Third-Six Pupillage

We are a leading London-based criminal chambers and have a vacancy for a Third-Six pupil with a view to tenancy.

To make your application, send a covering email with CV (no more than 2 pages) attached, specifying the names of two referees (or attaching references if they are already obtained), to our Chambers Administrator, Russell Burton-Lawrence at

The type of person we seek and the benefits to you:

Drystone Chambers is the Chambers of Allison Summers KC. We are a Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners ranked criminal set based in London with high levels of work in London and on circuit. If you live on the Midland, South Eastern or Western circuits and seek to practice on circuit, we are perfectly placed to help you achieve this.

Applicants will have successfully completed, or be about to complete their pupillage but who have yet to secure tenancy.

We seek applications from barristers who have a genuine passion for criminal work and the necessary energy and commitment to succeed at the criminal bar.

Drystone Chambers is committed to diversity and inclusion and we encourage applications from outstanding practitioners from all backgrounds.

The benefits to you:

  • Guaranteed earnings of £2,000 per month
  • You keep whatever you earn in excess of the guaranteed earnings figure
  • No commission or rent is charged to third six pupils

You will also have the opportunity to undertake local authority prosecution work – we are one of only 5 criminal sets appointed Panel Membership of the LBLA (London Borough’s Legal Alliance – over 25 Local Authorities) for Criminal Litigation/Prosecutions. We received by far, the highest spend out of the criminal panel chambers during 2021. If local authority prosecution work is of interest, we have the framework in place to help you develop this area of work

Looking ahead to tenancy, applicants should note:

  • We do not charge any rent during the first three months of tenancy
  • Members pay a competitive percentage only rent
  • A 5% lower rent rate applies to members under 5 years call
  • We have in place effective billing and fees collection
  • We have experienced and talented staff who will help you to develop your practice

What next? Apply!

Benjamin Disraeli famously said “There are three kinds of lies. Lies, damned lies, and statistics”. However used correctly numbers illuminate the truth; here are some about our criminal justice system.

Cases awaiting trial in Crown Court

Number of criminal barristers (approximately)

Percentage of the Judiciary who are women

Percentage of women in population in England and Wales

"Drystone Chambers is a 'go-to set' with excellent barristers and a good depth of counsel."

The Legal 500 2023

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The Legal 500 2023

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"They are a well-organised clerks' room. They are quick to help and have lots of experience."

Chambers & Partners 2023

''Drystone Chambers is a good reliable set"

Legal 500 2023

"The Clerks are helpful and experienced"

Legal 500 2023

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