Third Six Vacancies

Pupils who do not gain tenancy in the chambers at which they complete their pupillage may be able to apply for a fixed-term period of practise (commonly referred to as a ‘third six’) at another set.

Outer Temple Chambers occasionally recruits to fill fixed term placements when it determines there is a need to support and develop practice areas of specific teams and internal work-groups.

All vacancies are advertised both through the Bar Council’s website and below.

Prospective applicants should note that, as per Part 4 of the Bar Qualification Manual, “third six pupillages” do not form part of the regulated period of pupillage.

Commercial Chancery third six applications

Outer Temple Chambers is inviting applications for a funded Commercial Chancery third six pupillage with a view to tenancy.

We have members ranked by the directories as leaders in Banking & Finance, Financial Services, Commercial Chancery, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Insolvency, Pensions and Professional Negligence.  In addition, we are rapidly being recognised as a leading set in the area of Digital Assets and FinTech.

We practise internationally, particularly in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and New York. Chambers is very successfully building on its reputation in these locations to encourage work from other legal centres in East Asia and the Far East.

The third six pupillage is expected to start in Autumn 2021, although some flexibility may be possible.

Applicants must have already completed a full pupillage at an A.E.T.O. (Approved Education and Training Organisation) in England & Wales.

The successful applicant can expect:

  • to have one or more supervisors and a mentor;
  • to produce written work such as statements of case and opinions in their supervisors’ matters;
  • to produce written work for a range of members of Chambers (with work-load monitored by supervisors);
  • to produce work for a range of members of Chambers (with work-load monitored by supervisors);
  • to attend conferences with their supervisor;
  • to attend court with their supervisor and other members of chambers;
  • to participate in advocacy exercises;
  • to receive ongoing feedback from supervisors and members;
  • to be instructed in their own matters;
  • access to Chambers’ social events, and invitations to lectures and seminars.

An application for tenancy may be made by the successful applicants towards the end of the six month period, subject to satisfactory performance in that six month period in Chambers.  A copy of our policy governing Third Six pupillages is available upon request from our HR & Regulatory Manager, Rhonda Murkin.


Any application will be considered on its merits – we as a Chambers are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We select candidates solely on merit irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.  We will consider any reasonable adjustments needed to ensure that you can participate in our selection process.

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Key criteria for the selection process will include:

  1. intellectual ability;
  2. potential as an advocate;
  3. motivation and commitment;
  4. interest in and aptitude for Commercial Chancery law;
  5. motivation and commitment.

The successful candidate will be able to work on their own initiative.  They will have strong academic credentials and analytical skills, sound drafting ability and advocacy skills, and effective team-working skills.

Please see the Person Specification.

Application procedure

Applications should include:

  • a CV which includes details of what you have observed and done during your pupillage;
  • at least two samples of recent written legal work (skeletons/pleadings/advices etc), suitably redacted/anonymised as necessary. A maximum of four samples can be submitted;
  • four references, of which two references should be from past pupil supervisors. Other references could be from instructing solicitors, former employers and/or tutors.  Please ask your referees to email their references direct to Rhonda Murkin.

If you wish to have a confidential conversation about this vacancy, including the application process and anticipated earnings, please get in touch with our Chief Executive, Rebecca Priestley or our Head of Pupillage, Saul Margo.


Please contact should you have any queries.

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