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Pupillage update

Thank you to everyone who has applied for Pupillage this year. We will be notifying applicants by 17th March…

Chambers has a strong commitment to equality of opportunity for all and welcomes applications from people from all sections of society, regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age or religion.

Equality & Diversity

If you are an established practitioner looking to move to Chambers with forward thinking colleagues and first class administrative support, then you may wish to apply for a tenancy with us. Chambers offers an exciting, and highly competitive flat rate percentage. To discuss this further, please contact our Head of Recruitment, Sophie Shotton or Glenn Matthews Senior Clerk or call for a confidential chat on 020 7842 1919

All approaches are dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

We are currently inviting applications for third six pupillage to start immediately. We practice nationally, but pupils can expect to work primarily in London and the South East, and to be in court every day.

We are a friendly set and possess a firm commitment to equal opportunities. Pupils can expect to participate fully in Chambers life.

Applications for Third Six Pupillage to be submitted by email with a covering letter and CV to Gabriella Fearns at & Chloe Carvell at (Secretaries to the Pupillage Committee)  marked for the attention of ‘Third Six Pupillage’.

All applications will be treated in strict confidence and in accordance with the Bar Council’s Equality & Diversity Rules.

A mini pupillage at 15NBS  is an important opportunity for you to experience life as a Barrister. It will help you make a better informed decision as to what court life is really like and what is required of you in Criminal Law. It normally involves spending 3 days at court, maybe even attending at conferences. You will be able to ask questions and speak to other members of the Bar and view Court Life.

Lincolns Inn fund a mini pupillage grant scheme  – please follow the link for more information and to apply. You do not have to be a member of Lincoln’s Inn to apply.

We offer pupillage between April – October for people studying Criminal Law and must be 17 + years.

Applications should be made in writing and emailed to from February 2022 for the new period April-October 2022 enclosing a covering letter and a CV and your exam results to date.

15NBS Chambers

Chambers of Martin Rutherford QC

2 x 12 month Pupillage (October 2022, April 2023) 

15NBS Chambers is a prominent set of chambers on the South Eastern Circuit, specialising in criminal and regulatory work, providing representation at every level. Chambers will be offering two criminal pupillages starting in October 2022 and April 2023, respectively.


What we offer

We offer a first class pupillage which provides pupils with the breadth and depth of experience needed for a successful career at the Criminal Bar. We pride ourselves on ensuring that pupils are well supervised and supported throughout their pupillage and we have an excellent track record of recruiting tenants from those who complete pupillage with us.

Pupillage at 15NBS Chambers is divided into three periods (two three-month periods in the first six and six months in the second six) each of which are spent with a different supervisor. You will be expected to produce work for other members of Chambers throughout the year and you will receive in-house advocacy training and formal feedback at the conclusion of each three-month period.

We are looking for the brightest graduates from any university to fill our pupillage places, but we do not exclude anyone purely on the basis of their class of degree. We look for personality, all-round ability and commitment as well as considering your academic record. We are an equal opportunities employer.


Financial Support

The pupillage award for 2022 is currently £19,144 but pupils should expect this to increase during pupillage in accordance with the London Living Wage as prescribed by the Bar Standards Board. This is by way of a grant of £9,572 for the first non-practising six months and guaranteed earnings of £9,572 during the second practising six months.

In addition, Chambers pays for the continuing education courses which a pupil is required to undertake during pupillage and for travel costs outside of London.


How to apply

All 12-month pupillages are offered by way of a non-gateway application form, which can be downloaded using the link below.

Applications will be accepted from 11am on 05 January 2022 at

The closing date for the 2022/23 pupillage applications is on 09 February 2022.

Download Application