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 

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What we offer

Diversity and inclusion are extremely important to the members and staff of South Square and we are passionate about promoting access to the legal profession and in particular to the Bar.  We recognise that our recruitment and pupillage process plays a critical role in furthering our diversity and inclusion ambitions and our Pupillage Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee work closely with external organisations including the Bar Council, 10,000 Black Interns, the Black Talent Charter, and Rare Contextual Recruitment System, to ensure we remain at the forefront of developments in fair recruitment.

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

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.

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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.


  • 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 £75,000 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.


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 pupillage@southsquare.com

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

“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.”


“A sleek, modern set.”

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