Pupillage at Fountain Court
Here is an insight in to pupillage at Fountain Court which aims to dispel any myths about life at the commercial bar. We hope you enjoy seeing what life is really like at Fountain Court; hopefully you will get a sense of our culture, and the importance we place on investing for the future.
Fountain Court competes for the top talent to secure a successful future for our chambers and clients. We want the best people to join us, regardless of background, race, gender or sexual orientation. Fountain Court mentors and supports pupils by offering tailored training during pupillage so they gain experience from more senior members. This approach has a formative effect on Fountain Court Chambers: one that is demonstrated in our successes in court.
Chambers has a friendly, progressive and modern outlook. Pupillage at Fountain Court is an opportunity to work with some of the brightest advocates based in London and be a part of precedent-setting cases.
Beyond exposure to the talented people and stimulating work at Fountain Court Chambers, our pupils learn to work together and gain essential communication skills. Pupils are encouraged to co-operate with each other, with a view to this this supportive ethos being carried on through tenancy. Each pupil has a supervisor who offers opportunities to collaborate on case work and our approachable pupillage committee members can provide additional mentoring. This established training system helps pupils become barristers by identifying and nurturing potential for success.
During pupillage, we feel there are enough pressures on pupils and so we design our pupillage training so as not to add to them unnecessarily. For example, Fountain Court Chambers’ pupils are not required to undertake any competitive advocacy exercises against each other nor are they set the same pieces of assessed work. All work undertaken during pupillage is relevant to the practice of a member of chambers. We don’t require our pupils to compete with each other but instead evaluate each person individually based on merit.
Fountain Court Chambers is committed to taking on all successful pupils as tenants after evaluation against our standards of excellence; space and room arrangements are not a barrier. After pupillage, chambers prides itself on a tradition of caring for new members and supporting them in the first years of practice, and to this end we run a mentoring scheme for junior tenants.
Day to day pupillage matters are handled by our Pupillage Assistant, Sarah Alexander, to whom enquiries should be addressed in the first instance.