Established and Current Practitioners
We always have room for both established crime practitioners, and those more recently qualified who are looking for a change, or indeed, to move into criminal practice.
Most commonly we are joined by practitioners moving out of London . We do not expect applicants to come with a following, but simply look for ability and commitment. In return we have a substantial workload in both defence and prosecution work that we look to service with high quality practitioners. All formal enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence and should be made to Andrew Fisher Q.C. (Head of Chambers) or Rachel Brand Q.C. In the case of current practitioners we recognise the need for discretion, and operate a process that ensures confidentially whatever the outcome of the application may be. Potential applicants may also wish to contact the Chambers Director, John Binks, for an informal preliminary conversation.
The Head of the Pupillage committee is Nicholas Berry.
The policy of Citadel Chambers is to recruit pupils steadily and gradually, with the emphasis on quality. We usually take at least one pupil per year. That pupil will have a sound 2:1 degree or above, together with strong A-Level results.
Chambers does not encourage speculative applications. All vacancies and the closing dates for applications are advertised on the Pupillage Gateway website, in accordance with the requirements of the Bar Council.
All applications should be by Curriculum Vitae, together with a manuscript covering letter addressed to “The Secretary of the Pupillage Committee” and not to any individual by name.
The selection process begins with a sift of the applications received in response to an advertised vacancy. A shortlist of about 10 to 12 candidates is drawn up, and those candidates will be invited for interview. The pupillage committee tries to ensure that the same interview panel deals with each candidate. After the first round of interviews, a second shortlist is compiled – usually 2 or 3 candidates. Those candidates will be invited to attend assessed 3 day mini-pupillages. During such a mini-pupillage, the candidates will spend time with a number of members of chambers and will be asked to complete a piece of written work. Depending upon the particular field, a final round of interviews may take place.
The current twelve month pupillage remuneration package is worth £15,000.
Chambers operates an Equal Opportunity Policy.
A limited number of unfunded one-week mini-pupillages are available to students interested in a career at the Bar. We regret that due to the nature of our work and the high number of applications received each year, we are unable to consider applications from students under 18 years old.
Applicants should write, marking the envelope ‘Mini-Pupillage’, enclosing a covering letter and a CV with a list of dates of availability for the following 12 month period. Please note that we cannot accept applications by e-mail.
For applications for mini-pupillage during the summer period, please apply no earlier than 1st November of the previous year, and no later than 14th February.