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Our Pupillage Application form for 2023 is now available: please download here.

The advert can be viewed here: Church Court Chambers – 12 months – October 2023 | Jobs and careers with Bar Council (

Completed Application Forms must be received by 23.59 on 8 February 2023 by email to Jonathan Sharpling Chambers’ Practice Manager. The subject line of your email and application form should read  Pupillage App 2023 / Your Initials / Date of Submission – ie.  Pupillage App 2023 / CMW / 19th Jan 2023.

Church Court Chambers is a leading multi-disciplinary set with a proud reputation in Crime (both Prosecution and Defence) together with Regulatory, Family and Immigration law. Our Members including six eminent King’s Counsel and 48 juniors, enjoy busy and varied practices; collectively they have an enviable back catalogue of high-profile and complex matters. Individually they are all highly regarded and respected by their peers and the judiciary

We remain committed to recruiting the best and most able pupils offering a structured and effective transition between academia and practice. Chambers considers the development and expansion of Chambers as being inherently linked to our pupillage programme. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in developing a criminal practice together with a willingness to engage with the broad spectrum of potential work available in Chambers.

We look for academic ability, outstanding advocacy skills, evidence of commitment to life at the independent Bar, and hallmarks of character which are reflective of not simply a Member of the Bar, but a barrister who wishes to become in due course a Member of Church Court Chambers.

Chambers is committed to equal opportunities and acts in accordance with the Bar Council’s Code of Conduct and the Equality Code for the Bar. We do not discriminate, or permit discrimination, by reference to sex, race, ethnic origin, national origin, nationality or citizenship, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, religion, political persuasion, disability or age.

Please note we are not currently accepting any mini-pupillage applications due to the backlog from the strike, but will re-open for applications in a few months.

Fixed Term Tenancy:

Chambers are also delighted to offer fixed term tenancies (lasting usually for six-months) for those candidates who have completed pupillage at other-sets or in-house.  Our fixed-term tenants do not pay Chambers’ Rent and are provided with a monthly travel grant to ease financial pressure.

Application is by way of CV and Covering Letter to

Tenancy Applications:

Chambers are always receptive to receiving applications for tenancy from Members of all calls and Practice Areas. Interested applicants are encouraged in the first instance to email Chamber’s Senior Clerk to arrange an informal telephone call:

Through effective Chambers’ management we have one of the most competitive rent/commission packages at the Bar namely £350 rent payable monthly and 11.5% commission payable upon receipts. That structure offers stability and security to our members.

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Criminal Law

Business Crime


Immigration Law

Regulatory and Disciplinary Law

Sports Law