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Mini-Pupillage: a virtual programme

Wilberforce Chambers is committed to giving those interested in the Bar an idea of how chambers operate, and what life as a practising commercial chancery barrister might be like.

In normal times, a mini-pupil would visit chambers and spend three days participating in various talks and discussions with members of Chambers and staff, and visiting Court or otherwise shadowing members of Chambers as they go about their work.

In current circumstances, we have inevitably had to adapt the programme in order for it to work in a remote environment.  The entire programme will, therefore, be offered virtually.  It will nevertheless provide prospective barristers with the opportunity to get to know us and see what life at the chancery / commercial bar has to offer.

We will be holding two ‘remote’ programmes.  Each programme will run across two days and will involve various talks and virtual meetings with members of chambers, Head of Pupillage, our current pupils or other juniors and, where possible, attending remote hearings and conferences or consultations with members of Chambers.


Remote session 1

Maximum number of places: 10

Deadline for applications: 29 April 2021

Notification of places: 7 May 2021

Dates: 18 & 19 May 2021


Remote session 2

Maximum number of places: 10

Deadline for applications: 29 April 2021

Notification of places: 7 May 2021

Dates: 25 & 26 May 2021


How to apply

Download Mini-Pupillage Application Form

Download Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Please complete both forms and send it with a brief covering email (not a separate letter) marked for the attention of The Pupillage Secretary to

If you need further assistance, please call and ask for the Pupillage Secretary in confidence on 020 7306 0102 or email us at


Who will I get to ‘meet’?

The programme is being run remotely, but we have nevertheless incorporated ways for mini pupils to meet members of Chambers.  Each mini-pupil will be assigned to a member of Chambers who will act as mini-pupil supervisor.  There will be opportunities to discuss with that person, and with other members of Chambers, practice at the Bar generally and in Chambers in particular.


What will I see and do?

The content of each mini-pupillage will vary, particularly at the moment, but the virtual programme will include reading and discussing paperwork and participating in various talks and discussions with members of Chambers and staff.  Where possible, mini-pupils will remotely attend conferences with clients and remote hearings with members of Chambers.

Our mini-pupillages are not usually assessed, and this programme is no different, but you may be asked to consider a problem question or some papers with a mini-pupil supervisor.


Equality and diversity

We are committed to the promotion of equality and diversity across all aspects of our practice. The information in the form will be used only for monitoring purposes and not for the purpose of assessing the merits of your application.

Equality of opportunity is essential for the maintenance of high standards and the provision of a quality service to clients.  It also ensures a harmonious working environment for members of Chambers and staff.

In particular, we seek to follow best practice equality and diversity procedures in all aspects of recruitment.  With mini-pupillage recruitment this involves the use of application forms and the use of objective selection criteria in accordance with the recommendations of the Bar Standards Board’s Equality and Diversity Rules of the Code of Conduct.

Applicants with a disability should contact the Pupillage Secretary in confidence if there are any reasonable adjustments that may be made in relation to their applications.