9BR is particularly proud of its pupillage programme and is rightly known for being “extremely nurturing of its junior members”. A Pupil Advocacy Training Programme is provided throughout all stages of pupillage with a curriculum of mock advocacy exercises. Pupils also benefit from 9BR’s legal practitioner seminar programme that provides topical lectures from members and distinguished outside experts. Pupils spend four months with each supervisor in their first 12 months and 6 months with their final supervisor once they are on their feet, to ensure they have as rounded a training as possible and are exposed to the full breadth of Chambers’ practice.

Chambers takes seriously its commitment to only offer pupillages with a genuine view to tenancy.

Chambers will be offering three 18-month pupillages starting in October 2023 with an award of £36,000 made up of a monthly stipend in the first six months, followed by guaranteed earnings for the 12 months pupils will be on their feet. Once on their feet, pupils will be kept very busy with Chambers’ diverse and growing practice and can expect to be in court every day with a wide variety of work, regularly earning in excess of the minimum guaranteed earnings threshold. During their first six months, pupils will be reimbursed for occasional travel outside of the South East and London Circuits. Chambers also will cover the cost of any mandatory training undertaken during pupillage.

Pupillages will be spent with practitioners specialising in English criminal law. Pupillages will not involve work with our international criminal law team but will involve short periods working as part of Chambers’ extradition practice. Pupils will receive basic training in relation to NMC and court martial work.

Applications are welcomed from dynamic individuals with a passion for advocacy and the law and respect for the traditions of the Bar. We are looking for outstanding candidates able to combine legal acumen, good judgment and persuasive advocacy with the determination needed to take advantage of the opportunities offered at our successful and growing set.

Application Timetable

Chambers is no longer part of the Pupillage Gateway Scheme. However, the timetable for applications and communication of offers is the same as the Pupillage Gateway Scheme.

The deadline for applications was 09 February 2022.

We expect to be in touch with all applicants by 31 March 2022 regarding the status of their applications.

First round interviews will take place on Saturday 09 April 2022 and will consist of three set questions. Final round interviews will take place on 26-27 April 2022 and will include an advocacy exercise.

First round interviews will take place remotely over Microsoft Teams/Zoom. It is hoped that final round interviews will be conducted in person at Chambers. Government guidance in relation to the ongoing pandemic will be considered in due course.

Offers will be made on 06 May 2022 in accordance with the timetable set by the Bar Council.

3rd Six Pupillages

In addition, Chambers accepts direct applications from suitably qualified candidates for third six pupillages. Please email pupillage@9brchambers.co.uk with your CV and a short covering letter explaining the nature of the application and answering within it the following two questions:

  1. In light of changing times at the criminal bar, how do you intend to establish yourself as a successful business?
  2. Why have you decided to apply to 9 Bedford Row in particular?


The 9 BR mini-pupillage programme is currently under review. Once the programme is resumed all relevant details will be published on this page.

Please do not submit applications as they cannot currently be considered.

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