2020 pupillage applications are now open.

12-month pupillage for 2020/21.

Number of pupillages: up to two
Awards available: yes
Financial support level: £60,000.00 (£15,000.00 of which may be drawn down during the BPTC year)
Closing date: 4pm on Friday 8th February 2019
Pupillage start date: around September 2020
Pupillage type: 12 month pupillage

Tanfield is a leading set in property law and a ‘force to be reckoned with’ across all aspects of commercial and residential real estate litigation and ADR.  

Chambers adopts a pro-active and involved approach to pupillage, taking on up to two pupils every year with a view to eventual tenancy. Our policy is only to recruit those we consider to be potential future tenants.

Pupillage at Tanfield is divided into three periods of four months each with different pupil supervisors. The aim is to introduce pupils to the core practice areas in Chambers, giving them experience of court work and the opportunity to work with as many members of Chambers as possible.

During their second six months, pupils can expect to be in court regularly. Their work will consist mainly of possession claims and interim applications. Other likely work could include small claim trials, fast track trials and tribunal work.

Chambers offers up to two 12-month pupillages. The current level of award for each pupil is £60,000 half of which is by way of guaranteed earnings during the second six months. Up to £15,000 of the award may be drawn down during the BPTC year.

Candidates are expected to have a first class or good second class degree. A lower degree result will be considered in exceptional circumstances. We are also looking for evidence of analytical thinking, effective communication skills and the ability to influence and persuade. Successful candidates will have to show strong interpersonal skills, resilience, drive, determination and motivation.

If you would like to apply for pupillage at Tanfield Chambers for the pupillage year 2020/21, once our application process commences, please download the following documents and follow the instructions to complete and submit your application. The links below will be activated once applications are open.

Pupillage Application Form

Diversity Monitoring Form

Privacy Policy (Fair Processing Notice)

Guidance Notes

Selection Process

Selection Criteria

Third-six pupillages and mini-pupillages

In addition to twelve-month pupillages, we usually look to recruit an additional number of third-six pupils. We also have an active programme of mini-pupillage during vacation periods, encouraging those with an interest in chambers - or those contemplating a career at the Bar - to gain experience in an informal way. 
For further information, please see details below

  • Third-six pupillage

    Third Six Recruitment

    Chambers has a history of recruiting third six pupils in July and August of each year for a September/October start, and with a view to tenancy.

    Contact: For any information on third six pupillage at Tanfield Chambers, please email pupillagecommittee@tanfieldchambers.co.uk.

  • Mini-pupillage

    Mini-pupillage is an excellent way for those considering a twelve-month pupillage to experience the working atmosphere in Chambers. It is also a unique opportunity for students to find out whether they might be interested in a career at the Bar. Chambers has the capacity to offer one mini-pupillage during every week of the year except during the two week period over Christmas and the New Year.

    How to apply

    In order to ensure that mini pupillage is a valuable learning experience Chambers will ordinarily expect applicants to have at least reached the final year of undergraduate study or commenced the law conversion course prior to spending time in Chambers. If you are interested in taking one of the mini-pupillage places and have either reached or surpassed the appropriate academic stage please apply by email to minipupillages@tanfieldchambers.co.uk at least twelve months before you wish to start enclosing (1) a covering letter, to include, if applicable, whether Chambers needs to make any reasonable adjustments to address any disability from which you may suffer (2) a full and an up-to-date copy of your CV and (3) optionally, a completed copy of the diversity monitoring questionnaire which can be downloaded from this website. Applications made by any means other than by email to the aforesaid email address may not be considered.


We are always looking for high-calibre practitioners to join one of our practice groups.
At Tanfield, barristers have the opportunity to build their practice in a friendly, dynamic and team-focused environment. Chambers is open to flexible working and has a generous Parental Leave policy. Chambers also offers the chance to share ownership of the freehold building from which we practise and a rent structure which reflects its out-of-Inn location.
Please send applications to Nick Isaac, Chair of the Recruitment Committee. All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.

Equal opportunities

Tanfield Chambers is a firm believer in equal opportunities and we consider all applications for pupillage, tenancy or administrative positions on merit - regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender-reassignment, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status,  maternity or pregnancy or disability and encourage and welcome applications from those who are under-represented at the bar.