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Pupillage programme

We are offering one funded 12 month pupillage (to begin in September 2021) at our Exeter office. The pupil will be allocated one pupil supervisor for the whole of the period who is responsible for the pupil’s overall education and training. For further details click here for our pupillage policy.

Areas of work

Barristers at Browne Jacobson specialise in regulatory and public law, in the fields of health, education and social work, as well as on behalf of major insurers. We are instructed to prosecute on behalf of national regulators and briefed to conduct high profile inquests for health organisations and government bodies. The firm has also represented in respect to national public inquiries including the Grenfell tower fire, the Manchester arena tragedy, and, in the recent past, Hillsborough.

The pupillage is offered within our insurance and public sector of the business and will involve work with teams across the sector, with a particular focus civil, regulatory and public law. The firm has three regulated Pupil Supervisors, and a further seven employed barristers whose workload appearing in courts and undertaking advisory work is split approximately 50:50.

Our team of employed barristers and in-house advocates regularly appear before senior courts and tribunals across England and Wales and may be required to develop specialisms in any of the areas of law mentioned above. As part of the pupillage travel nationally may be required, as well as to our offices. Please note however that all travel expenses are met by the firm.

All pupillages offered by Browne Jacobson are with a view to permanent employment as a qualified barrister within the firm at the end of the pupillage, subject to individual performance and business need.


All pupillages are funded (salaried) and are offered on a fixed-term contract basis. We will also cover the cost of compulsory pupillage courses.

How and when to apply

Apply online at www.brownejacobsoncareers.com. Applications open on Monday 4 January 2021 at 11.00am and close on Monday 8 February 2021 at 11.00am. Candidates who achieve well at interview may also be offered the opportunity for employment as an assistant advocate at the firm in one or more of our regional offices.