25 Bedford Row runs and implements an equal opportunities pupillage policy. This runs throughout the selection process to the training and finally to the selection of tenants. Chambers takes all steps to ensure that proper arrangements are made for dealing with pupils and pupillage and that the affairs of Chambers are conducted in a manner, which is fair and equitable for all pupils.
Chambers has a firm commitment to equal opportunities and welcome and encourage applications from all sections of society, regardless of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or age
Chambers operates the following policy with regard to the conduct of pupillage:
Number of pupils
Chambers offer up to three 12-month pupillages, terminable at the end of the twelve months by either Chambers or the pupil, but this policy is reviewable each year by the Pupillage Committee in consultation with the Management Committee of Chambers. Pupillages for a shorter period will be considered for successful candidates where appropriate but must be made through the Pupillage Gateway in line with all other applications.
Depending upon workload, Chambers accommodates 3rd six month pupillages, each 6-months in length (some of whom may have completed 12 months pupillages with 25 Bedford Row, some of who may be external candidates).
Advertisement of pupillages
In accordance with the ‘Pupillage Funding & Advertising Requirements’ issued by the Bar Standards Board (Annex R to the BSB Handbook), all 1st and 2nd six month pupillages offered by Chambers are advertised through the Pupillage Gateway website.
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