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The deadline for receipt of applications for pupillage commencing in 2020 has now passed. Thank you to all who have submitted applications. 

First round interviewees will be notified in the week commencing Monday 4th February 2019. See below for the full timetable.


• Saturday 27th October 2018 – Bar Council pupillage fair.

• Thursday 20th December 2018 – Applications opened.

• Friday 11th January 2019 – Applications closed.

• January 2019 – Paper sift to take place.

• Week commencing Monday 4th February 2019 – First round interviewees to be notified.

• Week commencing Monday 18 February 2019 – First round interviews will take place.

• Week commencing Monday 25 February 2019 – Second round interviewees notified.

• Week commencing Monday 11 March 2019 (Probably Thursday 14 March 2019) – Second round interviews take place.

• Week commencing Monday 18 March 2019  (no later than Friday 22 March 2019) – Nexus offers of pupillage commencing 2020 made.

• Week commencing Monday 1 April 2019 (No later than Friday 5 April 2019) – deadline for acceptance of offers.

Applicants are asked to ensure that they will be available on these dates as we are usually unable to accommodate individual requests for a change in timetable.

Applicants are specifically asked not to telephone chambers. 

Should an essential query arise, please direct it to recruitment@nexuschambers.com. However, we ask applicants to please refrain from contacting us unless it is absolutely necessary – the administrative burden associated with conducting a pupillage recruitment exercise is already a high one.

We regret that we are unable to provide feedback to applicants who have been unsuccessful at the paper-sift stage.

We are firmly committed to the principles of Equality & Diversity and Fair Recruitment & Selection.


Applications for pupillage commencing in 2021 will open in autumn 2019.

Who we are

Nexus, the Chambers of Michael Mansfield QC, is a dynamic and progressive barristers’ chambers situated at 7 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn. We are committed to justice, human rights, and the rule of law. Our 37 members (including six QCs) practise across a broad range of specialisms including: crime; regulatory; inquiries and inquests; administrative and public law; personal injury; family; and housing.

What we are looking for

We encourage applications from suitably qualified candidates, including those yet to undertake the BPTC. We require a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree classification.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

• integrity;

• educational achievement;

• hard work and enterprise;

• advocacy ability or potential;

• a commitment to chambers’ practice areas; and

• a desire to join a growing and forward-looking set.

What we will be offering

In autumn 2019 we will advertise two twelve-month pupillages: one to commence in April 2021, and one to commence in October 2021. In the last three years, three of our pupils have gone on to become tenants of Nexus, although we have no fixed number of tenancy positions for pupils per year. Our pupillage awards are set in accordance with the BSB’s funding requirements.

How to apply

Our pupillages are advertised on the Pupillage Gateway. We do not accept applications through the Pupillage Gateway; rather, candidates should complete our application form (which can be downloaded from our website once applications open) and return it to us by email along with at least two supporting references.


PLEASE NOTE: we now require applicants to contact their referees directly. In addition to completing our application form we ask that applicants, at the time of submitting your application, forward two references directly to us by email at recruitment@nexuschambers.com. At least one of your references must be an academic reference. Please note that references are vital and it is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure that they are sent directly to us when you apply. We will not ourselves seek or chase up references if they are missing and it could seriously delay or forestall your application if the references are not supplied to us. You may supply more than two references if you wish. If you are a GDL candidate we ask that you forward an academic reference from your previous undergraduate/post-graduate studies.