Recruitment

Walnut House is pleased to announce that it is now recruiting for a pupil to start in either 2020 or 2021.

All applications for pupillage should be made by filling in the form provided on this page. Please do not send a separate CV or covering letter. You should submit your form in word format only by email or post, marked for the attention of Emmi Wilson (emmi.wilson@walnuthouse.co.uk). The deadline for applications is 4pm on 31st January 2020. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All prospective applicants are invited to view chambers’ advertisement on the Pupillage Gateway (www.pupillagegateway.com) in addition to the information contained on this page.

Funding

We offer a pupillage award of £20,000 made up of a £10,000 grant for the first six and £10,000 guaranteed earnings for the second six, payable in monthly instalments. Pupils are not expected to pay any chambers contributions on their second six earnings.

Selection process

Our process of selection aims to identify pupils who have the potential to be members of chambers in due course.

All pupillages are offered with a view to tenancy.

The applications that are received will be sifted and candidates will be shortlisted for interview by reference to the following criteria:

  • Academic Achievements – A good record of achievement in formally assessed qualifications with a weight towards legal academic achievements at tertiary level and above. We expect candidates to have achieved or be predicted to achieve a Very Competent on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), although we will take into account exceptional circumstances. Offers of pupillage made before completion of the BPTC will be conditional upon achieving an overall final grade of Very Competent.
  • Influencing/Advocacy Skills – Experience of mooting, legal work experience, other evidence demonstrating ability in this area.
  • Effective written communication skills – Well written, well structured and shows evidence of analytical thinking.
  • Motivation and determination – Work experience, reasons for seeking to become a barrister, demonstrates a particular interest in Walnut House.

It is intended that there will be two rounds of interviews with at least one of those involving an advocacy exercise, such as a plea in mitigation, which will be given to candidates on the day.

Chambers will then review the performance of all candidates at interview and, if appropriate, make an offer of pupillage.

Chambers’ selection and recruitment policies are implemented in a manner that is fair, based on merit and non-discriminatory.  Chambers invites applications from all sections of society.  Such factors as age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation shall not be considered at any stage of the selection and recruitment process.

Pupillage structure

During your pupillage, your first six months will be spent in two month rotations with the Crime, Civil and Family Teams shadowing members of chambers at different levels of seniority. Your second six will be spent undertaking your own court work in courts throughout the Western Circuit and across chambers’ practice areas.

You will have a pupil supervisor who has overall responsibility for making sure that your training needs are met. You will also be assigned a mentor who will take responsibility for your welfare during pupillage and with whom you will meet periodically to discuss your progress and any concerns that you might have.

You will be provided with a training plan which will set out what is expected of you during your pupillage and how you will be assessed.

You will be asked to carry out advocacy exercises and submit written work periodically throughout your pupillage year, on which feedback will be given.

Chambers does not require its pupils to make a separate application for tenancy. Decisions on tenancy will be made towards the end of pupillage. Your performance in assessed advocacy exercises and your written work will be taken into account as part of the tenancy decision process.

Equality and Diversity Monitoring

Walnut House is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. We aim to select candidates for pupillage solely on merit irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

As part of chambers’ commitment to equality & diversity, it collects and analyses statistical information on all pupil applicants to monitor the effectiveness of its policies.

As such all applicants are encouraged to fill in the equal opportunities monitoring form provided on this page and submit it with their application. All information gathered will be used for monitoring purposes only and will not form part of the selection process.

Tenancy

Walnut House is always interested in hearing from high calibre practitioners with established practices in any of our core areas. All applications for tenancy are considered on their individual merits and will always be dealt with in the strictest confidence. In the first instance enquiries should be directed to our Head of Chambers, Adrian Chaplin, or our Practice Director Bernard Hayward who will be happy to discuss your application on an informal basis and advise further on the application process.

Mini-Pupillage

We can offer mini-pupillages of three days to exceptional candidates who have reached at least the second year of their undergraduate studies. Mini-pupillages are intended to give an introduction to the life and work of a barrister and how chambers operates. You will shadow members of our chambers at court and may also have an opportunity to see some of the work done in chambers.  Applications should be made on our application form which can be found here. Please send your completed application to Emmi Wilson by email: Emmi.Wilson@walnuthouse.co.uk. You are also encouraged to fill in our equal opportunities monitoring form and submit it with your application, which can be found under the Equality & Diversity tab below.