Mini-Pupillage at 15 Winckley Square Chambers

We are delighted to offer a limited number of three-day mini-pupillages at 15 Winckley Square Chambers each year to exceptional candidates considering a career at the Bar.

It is our aim that successful candidates will be given as wide of an experience of life at the Bar as possible, which includes attendance at Court and conference with a practising barrister, together with an overview of life at 15 Winckley Square Chambers.

If a candidate has a keen interest in a particular area of law, significant effort will also be made for that area of work to be observed, although we can sadly offer no guarantee of the same, which will be subject to the suitability and availability of such work.

Mini-pupillages are not assessed nor are they a necessary condition of obtaining a pupillage at 15 Winckley Square Chambers.

Although Chambers is based in Preston, mini-pupillages usually take place at the various Court venues across Lancashire and Blackpool.

Mini-Pupillage Summer Event

The annual Mini-Pupillage Summer Event will be taking place this year on 7th September 2024.

The event is an exciting opportunity for successful candidates to meet established practitioners at 15 Winckley Square Chambers and to engage in advocacy exercises and legal workshops alongside other candidates interested in a career at the Bar, with the assistance and feedback from a member of the Bar.

There is some preparatory work prior to the commencement of the Mini-Pupillage Summer Event that candidates are expected to have considered beforehand.

The Mini-Pupillage Summer Event will take place over the course of a full day in Chambers, with candidates provided with refreshments and lunch

How to Apply

15 Winckley Square Chambers invites applications from candidates who are considering a career at the Bar, have a keen interest in criminal and/or family law and have commenced or have completed a university degree or an equivalent qualification.

All applications should set out the following information, which will be the criteria considered as part of the selection process.

  • Any qualifications including GCSE’s, A-level’s (or equivalent), any university degree information, (including a breakdown of subjects and grades) and any professional or post-graduate qualifications;
  • Any legal achievements and/or interests;
  • Any non-legal achievements and/or interests;
  • Why you are applying for a mini-pupillage/to attend the Mini-Pupillage Summer Event at 15 Winckley Square Chambers;
  • Any interests in particular areas of law.

Please send any applications in the form of a covering letter accompanied by your C.V. to Jessica Stone at with the subject title either Mini-Pupillage application or Mini-Pupillage Summer Event.

In the event you are unable to send an application electronically, please send a written application entitled Mini-pupillage application or Mini-Pupillage Summer Event, to 15 Winckley Square Chambers, Preston, PR1 3JJ.

Any successful candidates must sign and return a declaration and confidentiality undertaking. The declaration will be forwarded to the mini-pupil and must be returned to our Barristers Chambers before the date of the commencement of the mini-pupillage.

When should I apply?

The application closing date for mini-pupillages each year will be 1st May. Applications received beyond this date will be considered for mini-pupillages offered the following year. We will aim to notify successful candidates by no later than 1st June each year or the closest working day beyond this.

The application closing date for the Mini-Pupillage Summer Event is 7th June and successful candidates will be notified no later than 28th June 2024.