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Pupillage
We offer between one and three six- or twelve-month pupillages each year

Please note the change to the closing date for pupillage applications

We are a specialist revenue law set of Chambers. Our work covers all areas of United Kingdom taxation and many of us practise in the European and international tax law fields. Tax law involves the analysis of many other areas of law and pupillage applicants should possess a firm understanding of trust, contract, land, European Community, human rights and company law.

Pupillage Selection Criteria

We assess pupillage candidates based on academic and intellectual abilities as well as oral and written communication skills. We assess each applicant’s understanding of and interest in our work. We welcome applications from law and non-law graduates alike; priority is given to applicants with high academic achievements and successful applicants tend to have first class degrees.

The criteria by which we select our pupils, and ultimately our tenants are:

  • Academic and intellectual ability.
  • Advocacy and communication skills, including, clarity of expression and thought, ability to think and respond under pressure and potential capacity as an advocate.
  • Interest and understanding in the type of work done by chambers, ability to work with members of chambers, instructing solicitors and accountants, clients, staff and other pupils, determination and resilience.

We want to recruit the best and brightest candidates whatever their background and whether or not they are originally studied law at university.

We offer between one and three six- or twelve-month pupillages each year (up to £32,500 grant for each six months; i.e. up to £65,000 for a 12-month pupillage), and on occasion we accept applications for second or third six pupillages. Pupils will be assigned to one pupil supervisor, but will additionally spend time with most or all members of Chambers. This ensures that each pupil is exposed to all areas of Chambers’ work.

Much of pupillage will be spent in Chambers, reading papers in matters on which a member of Chambers is advising, gaining an understanding of the issues and sitting in on conferences. Due to the great emphasis on excellent written work, in particular opinion writing and drafting, there will be opportunities throughout pupillage to impress in that way. Whilst the majority of the work is advisory, practice at the Tax Bar also involves significant court and tribunal appearances, nearly all of which are reported. In previous years, pupils have attended the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as well as the specialist tax courts.

Our pupils do not normally receive instructions from clients during any stage of pupillage. We regard pupillage as a training period and the complexity of revenue law is such that pupils are generally not ready to undertake instructions before the expiry of that period. For pupils having spent a first-six pupillage in a chancery or commercial set, we would normally recommend both a second-six and third-six in revenue law before commencing practice.

Pupillage candidates will usually be required to have a degree (First Class or good Upper Second) in Law, or in another subject and to have successfully completed the CPE conversion course to the same standard. Successful applicants will often have done a mini-pupillage in these Chambers.

We have traditionally accepted for pupillage both recent graduates and those who have practised tax in other professions. This is a tradition we are keen to continue.

Applications should be sent to the Pupillage Committee at Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers by post or email (pupillage@taxbar.com ) and should be in the form of a CV with a covering letter. The deadline for receipt of pupillage applications for pupillage commencing in October 2021 is 1 December 2019 (second or third six applications may be made throughout the year). We would encourage potential applicants to do a mini-pupillage.

Depending on the number and strength of candidates, there may be as many as three rounds of interviews, with a written assessment comprising part of the second round.

Occasionally a further round is held later on in the year.

Mini Pupillage

Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers offers a number of funded and unfunded mini-pupillages throughout the year. The funding for funded mini-pupillages is £500 per week.

Prior knowledge of tax law is not necessary, and we encourage applications from those who have no previous knowledge of tax law but would like some experience of the kind of work we do at the Tax Bar.

Applications should be sent to the Pupillage Committee at Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers by post or email (minipupillage@taxbar.com) and should be in the form of a CV with a covering letter and state the applicant’s reasons for wanting to undertake mini-pupillage in these chambers and their available dates.