We pride ourselves on our investment in our pupils. They are the barristers in whom Chambers' future resides; our selection procedure is rigorous but fair.
The Chambers Student Guide 2012 says of Blackstone Chambers 'Super-slick and smooth as silk - 35 of them to be precise - Blackstone cannot help but impress... And as expected, the practice is as varied as the biscuit selection.' This builds on recent year's comments that “[Chambers] has a ‘gregarious’ atmosphere and, for the benefit of pupils, effort is made to ‘create a relatively relaxed environment during what is a naturally stressful period’…..'The cross section of work on offer lends itself to diversity’ and 'the set is as good as its word in being open-minded as regards to who and what you are, and where you come from’.”
Please note that mini pupillages are a vital part of our applications process. Accordingly, no pupillage will be offered at Blackstone Chambers unless the applicant has undertaken an assessed mini pupillage.
Blackstone Chambers is a member of Pupillage Gateway – the online pupillage application scheme promoted by our professional body, the Bar Council. Any applications for pupillage at Blackstone Chambers must be made to us via Pupillage Gateway.
The Pupillage Gateway applications window for pupillage commencing in 2013 is now closed. The applications window for 2014 applications will open in April 2013.
More information about the application process can be found in our pupillage guide, which can be downloaded from this page. Full details of the Pupillage Gateway scheme can be obtained from the Bar Council website.
Potential applicants who do not fall within the Pupillage Gateway criteria should contact Julia Hornor, our Chambers Director, for further information. In any event any application by such an applicant should follow the format of our mini pupillage application form, which can be downloaded from the mini pupillage section of this site.
Please note that our online brochure will refer to the Pupillage Portal, which has now been replaced by the Pupillage Gateway.
Pupillage at Blackstone Chambers
We believe that pupils should be involved in every aspect of their pupil supervisor’s work. We give our pupils a rounded overview of a barrister’s role, and equip them for the legal and practical challenges they will face in practice.
As a pupil at Blackstone Chambers, you will have four pupil supervisors through the year. Pupil supervisors are chosen to ensure that each pupil gets a solid grounding in the three core areas of Chambers’ work – commercial, employment, and public law. Beyond that core, you will experience your supervisors’ particular areas of expertise. In recent years, for example, supervisors have been experts in areas including competition law, immigration law, and financial regulation.
Pupillage at Blackstone Chambers is very much a hands-on experience. From your first day with your supervisor you will get stuck into whatever cases your supervisor is instructed on at that moment. The typical work involves doing first drafts of the documents which your pupil supervisor is working on. You will therefore develop a wide experience of drafting pleadings and other court documents, writing skeleton arguments and compiling written advices. You may also be asked to do a first draft of questions to be used in a cross examination, or to prepare opening or closing submissions.
You will also be involved in every step of the advisory and litigation process. Pupils attend conferences with clients, listen in on phone conversations where appropriate, and are encouraged to discuss the strategic, procedural and ethical elements of cases with their supervisors.
The emphasis which we place on the close working relationship between pupil and supervisor means that pupils do not do any additional work for other members of Chambers. You will be able to focus entirely on the cases which you are involved in on a day-to-day basis.
Because Blackstone pupils are exposed to such a wide range of legal areas, the whole year is non-practising, which means that pupils do not do any of their own work during pupillage. On the other hand, we strongly encourage our pupils to take on pro bono cases with FRU or other charities, and we will provide support and ensure that you have the time you need to dedicate to pro bono work.
We currently offer a pupillage award of £60,000 for pupillage commencing in 2013. Pupils may apply to draw down up to £17,000 during their BPTC year. These figures are not affected if, like many of our pupils, you are successful in obtaining further financial assistance from your Inn.
Law Fairs & Events
Over the past twelve months we have been involved in an exciting range of events. As well as attending law fairs we have increased links with other universities such as Queen Mary, Warwick, Bristol and Exeter. Barristers have also spoken at careers based events such as the UKLSA Equality Event, UCL Panel Event and the National Pupillage Fair, aiming to assist those thinking of a career at the Bar. In addition to this we have supported charities and pro bono groups in various ways, including our cooperation with the Bar Council / Social Mobility Fund to sponsor work experience for a 6th former in Chambers, and aimed to reach out to those who have more limited access to information regarding the Bar.
Over the next twelve months we are looking to increase awareness about the Bar to people of all ages and backgrounds through participation in a number of events some of which are listed below. In addition to this we will maintain relationships with existing organisations and universities.
Wadham College Visit
20 May 2013
Students from Oxford University will visit us for the afternoon to learn about life at the Bar and Blackstone Chambers
UCL Student Law Society Handover Training Session
22 May 2013
Our Chambers Director will speak at this session giving attendees an idea of life at Blackstone Chambers life and advice on running a successful law society
UCL Junior Mooting
28 May 2013
One of our barristers will be judging the semi-final of this moot
Law School Challenge
10 June 2013
In conjunction with the Bar Pro Bono Unit and LawWorks, we welcome the winners from the University of West London to spend a morning in chambers
City Mooting Competition
15 May 2013
We judged the final of this competition
Pegasus Trust Scholar
7-24 May 2013
We welcomed a New Zealand qualified lawyer in chambers under this scheme
Gray's Inn - Career at the Bar Event
8 May 2013
One of our QCs spoke at this event which will assisted careers advisors develop their knowledge of careers at the Bar
Inner Temple Schools Project
15 April 2013
In conjunction with London Pathways to Law Programme, Inner Temple arranged for a group of Year 13 students to spend a day at the Inn which included a visit to Blackstone Chambers
Oxford University - Price Moot Court 2013
9-12 April 2013
We provided a judge for this competition
11 March 2013
We visited the university and hosted a talk and drinks reception
UCL Panel Event
11 March 2013
One of our barristers attended and spoke at the event
Middle Temple Open Day
9 March 2013
We spoke at this Open Day
9 March 2013
UKLSA Equality Event
8 March 2013
We are sponsored and spoke at this event
LSE Careers Talk
6 March 2013
Cambridge De Smith Moot
4 March 2013
We sponsored and judged this moot
28 February 2013
We visited the University and held a talk for students
27 February 2013
Nottingham University students spent an afternoon in Chambers
UCL Barristers' Cocktail Party
20 February 2013
12 February 2013
Students from Exeter University paid us a visit for the afternoon
Queen Mary University
11 February 2013
Following our recent essay competition, we hosted a drinks reception
Inner Temple Debate
1-2 February 2013
We sponsored and judged this event
31 January 2013
We visited the university and held a talk and drinks reception
Cambridge Barristers' Event
22 January 2013
City University - Joint Chambers Evening
11 December 2012
We hosted an evening at City University in conjunction with Brick Court Chambers
4 December 2012
We visited Sussex University where we hosted a talk and drinks reception
LSE Bar and Advocacy Evening
27 November 2012
Kings Law Fair
27 November 2012
23 November 2012
We visited Durham University and held a talk and drinks reception
UCL Law Fair
13 November 2012
Pegasus Access Scheme
5 November 2012
Working with Inner Temple, we supported this scheme by welcoming a student into Chambers for a week
Oxford Law Fair
10 November 2012
CfBT Education Trust
29 October 2012
We supported this organisation and welcomed a Year 12 student into Chambers during this week
City University Law Fair
24 October 2012
Oxford University - Life at the Bar Presentation
10 October 2012
We paid a visit to the university and gave a talk on life at the Bar and at Blackstone Chambers
Temple Bar Scholar
8 October 2012
In association with COMBAR we hosted a scholar from the U.S for a week
We have produced a general “Pupillage Guide” which will, we hope, provide you with answers to many of the questions you may have about pupillage at Blackstone Chambers. This can be downloaded here.