3 Hare Court is committed to providing high-quality training for those wishing to pursue a career at the Bar. We offer two fully-funded pupillages, each with an award of £65,000. Our aim is to offer all of our pupils tenancy at the end of their pupillage.
3 Hare Court is a ‘top tier’ set and is recommended in the legal directories as a leading chambers for commercial litigation, travel, employment and public law. Members of chambers regularly appear in the most significant cases in these practice areas, acting as advocates in court and tribunal proceedings, arbitrations and inquiries, as well as providing specialist legal advice to clients in the UK and internationally.
Chambers is committed to providing excellent training to ensure that our pupils have the skills, knowledge and judgment to succeed at the modern Bar.
Chambers offers two fully-funded pupillages of 12 months’ duration. Each pupillage carries an award of £65,000. This is normally made up of £55,000 in the first 6 months, and £10,000 in the second 6 months, plus receipts, but Chambers endeavours to be flexible as to the timing of payments as we understand that finance is a concern to all pupils. £10,000 of the award may be drawn down during the Bar Professional Training Course. Chambers also pays for all the compulsory courses which pupils are required to undertake during pupillage.
Tom Poole KC is the head of pupillage. Chambers’ full-time pupil supervisors are: Katherine Deal KC, Robert Strang, James Hawkins, Asela Wijeyaratne, Ben Channer, Chris Loxton and Rowan Pennington-Benton.
Pupils in Chambers are not in competition with each other. Our aim is to offer all of our pupils tenancy at the end of their pupillage.
The pupillage year is, therefore, designed to equip our pupils with the skills and experience needed to enjoy a successful and fulfilling career at the Bar.
At the start of pupillage, each pupil is assigned a pupil supervisor who will be responsible for their training and supervision for the first two months. Pupils change supervisors every two months. We endeavour to assign pupils to pupil supervisors with differing practices, so that pupils can experience the widest possible range of work. In a typical year, pupils will spend time with up to six separate supervisors.
Pupils spend much of their time drafting pleadings, opinions, skeleton arguments and other documents for their pupil supervisors. In addition, they accompany their pupil supervisors to hearings and conferences, and assist them with legal research or other tasks.
Pupils will experience a broad range of work across all of Chambers’ main practice areas during their first six months in pupillage. In their second six months, pupils can expect to have their own clients and attend court and tribunal hearings multiple times a week.
Pupils have monthly appraisals carried out by their supervisors and a formal assessment at the end of each pupillage ‘seat’.
Chambers runs a programme of advocacy training during pupillage (the first two sessions of which are not assessed). This involves various mock hearings on the same case, which are tried by senior members of Chambers.
Chambers places an emphasis on business development and self-marketing during pupillage.
Pupils are encouraged to use the knowledge of members, their relationships with clients, and marketing skills to forge their own relationships and ensure their own professional development.
Pupils are encouraged to become involved in contributing to news articles on Chambers’ website and social media platforms and to attend networking events. Pupils are also actively involved in seminars provided by members of Chambers.
Applications for pupillage are through The Pupillage Gateway. Shortlisting and invitation to interview normally take place in March.
We look for candidates with a strong academic background, lucidity of expression, strong people skills, and the commitment and energy to succeed in the competitive world of the modern Bar. The purpose of our selection process is to identify pupils who we anticipate will be outstanding candidates to join Chambers as tenants at the end of the year.
We are committed to diversity at the Bar. We especially encourage and welcome applications from women, individuals with Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, those with disabilities and those who are LGBTQ+, as well as those from other groups that tend to be underrepresented in the legal profession.
Chambers takes its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity very seriously and all recruitment decisions are made in accordance with our Equality and Diversity Policy. In relation to pupillage applications:
Tenancy decisions are normally made after about 9 months of pupillage – around the middle of July. These decisions are taken by Chambers as a whole and are based principally on the considered views of the pupil supervisors (including the pupil supervisors’ conclusions as captured in the formal assessments completed at the end of each pupillage ‘seat’).
As above, when selecting tenants, we look for evidence of ability in the following areas:
Successful applicants will need to demonstrate the ability to identify, analyse and argue the salient points, produce good written work, cope under pressure, and develop a strong practice.
It is our normal practice to recruit junior tenants from those who have undertaken pupillage in Chambers, and we have an excellent record of offering tenancies to our pupils.
We recognise that securing tenancy is just the start of a career at the Bar. Chambers, therefore, strives to support junior tenants and their practices in the first few years. One of the key ways we do this is by offering a very favourable rent structure for the first years of practice.
Chambers also works to ensure that junior tenants receive a fair allocation of work and are supported in the development of a practice in their preferred areas of work. New tenants are likely to be well paid from their first months of practice and will accumulate experience of a broad range of civil and commercial work.
It is not our usual practice to offer third six pupillages, either to existing pupils, or those looking to move from other sets. However, if Chambers is actively seeking to recruit third six pupils, vacancies will normally be advertised on the Bar Council’s third six pupillage vacancies page.
We understand that pupillage can be stressful. To help our pupils Chambers has a mentoring scheme in place. Each year an experienced pupillage supervisor steps outside the pupil training programme and is available for pupils to speak to on an entirely confidential basis. This enables pupils to speak freely about any problems or issues they may be having, so that they can be resolved as swiftly as possible.
Chambers will make all reasonable adjustments to accommodate applicants. If you have any particular concerns or requirements about access of any sort, and/or any queries about pupillage at 3 Hare Court, please contact our Chambers Manager, Guy Mitchell, via our dedicated pupillage email address.
3 Hare Court hosted a virtual pupillage open event on 19 January 2023.
Our Head of Chambers, Howard Stevens KC, introduced the event before handing over to our Head of Pupillage, Tom Poole KC, who provided an introduction and overview of our pupillage application process and what pupillage at 3 Hare Court consists of. During the remainder of the event, delegates heard from a range of Chambers’ practitioners (mainly from the junior end) on their areas of expertise and experiences of training and practice at 3 Hare Court.
If you missed the event you can view the recording below.