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


Wilberforce Chambers offers mini-pupillages throughout the year. These are normally for a one week period but consideration will be given to other durations depending on circumstances.

A mini-pupillage offers the chance for prospective barristers to observe the kind of work carried out by members of Chambers. It is an opportunity to assess and take advice on whether a career at the Independent Bar is for you.

During this time you will shadow a member of Chambers both at Court and, where possible, in conferences. Mini-pupils will also be given the opportunity to meet and talk to a number of barristers in Chambers at all levels.

Mini-pupils will be expected to sign a confidentiality agreement.

How to apply

To apply for a mini-pupillage, please send your CV, along with a covering letter setting out your dates of availability to Miss Sarah Fearon either by email to or by post.

Applications will be considered all year round.

Priority will be given to applicants who are currently at university or undertaking the BVC/ BPTC, and in particular, to those who are in the process of applying for pupillage.

In addition, we request that you submit a passport photograph to aid our recall should you go on to apply for pupillage with us.


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 only 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 Sally Collins or Richard Thompson, Joint Heads 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 Practice Manager, Phillip Paxton and marked ‘Private and Confidential'.