wish to practice in.
Garden Court Chambers organises two mini-pupillage courses each year. The first is held in March and the second is in September/October. On each occasion, we take 8 – 10 mini-pupils.
October Mini Pupillage week dates:
- 11th December, 2023 - Applications OPEN
- 12th February 2024 - Applications CLOSE, 10 AM Deadline
- 11th - 15th March 2024 - Mini Pupillage Week
Link to applications below:
On each day of the course, mini-pupils are offered the opportunity to attend court or other hearings, work on legal research in Chambers and attend conferences. Early evening de-briefing sessions are organised and followed up with a talk from a barrister from the different practice teams at Garden Court Chambers. It is expected that mini-pupils will attend the whole week.
Unfortunately, Garden Court Chambers is not able to offer any placements outside of our dates and only applications made using the online form on our website will be considered. The application form will be available only during the application window when the dates have been confirmed. All applications will be sent to a member of the Pupillage Committee for review. They will select the successful candidates and provide a list of reserves.
Our mini-pupillage weeks are intended purely for work experience and are only available to persons over 18 years of age. The criteria used for assessing mini-pupillage applications are different from those applied to pupillage. We do not require potential applicants to our pupillage scheme to have completed a mini-pupillage with Garden Court Chambers.
If you have any queries regarding mini-pupillage, please e-mail email@example.com
We aim to offer mini-pupillages to those who share our commitment to human rights, social justice and equality and to those who would benefit the most from the experience.