Pupillage

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.

Pupillage brochure 2018/19 Download

What we offer

There are several opportunities on offer at South Square throughout the year.

 
Pupillage+
3rd six pupillage+
Funded mini-pupillages+
Un-funded mini-pupillages+

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.

Find out more About South Square

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.

TRAINING

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

You can apply by post or by email at: pupillage@southsquare.com
If you are applying for the one year pupillage please download and complete the application form (we will be using the Pupillage Gateway from October 2018).
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.

If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please contact pupillage@southsquare.com

Contact information South Square
3-4 South Square
Gray's Inn
London WC1R 5HP
+44 (0)20 7696 9900
pupillage@southsquare.com

“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.”

ROSE LAGRAM TAYLOR, PUPIL (2017)

“A sleek, modern set.”

Chambers Student Guide
Scroll To Top