Chambers was founded 40 years ago as a radical set with the aim of representing all sectors of the community and in particular disadvantaged groups. Chambers has since grown and developed to cover many areas of practice but we continue to have a strong commitment to ensuring access to justice for all through first-class representation. We are committed to representation of legally aided clients, which we believe is critically important at a time when legal aid cuts continue to have a pernicious effect. In addition to our legally aided work many of our members are involved with pro bono work in local communities and internationally with the same aim of working with vulnerable groups.

Chambers prides itself on its multi-disciplinary character, ensuring the best representation for our clients by benefiting from expertise within and across practice areas. 

Application Procedure

Applications for a 12 month pupillage commencing in October 2017 are invited by 18 April 2017 at 6pm and will not be accepted after this time.

If you wish to apply please email Julie.clarke@1mcb.com with a C.V. and attach your answers to the questions below in a word document. Please enter ‘1MCB Pupillage Application’ as the subject.

1 Why do you wish to become a barrister? (150 words)
2 Please identify any experiences / skills gained that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
3 Why do you want to come to 1MCB? (BC) (200 words)

Please ensure that your C.V. includes the following: name; address; telephone number; email address; Inn; details of scholarships, prizes and/or publications; education (including grades obtained); work experience (including a brief description of what that work involved); voluntary work (including a brief description of what that work involved) and two referees.  

Interviews are expected to take place on the 10 and 11 June 2017 and if you are shortlisted we will ask you to complete a written exercise prior to attending.

Selection Criteria

All pupils are selected in accordance with Chambers’ selection policy.​ We are looking for applicants who demonstrate a commitment to our ethos and of exceptional ability. Weight is also given to qualifications and past legal and advocacy experience, including voluntary work, whether in the United Kingdom or abroad. We are committed to the Equality and Diversity Code for the Bar.

Chambers is committed to recruiting pupils on an equal opportunities basis and so can only accept applications for pupillage (including from those with exemptions) through this route. 

Pupillage at 1MCB

A grant of £15,000 will be awarded made up of £7,500 in the first six and £7,500 guaranteed earnings in the second six. Travel outside of London is reimbursed by Chambers. Pupils do not pay rent or a percentage on their earnings.

Pupils will be allocated two supervisors and in their first six will benefit from the opportunity to work in different areas of law. Pupils will be supported with training throughout this period and can expect to be in court most days during the second six.

Sponsored Pupillage

Please note that Chambers does not accept applications for sponsored pupillage.

Mini Pupillage

1MCB offers a mini pupillage programme, details of which can be found here. You do not need to complete mini-pupillage with us as a prerequisite to applying for pupillage.


Please address any enquiries concerning pupillage to Bernadette Smith.

Current Pupils

Details of our current pupils can be found here.