12KBW is committed to improving access to the profession and enabling excellent students from under-represented backgrounds to embark on careers at the Bar. We recognise that as a profession which values fairness and justice we should strive to give equal access to all pupillage applicants irrespective of social origin, gender, ethnicity or religious conviction.

In support of that commitment, we are proud to have launched our social mobility mini-pupillage. We welcome applications from those interested in seeing the work of Chambers.

This year we will offer up to three places on the scheme. Each mini-pupillage will be funded by a £250 award and a travel/expenses allowance of up to £250.

The programme is named after Frank Burton QC.

Frank has personal experience of social mobility, being the first of his family to benefit from a university education and a professional career. He also developed an academic interest in the issue; he was a university lecturer in sociology for 9 years before coming to the Bar. As pupillage secretary, for over 10 years, he was keen to ensure Chambers’ recruitment policies did not discriminate on grounds of class, ethnicity or gender so that we were more likely to attract the best candidates from all social backgrounds.

Frank was one of the preeminent personal injury lawyers of modern times. He acted in landmark cases, was respected across the profession and accumulated a host of awards over the course of his career.


The mini-pupillage will last for three days in chambers in autumn 2021 (dates flexible).

Each mini pupil will be assigned a mini-pupillage supervisor who will arrange for you to see a broad spectrum of our work in chambers. You can expect to spend time in court, sitting in on conferences and considering papers. There will be opportunities for you to discuss what life is like in chambers with junior members and to ask any questions that you have about a career at the Bar.

The mini-pupillage will not be formally assessed.


The social mobility mini-pupillage is open to applicants who meet the following criteria:

1. You must have attended a state secondary school or college and be in at least your second year of university;


2. You must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Recipient of free school meals;
  • First-generation in your immediate family to attend university (not including siblings);
  • Have parent(s) or guardians who receive(d) income support, universal credit or similar;
  • Been in care;
  • Be or have been a carer;
  • Have refugee or asylum status.

Applications from women and applicants from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are particularly encouraged.


Applications must be submitted before 16:00 on Friday 30 July 2021.

In order to apply please complete the form below.

online Application Form