9 Gough Chambers is a leading common law set known for its core strengths in advocacy, drafting and advisory work. Clients include solicitors, local government, central government, corporate bodies and individuals.

Tenants practise in all areas of work for the first three years after recruitment, which provides enviable advocacy experience and develops an interesting and varied practice.

We advertise for applicants for common law pupillages from time to time, ordinarily on an annual basis, and information about future application rounds will appear on this page. Our pupillage package (which is a combination of an award and an earnings guarantee) is £50,000.

In the upcoming Bar Council application round (ending on 9 February 2022), we shall be inviting applications for up to one pupil to commence pupillage in October 2022 and up to two pupils to commence pupillage in October 2023. Applicants may apply for one of those commencement dates, or for both simultaneously.

Areas of Work

Members of chambers work and specialise in a wide variety of areas. The largest group in chambers practises in personal injury and clinical negligence work, which is linked to work in inquests and inquiries. There is a strong criminal team with work in fraud, sexual offences and general crime, and a growing regulatory team working with professional bodies and individuals. Members also accept instructions from the Metropolitan Police and other constabularies, as well as other Government bodies (such as the Home Office) in a variety of civil and quasi-criminal cases. The family team undertakes the full range of public and private law work, and growing Court of Protection work permits cross-over between the family and civil disciplines. The commercial and property team is routinely involved in cases of all levels of complexity, covering a wide spectrum of disputes from cases relating to commercial leases and construction contracts to consumer credit and insolvency matters. In this common law set, members of chambers, and particularly junior tenants, frequently encounter and tackle a wide variety of other areas of work, including employment, public and costs work.

Who Should Apply?

We look for highly-motivated candidates of proven analytical and intellectual ability who can also demonstrate a commitment to the Bar and a flair for advocacy combined with common sense and sound judgement. We look for candidates who want to have and develop common law practices.

We operate and observe a robust equality and diversity policy, including in recruitment; and for many years we have been at the forefront of E&D issues at the Bar.

Pupillage Programme

We offer funded pupillages of 12 months’ duration.

We strive to ensure that each pupil sees as broad an array of work as possible, and particularly in our main practice areas. Before a pupil starts on his or her feet, he or she sits with a pupil supervisor in each of civil, criminal and family work.

The pupillage programme includes regular feedback and a number of assessed exercises.

Application Process

We operate an online application system. We do not take applications through the Pupillage Gateway or by direct e-mail.

In the upcoming Bar Council application round (ending on 9 February 2022), we shall be inviting applications for up to one pupil to commence pupillage in October 2022 and up to two pupils to commence pupillage in October 2023. Applicants may apply for one of those commencement dates, or for both simultaneously.

These vacancies are also advertised on the central Bar Council Pupillage Gateway; however, applications will only be accepted on our own application form. We do not accept or process applications through the Pupillage Gateway.

The application form and guidance will be published on this page on 14 December 2021.

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