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We believe that pupils should be involved in every aspect of their pupil supervisor’s work. We give our pupils a rounded overview of a barrister’s role, and equip them for the legal and practical challenges they will face in practice.

As a pupil at Blackstone Chambers, you will have four pupil supervisors through the year. Pupil supervisors are chosen to ensure that each pupil gets a solid grounding in the three core areas of Chambers’ work – commercial, employment, and public law. Beyond that core, you will experience your supervisors’ particular areas of expertise.  In recent years, for example, supervisors have been experts in areas including competition law, immigration law, and financial regulation.

"Blackstone excels in commercial and public law, and you may have heard of quite a few of its members: Lord Lester, Lord Woolf, Lord Pannick, Dinah Rose, James Eadie... the list goes on."

Pupillage at Blackstone Chambers is very much a hands-on experience.  From your first day with your supervisor you will get stuck into whatever cases your supervisor is instructed on at that moment. The typical work involves doing first drafts of the documents which your pupil supervisor is working on. You will therefore develop a wide experience of drafting pleadings and other court documents, writing skeleton arguments and compiling written advices. You may also be asked to do a first draft of questions to be used in a cross examination, or to prepare opening or closing submissions. 

You will also be involved in every step of the advisory and litigation process. Pupils attend conferences with clients, listen in on phone conversations where appropriate, and are encouraged to discuss the strategic, procedural and ethical elements of cases with their supervisors.

"Such a glittering assortment of rankings does not come Blackstone's way without it being home to an equally bright array of legal superstars"

The emphasis which we place on the close working relationship between pupil and supervisor means that pupils do not do any additional work for other members of Chambers. You will be able to focus entirely on the cases which you are involved in on a day-to-day basis.

Because Blackstone pupils are exposed to such a wide range of legal areas, the whole year is non-practising, which means that pupils do not do any of their own work during pupillage. On the other hand, we strongly encourage our pupils to take on pro bono cases with FRU or other charities, and we will provide support and ensure that you have the time you need to dedicate to pro bono work.

The Chambers Student Guide 2020 says "One constant at Blackstone is its stellar reputation across a range of practice areas. This set is highly regarded for its commercial, public, employment, competition and sports law expertise; it boasts top-tier rankings in Chambers UK for these areas plus civil liberties and human rights, financial services, civil fraud, media & entertainment, and telecommunications. In total, Blackstone garners rankings in 18 different areas – more than any other chambers. Many of our sources were attracted to the “great mix of work” and found upon joining that “we do all do some of everything in that range!”