South Square recruits up to three high calibre pupils a year with a strong academic record and the potential to become an outstanding commercial barrister. The minimum academic qualification is a 2:1 degree.
Pupils are selected from a broad range of backgrounds and experience, whether recent university graduates or those seeking a second career at the Bar. A number of our members have degrees in law, some have taken non-law degrees and then sat the CPE/GDL, and others have started their career in another sector before becoming a barrister.
Please apply for pupillage through the Pupillage Gateway
What we offer
There are several opportunities on offer at South Square throughout the year.
Pupils are welcomed into all areas of Chambers’ life and are provided with a structured programme designed to train and equip them for a successful practice in a dynamic and challenging environment. Pupils sit with a number of supervisors for periods of six to eight weeks to experience a range of practices and work.
Pupillage is not run as a competition between pupils, and Chambers’ approach is to recruit all pupils as tenants who meet the required standard.
REQUIREMENTS: 2:1 degree
DEADLINE: Please refer to the Pupillage Gateway
INTERVIEW DATE: To be confirmed
START DATE: October 2020
We welcome applications for third six pupillages from applicants who have completed a pupillage at a leading Commercial or Chancery set. Applications for 2020/ 2021 should be sent to the Pupillage Administrator with a CV, covering letter and two references clearly marked “Application for 3rd Six Pupillage” by 19 July 2019
Each year we offer up to ten funded mini-pupillages for the duration of one week with an award of £750.
As a funded mini-pupil, you will be placed with senior members of Chambers who are qualified to act as pupil supervisors. During the week you will be given a written problem to solve which will be reviewed if you apply for a full pupillage.
Please send a CV and covering letter by post or e-mail to the Pupillage Administrator. If you are a non-law candidate, we would expect you to have started the GDL before applying for a mini-pupillage with us.
Applications for our next funded mini-pupillages, between February and November 2019, must be received by 21 January 2019 and 27 May 2019.
Our unfunded mini-pupillages, typically two days long, offer an invaluable insight to the workings of a barristers’ chambers.
We offer them between January and March, April and July, and October and December each year.
A mini-pupillage is not a requirement for prospective pupils at South Square, but if you are considering a career at the Bar we recommend taking several of them in different sets and covering diverse areas of the law.
Please send a CV and covering letter by post or e-mail to the Pupillage Administrator. If you are a non-law candidate, we would expect you to be in the last year of your degree or to have started the GDL before applying for a mini-pupillage with us.
Applications for our unfunded mini-pupillages, between January and December 2018/2019, must be received by 19 November 2018, 22 April 2019 and 8 July 2019.
Who we are
South Square is a highly respected and successful commercial set involved in complex and high-profile international and domestic commercial litigation.
Our members are recognised as leaders in their fields in all the key legal directories and have acted in some of the most important commercial cases of the last decade – including Lehman Brothers, MF Global, Madoff, Northern Rock, Formula One and the LIBOR litigation.
What we do
South Square’s work is mainly focussed on financial and banking issues. We are the market leader for restructuring and insolvency, and widely recognised for our work in banking and finance litigation. Members also specialise in commercial litigation, company law and fraud related disputes.
South Square’s work has a significant offshore focus, and members regularly appear in the courts and tribunals of international jurisdictions, notably the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
OUR PRACTICE AREAS
- Banking & Finance Litigation
- Insolvency & Restructuring
- Civil Fraud
- Company Law
- Commercial Litigation
We also have expertise in Sport, Arbitration and Mediation and work across many sectors including banking, financial services, insurance, oil and gas, government and regulation, mining, manufacturing, shipping and retail.
Funding & Benefits
Pupils receive awards of £65,000 per annum (reviewed annually). £20,000 of the pupillage award may be paid in advance for living expenses during the BPTC.
As a junior tenant you would receive a number of benefits including: subsidised travel and conference fees; no rental charge during your first 15 months of tenancy and no receipts charge for the first 6 months; subsidised membership of key professional associations for the first 2 years; and assistance and training in financial planning and business development.
We aim to achieve a balance between training and assessment. Our pupils are welcomed into all areas of Chambers’ life and provided with a programme to equip you for practice in a dynamic and challenging environment. You will sit with a number of pupil supervisors for between 6 to 8 weeks, during which time you will have the opportunity to become fully involved in all aspects of their practice.
How to apply
If you are applying for the one year pupillage please apply through the pupillage gateway
If you are applying for a funded or unfunded mini-pupillage please send us your CV and a covering letter stating which pupillage programme you are applying for to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please contact email@example.com
ROSE LAGRAM TAYLOR, PUPIL (2017)
“The pupil supervisors have been brilliant; very friendly and supportive throughout the year, always willing to answer any questions I had or to discuss a point of law.”
Chambers Student Guide
“A sleek, modern set.”