4 Pump Court is a leading set of commercial barristers’ chambers in London. We have particular expertise in the fields of construction and engineering; international arbitration; energy; insurance and reinsurance; technology and telecommunications; shipping; banking; and professional negligence. We are ranked highly in the Legal Directories in all our areas of specialism.
We take recruitment of pupils extremely seriously. We recognise that attracting talented individuals with the ability to become top-class barristers and training them carefully is a key part of retaining Chambers' position as a leading set.
At 4 Pump Court we pride ourselves on our reputation as an approachable, supportive, and friendly place to work. Whilst our pupils can expect to work hard and be challenged intellectually during their time with us, we offer a supportive environment where regular feedback and early courtroom experience combine to offer pupils the best possible start to a career at the Bar.
The pupillage award is £70,000, of which £15,000 can be drawn down during the BPTC year. In addition our pupils retain the fees which they earn during their second six months.
During pupillage at 4 Pump Court you will have three different pupil supervisors: the first two for three month periods and the third for the final six months. Both pupils will have the same three supervisors. This is to ensure you have the opportunity to experience as broad a range of our work as possible and to ensure that the pupils’ work is assessed by the same people. You will accompany your supervisor to Court and conferences with clients, and will produce written work on live cases on which your supervisor will provide detailed feedback.
During the first six months of pupillage there are four formal assessments: two pieces of written work and two advocacy exercises, each assessed by members of Chambers other than the pupil supervisors. You will receive detailed feedback at each stage to ensure that you are able develop your talents and gain a real-life understanding of the skills required of a commercial barrister. Our programme of assessments also ensures that pupils are assessed fairly and on a level playing field.
In your second six months you will undertake a significant case load of your own. We place great emphasis on the development of advocacy skills and are committed to giving our pupils as much court experience as we can. We strongly believe this invaluable court experience in the early years of practice gives our barristers the edge over other commercial sets where little court work is on offer in those early years. You will spend a significant proportion of your time in the County Courts and will quickly gain valuable experience of arguing cases in front of District Judges and Circuit Judges in a variety of common law matters, such as sale of goods, insurance disputes, banking, and personal injury. You continue to work with your pupil supervisors in the second six months, but at the same time you develop your own varied advocacy and advisory practice.
4 Pump Court has a strong record of recruitment from its pupils. There is no quota of any sort, and if both pupils meet the standard of excellence that we require then they will both be offered tenancies. Consequently, our pupils are not in competition with each other. On the few occasions where pupils are not offered tenancies, we have an excellent record of helping them to find good third six pupillages elsewhere.