The recruitment of able and committed barristers is fundamental to the continued success of College Chambers. We welcome applications from those with experience at the Bar.

The qualities we look for from a candidate are:

  • Academic achievement
  • Integrity
  • Empathy and the ability to communicate with clients
  • An aptitude for advocacy


Chambers takes a long-term view towards pupillage so as to guarantee our quality of service and enhance our reputation through the careful selection of future tenants. Our recruitment process reflects the high standards necessary to become a member of Chambers.

Our pupils can expect a comprehensive range of work, excellent and intensive training, and a good level of funding. Each pupil is given a dedicated pupil supervisor who will provide the correct balance between tutoring and assessment.

During the second six months of pupillage, our pupils will have the opportunity to take on work in their own right, supported by the breadth and depth of knowledge from College Chambers and providing a solid foundation for development of practice beyond pupillage and into tenancy.

Applications for pupillage are now open. We are currently seeking to recruit 2 pupils commencing as follows: April 2019 and October 2019.

College Chambers is a thriving collegiate set on the South Coast that gives future tenants the opportunity to create a fantastic work-life balance. We are a general common law set, with a particular emphasis on family law. Full details of the work undertaken can be found on our website.

Applicants should be aware that very little criminal work is undertaken by members of Chambers.

Funding is by way of a grant of £6000 payable monthly during the First VI, and guaranteed earnings of a minimum of £6000 during the Second VI. While the guarantee is at £6000, in previous years Second VI pupils have billed in excess of £20,000.

Details of how to apply:

All applications should take the form of a typed letter (maximum 1 side of A4 and minimum font size 11), and curriculum vitae (maximum 2 sides of A4) and be sent to Neil Maton, Head of Pupillage.

Applications by e-mail are NOT accepted.

The closing date is the 30th November. You should ensure there are 3 copies of your letter and application form enclosed. Please note it will be the applicant’s responsibility to show that their application was received by the closing date.

Applications will not be acknowledged upon receipt, but it is hoped that all candidates will be contacted by end of December to inform them as to the progress of their application.

If you have previously applied for pupillage with College Chambers this must be highlighted in your application, and only those who can demonstrate a significant change in circumstances will be reconsidered. Please ensure any changes are outlined in your covering letter.

In addition, we are now required by the Bar Standards Board to undertake equality and diversity monitoring in respect of all pupillage applications. We would therefore appreciate it if you could fill in the monitoring form found on the pupillage page of our website and submit this to us with your application. Applicants can be assured that their applications are not processed by any member of the selection panel, and the equality and diversity form will be separated from their application immediately upon receipt.

Please click here for a copy of the monitoring form.

Mini Pupillage

Chambers welcomes applications for mini-pupillage from those aged 18 or over and have finished the first year of their undergraduate degree (not necessarily in Law). Applications are accepted by email (CV and covering letter) and will be considered once a month.

Please click here to view our Mini-Pupillage Policy for more information about how to apply. Our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form can be found here.



College Chambers tends to recruit from its current pupils but also welcomes tenancy applications from established practitioners.

Please apply to the Head of Chambers, Derek Marshall, at College Chambers, 19 Carlton Crescent, Southampton, SO15 2ET.

All applications are treated in strictest confidence and in accordance with the Equality and Diversity Code for the Bar.