Pupillage

Pupillage

We offer up to two funded 12-month pupillages each year, to successful applicants who intend to seek a tenancy at the Chambers of G.D Tetteh. Chambers accepts deferred applications. Exceptionally, we may also have vacancies for third-six pupils who have completed a twelve month pupillage elsewhere.

Pattern of Pupillage
A pupil will normally be attached to one pupil supervisor and will be involved in every aspect of his or her practice. In addition, pupils will see the work of other members of Chambers (in conference or in Court) to ensure that a broad range of work is experienced and to enable pupils to be involved in cases that may be of some general public interest or importance or of particular interest to that pupil. Pupils are also encouraged to do work for members of Chambers other than their pupil supervisors so that as many people as possible are able to see their work and so that pupils can get feedback from a wider variety of practitioners, each of whom will doubtless have differences of approach and practice.

The work of a pupil is diverse. A large component will be helping in the preparation of trials and applications and attending Court with your pupil supervisor. It will also include drafting statements of case, researching the law, writing opinions and attending conferences, where advice is given and the case is discussed with solicitors, clients and expert witnesses. Pupils will attend court with their pupil-supervisor and are encouraged to accompany junior members of Chambers to court. Pupils will be expected to travel on circuit with their supervisors on a regular basis. These are all skills which a barrister at the Chambers of G.D Tetteh can expect to use throughout his or her practice. We ensure that pupils have the opportunity to develop them during pupillage, and help them as far as we can to do so.

In their second six months, pupils will begin to undertake work in their own right (with the assistance and support of their pupil supervisors and other members of Chambers). Typically this will involve interim applications, case management and preliminary hearings and low value trials in the Employment Tribunal and County Court. All pupils are also encouraged to join the Free Representation Unit as soon as they start their pupillage (if they have not already done so) as this provides valuable advocacy and case management experience from an early stage.

Selection Criteria
It is important that our pupils have the potential to become good advocates. For this reason, applicants who are invited to an interview may be asked to prepare and present a short advocacy exercise, usually an application for permission to appeal to the Appeal Court.

Applicants are accordingly assessed by reference to the following criteria:

• A first class degree, a 2:1, or a good 2:2 (with compelling/compassionate circumstances).

• Intelligence

• Advocacy skills

• Sound judgment

• Written skills: presenting arguments, giving advice and drafting documents

• Oral skills: ability to communicate with solicitors, clients and experts

• Ability to absorb information from extensive documentation

• Ability to analyse documentation and oral information, and to identify salient issues

• Attention to detail

• Professional stamina/capacity for hard work

• Resilience

• Ability to work alone and as part of a team

• Commitment to a career at the Bar

• Sense of responsibility

A more relaxed standard may be applied to candidates for pupillage who intend to practise abroad and thus do not intend to seek a tenancy at the Chambers of G.D Tetteh.