It is Chambers’ intention to ensure that the opportunity to undertake pupillage is open to all upon merit and ability; it would be contrary to that intention, were offers based upon the ability and/or willingness of a particular candidate to fund themselves through pupillage. Accordingly, Chambers provides awards of £30,000 to each of its three 12-month pupils.
Chambers will make a grant towards the living expenses and food requirements incurred during the 1st six months of pupillage. The total payment will be £15,000, paid in monthly installments, payable in advance (subject to possible delay during the first month whilst a CHAPS transfer is set up). This payment is made on the basis that the pupil continues as a pupil in Chambers during the 1st six months but, should that arrangement cease, for whatever reason, the payments will be stopped.
During the 2nd six months, Chambers guarantees earnings up to a figure of £15,000. In the unlikely event that a pupil’s earnings do not exceed this sum in any given month, Chambers will pay the pupil the difference. During the 2nd six months period of pupillage, Chambers does not seek to recoup any fees on monies earned. Again, this payment is made on the basis that the pupil continues as a pupil in Chambers during the 2nd six months but, should that arrangement cease, for whatever reason, the payments will be stopped.
Chambers does not fund 3rd six month pupillages. By way of clerking and Chambers’ fees, 3rd six month pupils are charged 10% of their income. 3rd Six pupils are expected to secure their own insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF).
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