Why pupillage at Devereux?
Devereux is a top civil set and its members are recognised as leaders in their fields by both Legal 500 and Chambers UK. We advise and represent leading solicitors firms, major corporates and multi-nationals, government departments and private individuals.
We are friendly and forward-looking and have an excellent reputation for the quality of our work. We have won or have been nominated for multiple awards across our practice areas. Our core areas of law are commercial litigation and arbitration (including insurance, reinsurance, professional negligence and telecommunications), employment, personal injury, clinical negligence, and advisory and contentious tax (acting both for HMRC and the taxpayer).
A pupillage at Devereux will offer you the opportunity to be involved in fascinating, often complex, litigation.
Our pupillage programme
Our starting point is that we want you to succeed. In line with our reputation as a progressive set, we have developed a structured and challenging pupillage programme. Our aim is to ensure that a pupillage with us is stimulating and exciting and that pupils receive the support necessary to fulfil their potential. In the last four years we have recruited all pupils who applied through Pupillage Gateway as tenants, which demonstrates both their hard work and the effectiveness of their training.
To read how a pupillage at Devereux is structured, please click here.
What do we look for in pupils?
In selecting our pupils, we look for potential tenants: graduates who can demonstrate incisive analysis, strong advocacy skills and academic excellence. Common sense, practicality and the ability to get on with people are also key requirements.
- Pupillages funded: two.
- Tenancies in last four years: eight.
- Minimum qualification: 2.1 and an impressive all-round CV.
- Awards: £50,000 (£15,000 available during the BPTC year, paid as two instalments, in December and in May. During the first six months of your pupillage, you receive £17,500 in monthly instalments and during the second six your earnings are guaranteed at a minimum of £17,500, also paid monthly).
- Training: placements with leading juniors in at least three of Chambers' main practice areas.
- Assessment: six formal written assessments and two formal advocacy assessments.
- Applications for pupillage should be made through Pupillage Gateway.
Need more information?
In an article for Legal Cheek, Thomas Cordrey offers some practical advice as to 'How to gold-plate your pupillage application?'. In their feature 'Five minutes with...' Shaen Catherwood talks to TargetJobs about how to stand out during the pupillage application and interview process.
Some of our previous pupils, now members, share their own experience which you may find helpful:
- John Platts-Mills and Harry Sheehan on 'Five pupillage application form essentials'
- Colm Kelly on 'How to give yourself the best chance of securing pupillage'
- Katya Hosking on 'Securing pupillage — It’s a jungle out there!!'
- Marianne Tutin on 'How I secured pupillage'.
- Matthew Sellwood on 'My life as a pupil'.
- Ishaani Shrivastava and Bayo Randle on 'My first year as a Devereux tenant'.
We regularly participate at events organised by BPTC providers and run twitter campaigns under the hashtag #PupillageTips. In this handy document, we summarised the key tips we shared during 2016 on how to prepare for applications and how to deal with pupillage interviews.
If you are interested in applying for a pupillage at Devereux, you can get a feel for who we are and the type of work we do before you apply. We have around 30 mini-pupillage places available each year for those interested in learning more about a career as a barrister at Devereux. We also participate in access schemes which offer additional mini-pupillages as well as social mobility schemes.
Due to the high volume of applications, candidates are requested to select only one of the mini-pupillage seasons in their application. School pupils are not eligible for mini-pupillages. Priority will be given to applicants who have at least reached the 2nd year of their law degree or have confirmed places on a law conversion course. Applications must be received by the designated dates, after which time candidates will be informed in writing of the outcome of their application.
1 January – 31 May
Applications by 31 October
1 June – 31 August
Applications by 31 March
1 September – 31 December
Applications by 30 June
Devereux considers all applications on an equal basis and does not discriminate on grounds of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief or age. Information provided in the equal opportunities monitoring form will be kept separately from your application form and will not be considered during the selection process.
Devereux Chambers welcomes applications for pupillage from those with a disability.
Access to the main building is via a ramp as is access to the conference rooms. The building contains a disabled toilet. However, there is no lift to the higher floors in this building. The practice managers, administration and marketing teams are based in a different building which has full wheelchair access, a disabled toilet and a lift to all floors. A substantial number of the barristers are also based in this building. There is also access via a permanent ramp to Middle Temple Gardens.
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