Tax legislation is complex, you need to be rigorous, pay great attention to detail and also to be creative.

Chambers Student Guide, 2019


Mini-pupillages are an opportunity for those considering a career as a barrister to learn more about the profession and about life in a specialist tax set of chambers.


In 2021-22, Chambers will be offering applicants the opportunity either to attend Chambers for a two-day mini-pupillage or to attend a one-day virtual mini-pupillage. Subject to Government guidance, successful applicants will be offered their choice of format.

During their mini-pupillage, applicants will be supervised by a junior member of Chambers and will be set tasks intended to give them an insight into the work of a junior tax barrister. Mini-pupils may also be offered the opportunity to attend court with a member of Chambers and to ask any questions that they may have about Chambers and the professional life of a barrister.

All mini-pupillages are funded (including virtual mini-pupillages): mini-pupils receive an allowance of £50 per day (this allowance is available whether or not any expenses are incurred). In addition, where a mini-pupil’s reasonable costs of attending a mini-pupillage exceed that amount, a further needs-based allowance is available. We ask that successful applicants who wish to apply for the further allowance inform us as soon as possible after accepting an offer of mini-pupillage.


Applications for mini-pupillages are considered three times a year:

  • Applications for mini-pupillage within the period 1 November 2021 to 21 January 2022 inclusive (excluding the period 13 December 2021 to 7 January 2022) should be made by 14 October 2021. GDL students are particularly encouraged to apply in this round;
  • Applications for mini-pupillage within the period 1 March to 29 April 2022 inclusive should be made by 28 January 2022; and
  • Applications for mini-pupillage within the period 6 June to 28 October 2022 inclusive should be made by 6 May 2022.

Applications should be made to the Mini-Pupillage Secretary by email to in the following format:   

Please attach a full CV and cover letter. Since applications are considered on an anonymous basis, it would be helpful if applicants did not state their name in either document (please simply sign them ‘Applicant’).

  • In the cover letter the applicant should explain why they are interested in undertaking a mini-pupillage in Chambers.
  • In either their CV or cover letter, applicants must include full university examination results to date (including for first-year examinations).
  • Applicants should indicate their available dates for a mini-pupillage.

If your application does not provide the above information then we may not be able to consider it.

Experience suggests that mini-pupils get most out of their time in Chambers if they are in their second or later year of a law degree or have started the GDL (or are undertaking the BTC). We therefore give priority to such applicants when mini-pupillage rounds are over-subscribed.

In addition to the general mini-pupillages outlined above, we are pleased to say that Chambers is offering places on Bridging The Bar’s flagship mini-pupillage scheme. Please click here for further information, including how to apply. These applications are considered separately to the application process set out above.

All enquiries relating to pupillages and mini-pupillages should, where possible, be made by email to