Introduction

3 Verulam Buildings is one of London’s strongest commercial litigation sets of chambers. Its members are widely recognised as leading practitioners in a variety of the fields that make up international commercial practice: banking, financial services, commercial and contractual disputes, civil fraud, energy, insolvency, insurance, international arbitration, IT and telecoms, media and professional negligence. 3VB prides itself on its professional expertise and the outstanding opportunities afforded to all tenants to build leading commercial practices. It is a forward-looking set, with excellent practice managers, spacious premises and first-class facilities.

3VB recognises that its continued success is dependent upon recruiting the brightest and the best candidates for pupillage and investing in their development, not just during the pupillage year but also in the early years of tenancy. The characteristics we seek in our recruits are a high level of intellectual and analytical ability, very strong oral and written advocacy skills and the determination to succeed at the competitive commercial bar. We aim to nurture those qualities during pupillage and in the early years of practice. We provide our pupils with  an environment that is not only demanding but also  encouraging and supportive, in order to ensure insofar as we can that our pupils perform to the best of their ability during their pupillage year at 3VB.

3VB offers up to four twelve-month pupillages per year (including deferred pupillages). 3VB is a member of the Pupillage Gateway and, save for established practitioners and other applicants who have obtained dispensation from the BSB from the requirement to undertake pupillage, we invite all applicants to make their application via the Pupillage Gateway website. The timetable for 2018 has now been published on the Gateway http://www.pupillagegateway.com/applicant-home/timetable/:

- From 28 November 2017:  applicants may browse the Gateway pupillage vacancies;

- 8 January 2018:                 the submissions window for applications opens;

- 7 February 2018:               the submissions window for applications closes;

- February to April 2018:      3VB first and second round interviews (timetable to be announced);

- 3 May 2018:                       pupillage offers are made.

Established practitioners and other non-Gateway applicants may apply outside the Gateway at any time, and we encourage such applications from strong candidates. In exceptional circumstances, 3VB may also consider a pupillage commencement date earlier than the standard October start date for such applicants.

The pupillage award for 2018-19 is £65,000, up to £20,000 of which can be drawn down during the year prior to pupillage.

You can find details of our Pupillage Policy here.

Introduction