Mini-Pupillage & Work Experience

We regret that due to COVID-19, we have had to suspend our mini-pupillage programme until further notice. We are not accepting or considering any applications until the current public health emergency has subsided. Instead, we are holding regular talks via Zoom in which a panel of junior tenants provide an insight into the pupillage process and life at the junior bar. If you wish to join our next talk, which will take place in May 2021, then please send an email with the subject title: ‘FAO K Lloyd Mini Pupillage FAQ Zoom Application’ attaching a copy of your CV to


Mini-pupillage is work experience with a barrister. It involves shadowing a barrister and observing their work. The aim of our mini-pupillages is to help people to decide whether a career at the Bar is for them by giving them exposure to the work that we do on a day-to-day basis. To that end, we aim to send you to court every day and try to ensure that you see as diverse a range of court work as possible. It is your opportunity to find out about the profession at first hand to enable you to make an informed decision about whether it is what you want to do for a career.

QEB Hollis Whiteman offer mini-pupillages lasting one week to those who are interested in coming to the Criminal Bar and are considering applying to us for pupillage. Preferably, applicants are already enrolled on a University course or have successfully completed their undergraduate studies.


Work Experience

Work experience placements are open to students in full-time education between 15 and 18 years of age. All work experience placements are one week long. The duties students can expect to undertake during a work experience placement at QEB Hollis Whiteman include:

  • Completing basic legal exercises.
  • Conducting legal research and writing legal reports.
  • Photocopying.
  • Filing.
  • Taking barristers’ papers to court and observing them in action.
  • Delivering documents.
  • Dealing with post.
  • Other ad hoc administrative duties.

Our aim is to offer students from all backgrounds, a week-long placement, which focuses on the work done by our busy clerking and administration team, and will involve shadowing various barristers at court and assisting them. The placement should provide students with experience of working in an organisation in the legal sector.


Equal opportunities

QEB Hollis Whiteman is committed to equal opportunities and does not discriminate on the grounds of race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic and national origin), sex, pregnancy and maternity, disability, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, religion or belief, age, or gender assignment. If a successful candidate has a disability, we will endeavor to make reasonable adjustments.

QEB Hollis Whiteman is committed to assisting the Bar to become as diverse and inclusive as possible. To this end, we encourage applications from university students and post-graduates from less advantaged backgrounds and those from minority ethnic communities.

Arabella MacDonald is the appointed Equality and Diversity officer in Chambers.



At the start of the week each mini-pupil is asked to sign an undertaking to maintain confidentiality in respect of all the sensitive and confidential information he or she may hear or read about during the mini-pupillage. You should be aware that, as a criminal chambers, our work includes dealing with serious and violent crime and it is likely that you will be exposed to material pertaining to such offences.