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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 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: 14

Deadline for applications: 10 November 2020

Notification of places: 17 November 2020

Dates: 25 & 26 November 2020


Remote session 2

Maximum number of places: 14

Deadline for applications: 24 November 2020

Notification of places: 2 December 2020

Dates: 9 & 10 December 2020


How to apply

Download Mini-Pupillage Application Form

Please complete this form and send it with a brief covering letter marked for the attention of The Pupillage Secretary.  You can apply either by email ( or by post to Wilberforce Chambers, 8 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3QP.

Given the proximity of the deadlines for these sessions, and the need for the applications to be received by the deadline, we encourage candidates to apply by email.

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 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.

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.

Download Equality and Diversity Policy

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