Carmelite Chambers is one of the few exclusively criminal defence sets in the country and unquestionably a leader in its field, highly respected and enjoying a national and international reputation for excellence. We currently have 59 members of chambers, 12 of whom are Queen’s Counsel, and a first class clerking and administrative team.

Members of Chambers have been instructed in many of the high-profile cases in recent years, including R v Jogee, LIBOR manipulation, Operation Elveden and the 7/7 and 21/7 bombings. Our tenants have considerable expertise in all areas of crime including murder, terrorism, corporate manslaughter, police corruption, drug trafficking, sexual offences and are especially sought-after in cases involving commercial fraud and international money laundering.

Our pupils gain first-hand experience of the highest quality of work, priceless insight and guidance from the very best practitioners in their field and invaluable exposure to the busiest and best solicitors with whom we work closely.

We are committed to promoting and maintaining our exceptional standards in the pupils we recruit and train. Ambassadors for the Carmelite brand, we encourage pupils to play an active part in chambers life and we strive to ensure that pupillage is a broad, comprehensive and enjoyable learning process which will lay the foundations for a successful career at the Bar.

We have a strong history of recruiting junior tenants from our own pupils, in whom we invest considerable time, effort and enthusiasm in order to tap into the outstanding potential we look for in the pupillage application process, so that the future of Carmelite Chambers, and indeed the Criminal Bar, remains in the hands of the most exceptional practitioners. 

What We Look For In a Pupil

We are looking for individuals who are highly-motivated and demonstrate sound judgment and intellect.

We are most impressed by candidates who are keen, tenacious and ready to face the challenges of a career at the Criminal Bar in difficult times when competition for work is fierce. 

We are interested in those with the passion and drive to succeed and build up a practice in an ever-changing branch of the profession.

Above all, we are looking for strong advocates with ability and the potential to grow.

We encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds, especially those not yet well represented at the Bar. We are striving to ensure that the Bar is an accessible profession, open to those with ability regardless of their gender, ethnicity or economic background.

We also encourage pupillage applications from individuals with a disability, and although access to our listed premises is not straightforward, we can put in place measures to accommodate any disability.

We see strength in diversity and equality.

Details for our next application round will be released in due course. 

Our Application Form and Equality Monitoring Form can be downloaded here:

Pupillage Application Form

Equality and Monitoring Form