Third Six Pupillage

In order to support our thriving and rapidly growing workload, St Mary’s Chambers is looking to recruit at least one highly able third six pupil with particular aptitude in either of Chambers’ main practice areas of financial remedies or children law. 

Aptitude for financial remedy work is highly desirable.

During your third six you can expect to be in Court regularly. You will be supported and mentored by members of Chambers and benefit from our pro-active support of your professional development. Alongside a more senior mentor you will be allocated a more junior ‘buddy’ who will offer more informal support.

All offers of third six pupillage are made with the intention that pupil will become a tenant at the end of their third six. All seven pupils in the last five years have become tenants on completion of their pupillages.

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Applications should be made by CV and covering letter emailed to Chambers’ Senior Clerk, Scott Baldwin. The covering letter should be limited to addressing each of the following competencies in no more than 200 words per competency. You should cite specific examples from your work to evidence how you demonstrate each competency, with a particular focus on what you did:

  • Effective communication skills – demonstrates an ability to communicate in a way which is clear, focused, effective in achieving its aim, varies according to the circumstances in which the communication takes place.
  • Persuasiveness – demonstrates high standards of persuasive oral and written advocacy to effectively present or advance their clients’ interests.
  • Efficient workload management – demonstrates an ability to effectively and efficiently manage the demanding workload of a barrister, is able to prioritise tasks and meet client needs.
  • Sound judgment – demonstrates an ability to provide pragmatic and sensible advice, takes a pragmatic and sensible approach to the presentation of their clients’ cases.
  • Ability to empathise / effective rapport building / interpersonal skills – demonstrates an ability to engage with a diverse profile of clients, is aware of and sensitive to different cultural issues.
  • Team working abilities – demonstrates an ability to be an effective and contributing member of chambers’ community.

Please also submit two examples of written work you consider best demonstrate your abilities.

You should provide the names and contact details of two individuals who can provide a reference against these competencies. One should be your last pupil supervisor.

The deadline for submitting applications is 5th October 2018. Interviews will take place in Chambers at mutually convenient times during October 2018 and we expect all candidates will be advised of the outcome of their applications by the end of that month.

Applications will be considered in confidence and if you wish to discuss your application in advance of making it, or visit Chambers, then please do not hesitate to contact Scott Baldwin


Whilst third six pupillages are unfunded, there will be tremendous opportunities for career development and for significant earnings.

Nil expenses are charged on third six pupil receipts, which means all receipts during the six months are the pupil’s exclusively and Chambers charges a modest and highly competitive rate of expenses of 13% to all first year tenants from pupillage.

Pupils in their second six earn on average in excess of £25,000 and our first year tenants earn on average  in excess of £65,000.