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Third Six Months

Life in Chambers as a third-six pupil
Assessment criteria
How to apply


Francis Taylor Building is a thriving and successful set of Chambers with a growing membership and an active recruitment policy at all levels.

We welcome applications for unfunded third-six pupillages from exceptional candidates who have already undertaken their first and second six months of pupillage elsewhere. Such candidates will only be considered for tenancy at Francis Taylor Building after successful completion of a further period of pupillage in these Chambers, which will usually be up to six months in duration, known as a third-six pupillage.

Life in Chambers as a third-six pupil

As with our twelve-month pupils, third-six pupils can expect to work alongside their pupil supervisor and experience all aspects of their professional lives. They can expect to read their pupil supervisor's instructions and papers, research relevant law, attempt their own draft pleadings and opinions for discussion, and accompany their pupil supervisor to hearings and conferences.

Additionally, third-six pupils are also expected to undertake written work for, and attend hearings with, other members of Chambers. Third-six pupils are also expected to accept instructions to undertake work of their own. 

Assessment criteria

We are looking to recruit exceptional candidates. Prospective candidates should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • quality of performance through first 12 months of pupillage;

  • intellectual and legal ability;

  • performance and potential as an advocate; and

  • potential to support the continuing success of Chambers’ corporate strategy and continue to strengthen practice areas.

Applications are considered on paper at the first stage, with an interview following if successful at that first stage.

How to apply

Prospective candidates are invited to contact Hereward Phillpot QC in the first instance to discuss their application in confidence prior to a formal application being made.

Applications for a third-six pupillage can be made at any time using our standard application form.

Completed application forms should be emailed to or returned by post to Hereward Phillpot QC

The application form requests details of two referees (at least one of whom should have been the applicant’s pupil supervisor), and we require that confidential references from these referees should be sent directly to Hereward Phillpot QC.

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