KBG continue to recognise that investing in our pupils is an investment in our future. We recognise that our continued success depends upon us recruiting people of the highest calibre and we believe this comes from aspiring barristers.

Why select KBG
Chambers for your pupillage?

At KBG we are able to offer either a pupillage in a particular area of law or a combination of Civil, Criminal & Family law that is bespoke to the applicants ability and requirements whilst factoring work levels in Chambers.

KBG Chambers is a Barristers' Chambers offering quality legal advice and representation in all aspects of family, civil & criminal law, throughout the South West and beyond. KBG, and many of its members, are highly recommended in the Legal 500.

We offer an award of £25,000. This includes a £5,000 payment which is made one month before the start of pupillage and then 12 equal month payments of the remining £20,000. In the past 6 years, each pupil has received more than the award stated due to earnings received in the 2nd six.

Each pupil is given access to our extensive online library, IT software and facilities. Having Chambers in both Plymouth and Truro allows pupils to have access to Chambers in two locations.

Chambers ensures that the conduct of interviews accords with the Equality and Diversity rules for the Code of the Bar. It operates an equal opportunities policy and aims to recruit the best candidates regardless of sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, gender re-assignment, sexual orientation, social background, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, religion or belief or pregnancy and maternity.

All pupil supervisors are on the register of approved pupil supervisors kept by the BSB, have a current practicing certificate, and have regularly practised as a barrister during the previous two years. All pupil supervisors have completed training.


What we are
looking for?

Our process for selecting pupils aims to identify those who we anticipate will be outstanding candidates to join Chambers as tenants at the end of the pupillage year.

We are keen for candidates to not only complete a pupillage on the Western Circuit but build a career and life in the South West, integrating themselves in to the local community. We can provide support, and advice, to any pupil who is relocating and put candidates in touch with previous pupils who have been through the same process.

Successful candidates will typically be resilient and highly motivated and can demonstrate some of the 4 key competencies. Pupils are selected on the basis of their application on the Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway and performance over two interview rounds. Chambers aims to achieve reliability, validity, objectivity and transparency in its recruitment processes as specified in the Bar Council’s Fair Recruitment Guide.

A picture of our 3 pupils who started on October 2023 is below -


About pupillage
at KBG

KBG understands the need to support of pupils from the moment they have accepted our offer until the last day of their second six. We have mentoring and support programmes in place and regular reviews are held with the pupil supervisor, head of pupillage and the Senior Clerk. A WhatsApp group is created for every pupil which includes the most Junior members of KBG who have recently undertaken their pupillage at KBG. We feel they are then able to answer any questions and can quote from recent experience of completing the process themselves.

Chambers has specific checklists in place depending on the area of law you wish to undertake. This allows Chambers to make sure your pupillage will cover all the necessary aspects of your specialist areas, while giving you exposure to the broad range of knowledge, styles of advocacy and approaches to different cases.

We pride ourselves on the support we offer not only during pupillage but throughout your career. Out clerking team has over 150 years experience and can create a practice that factors in individual requirements and needs.

Our process for selecting pupils aims to identify those who we anticipate will be outstanding candidates to join Chambers as tenants at the end of the pupillage year. We are looking to recruit 2/3 pupils to commence their pupillage in October 2024.

ALL applications have to be made through the Pupillage Gateway.

You can view our application from the  24th November 2024 and you can apply from the  3rd January 2024. The closing deadline is 7th February 2024 at 11am.

We can even confirm that our interview dates areas follows -
1st Round - Saturday 23rd March 2024 - Via TEAMS
2nd Round - Saturday 20th April 2024 - In Person, Plymouth

For attended interviews, travel costs will be reimbursed.

If you have any questions regarding the pupillage KBG offers please contact Jennifer Tear, Head of Pupillage, on jtear@kbgchambers.co.uk or Colin Palmer, Senior Clerk, colin@kbgchambers.co.uk

Our official Pupillage Gateway link is here - https://vacancies.pupillagegateway.com/jobs/job/KBG-Chambers-12-months-October-2024/566



Our mini-pupillage window is now closed for 2024 as of January 2024. We will open the window for 2025 in September 2024.

Those who wish to apply for a mini-pupillage are invited to email Liam Gribbin on lgribbin@kbgchambers.co.uk with a CV, cover letter and dates of availability.

Any applications received outside of the application window will not be considered.  Lincoln's Inn offers a mini-pupillage grant scheme, which provides financial support to students wishing to undertake a mini-pupillage who would otherwise not be able to do so. Grants are intended to assist with the costs of travel and accommodation, as well as a clothing allowance if needed.  
Please follow the link below for further information and eligibility criteria:   Lincoln's Inn(lincolnsinn.org.uk)

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