At Fountain Court, we offer loans to new tenants to ensure that they receive an income at least equal to the amount of their pupillage award during their first year of tenancy. However, in recent years, it has never been necessary to do so, and pupils have comfortably earned more than their pupillage award in their first year.
New tenants are not required to share the expenses of chambers administration. Contributions are proportionate to income, so the senior members of chambers pay the greater part of the costs. During their first year of practice, tenants may be asked to undertake a modest amount of pro bono legal work instead, for voluntary or charitable organisations.