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 pupillages per year (including 12-month pupillages, shorter “intermediate” pupillages for those transferring from solicitors firms or the employed bar and 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 2019 is published on the Gateway: https://www.pupillagegateway.com/applicant-home/timetable/

- From 28 November 2018:     applicants may browse the Gateway pupillage vacancies;

- 7 January 2019:                        the submissions window for applications opens;

- 7 February 2019:                      the submissions window for applications closes;

- March 2019:                               3VB first-round interviews;

- March/April 2019:                     3VB final-round interviews;

- 7 May 2019 at 9am:                 3VB 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. Candidates who have been or will be granted a full exemption from pupillage by the BSB may wish to apply for an intermediate pupillage. The structure of any intermediate pupillage will be the subject of discussion between 3VB and the individual applicant, but may involve a commencement date earlier than the standard October start date and/or a shorter duration of pupillage before a tenancy decision is made.

The pupillage award for 2019-20 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