Fenners has grown substantially in recent years, both through internal recruitment from the ranks of our pupils and by established practitioners joining Fenners, as the leading set in the East of England. In just the last few months we have been joined by four more established practitioners- from East Anglia, London and Southampton- attracted by the quality of work available and the ethos of chambers. 

If you are an established practitioner in any of our areas of practice, whether in East Anglia, London or beyond, with a willingness to work hard in a collegiate  environment, and are attracted  to joining a forward looking set based in the country’s leading university city, come and talk to us.  We can discuss what you can offer to our clients and what we can do for your practice.

Initial Enquiries

Initial enquiries about a possible tenancy can be made to the Senior Clerk, Paul Green, by phone or e-mail. We treat all enquiries in strict confidence.

Application Process

Formal applications for tenancy should be made in writing, enclosing a full CV and covering letter, addressed to Clive Pithers, Head of Tenancy. The envelope should be marked 'Tenancy Application'. All applications are treated with strict confidence throughout the application process.


Fenners is looking for up to two 12 month pupils to commence in September 2020. £15,000 funding and £15,000 minimum ‘work done’ in the second six months

We are committed to providing diverse and well-rounded training to pupils. Pupillage is divided into four 3-month periods spent with different pupil supervisors practising in different areas of law. In addition, pupils are expected to carry out written work for other members of chambers, and go to court with them. We expect our pupils to work hard during their year, but to have time to enjoy themselves outside the law.

We carry out advocacy assessments based on criminal, family and civil exercises during the course of pupillage. Feedback is sought by the pupillage committee from all members of chambers and the clerks in advance of any decision on tenancy at the conclusion of pupillage.  Most of our pupils have subsequently become members of chambers.

Applications should be made using the Fenners Pupillage Application Form.

Applications should be sent to pupillage@fennerschambers.com by the deadline which is 4pm on 25th January 2019.


Fenners Chambers considers applications for 3rd Sixes on a case by case basis taking into account the volume of work available at that level at the time of application.

Applications should be submitted to the Pupillage Committee via e-mail at pupillage@fennerschambers.com and should comprise your CV and cover letter together with a completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire (see below).


Fenners Chambers offers a limited number of mini-pupillages throughout the year. Mini-pupils should normally have completed the first year of their degree course or equivalent level of study.

During a mini-pupillage we aim to provide a varied experience of life in barristers’ chambers, including attending court, reading briefs, carrying out small exercises and discussing life at the Bar with members of chambers.
Mini-pupillages are usually for one week and are unpaid. Whilst we aim to minimise the amount of travel during a mini-pupillage our work is carried out over a wide geographical area and therefore some travel may be necessary in order to benefit from the experience.

Applications for mini-pupillages should be made on the mini-pupillage form and returned by e-mail to pupillage@fennerschambers.com for the attention of Penny Grewcock, together with a completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire.


We are committed to recruiting the best candidates and to promoting equality and diversity.

To help us monitor our recruitment procedures we ask all applicants to complete an Equality and Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire when making any application to Fenners Chambers. The information provided will be treated as confidential.

Fenners Chambers’ Equality and Diversity Policies are available on request from our Equality and Diversity Officer Meryl Hughes (meryl.hughes@fennerschambers.com) or from the Pupillage Committee (pupillage@fennerschambers.com).


If you want more information about any aspect of pupillage, please feel free to contact the Pupillage Committee at pupillage@fennerschambers.com.

Equality and Diversity Monitorning Questionnaire.

Mini pupillage form

Pupillage and Mini-Pupillage Privacy Notice