We view mini pupillage as an important opportunity for students to gain invaluable work experience within a busy established set of Chambers.  Mini pupillage can provide an excellent insight into whether the Bar as a career or our specialist practice areas are those to which applicants could aspire. 

Chambers recruits a maximum of one mini pupil per week.  Mini pupils will spend up to five days with members of Chambers and ordinarily will go to Hull Magistrates Court or Hull Crown Court with criminal practitioners.  The hours are around 9.30am – 4pm although we are happy to accommodate mini pupils on a flexible basis – e.g half days or shorter working hours as we understand that many people have family or academic commitments.  Mini pupils observe hearings and trials, sit in on conferences, listen to negotiations and read case papers.

Mini pupils must not, under any circumstances, offer any advice to any person. In addition, mini pupils must not express any opinion either in court, during conferences, or during negotiations, unless asked by Counsel. 

Mini pupils are not expected to travel outside Hull to different Court centres.  Mini pupils are not offered financial support to cover subsistence or travel expenses.

We ask mini pupils to sign a confidentiality statement upon arrival at Chambers on their first day.  We ask mini pupils to wear a dark business suit appropriate for Court.

We ask mini pupils to attend reception in Chambers at 9.30am on the first day where they will be allocated to a barrister.



Chambers generally offer one 12-month funded pupillage per year. There is a £6,000 award in the first six months and guaranteed minimum earnings of £6,000 in the second six months. Pupillages are offered with a view to tenancy.

Applications will be considered in line with the OLPAS timetable and details of upcoming vacancies will be published on this website and



Applicants are considered on merit and are assessed on a first come first served basis throughout the year.  Due to the limited number of places we expect that applicants will have completed at least their second year of a law degree or they are undertaking the graduate diploma in law.

We invite applicants to send a covering letter and an up to date CV marked ‘Mini pupillage’ to Wilberforce Barristers, 7-9 Bishop Lane, Kingston upon Hull HU1 1PA or by email directly to the mini pupillage officer Michael Forrest  We endeavour to respond to all applications within 14 days but during busy periods it may be longer.  The mini pupillage officer will contact you by email suggesting convenient dates.  It may not always be possible to re arrange the date of a mini pupillage once agreed.

Selection Criteria

Chambers does not discriminate directly or indirectly on grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religion or political persuasion.
All successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a high level of academic ability, excellent communication skills, an aptitude for a potential career at the Bar, experience in advocacy through mooting or debating, an interest in the law and our areas of specialism.

We do not assess mini pupils for future recruitment.  Records of applications will be kept for no more than six months and will be securely destroyed thereafter.


If you would like more information about our pupilage program or have questions you'd like answered please contact us. We are happy to help.


Applications from established practitioners to join our prominent, highly respected and friendly set are always welcome.

As the leading set in Hull the benefits of joining us are:

• Well established links with those who instruct practitioners across all areas of work undertaken
• Advantageous location to the Court centres in Hull itself and good network links to out of town centres
• Being part of a strong, professional team
• A pro-active marketing team
• Obtaining CPD points through free seminars/talks run by Chambers or the Hull Incorporated Law Society

All such applications will be considered on merit alone and treated in the strictest confidence.

If you would like an informal chat before applying, please contact Gavin Button, Head of Chambers, who will be more than happy to discuss the matter with you.

Formal applications, comprising a covering letter and CV,  should be made in writing to the Senior Clerk, Wayne Stevens and marked ‘Private and Confidential'.