Leeds barristers Exchange Chambers is set to launch a pupillage academy with one of its largest ever annual intakes of pupils.
The chambers will take on six pupils in September 2020 covering crime, commercial and common law. In recent years, Exchange Chambers has recruited three pupils every year.
Between now and September 2020, Exchange Chambers will operate a bespoke mentoring scheme for its new pupils.
Six barristers—Carly Sandbach, John Waiting, Sarah Griffin, Alex Williams, Harriet Hartshorn and Alexandra Sutton—will all act as mentors to the newcomers.
Bill Braithwaite QC, head of Exchange Chambers, said the set was committed to breaking new ground and increasing access to the Bar for aspiring barristers.
He commented: “The launch of a pupillage academy—in effect, a national centre of excellence for aspiring barristers—marks our commitment to the future of chambers and our confidence in the future of the Bar. While our pupillage academy represents a significant upfront investment, it is an investment in the future of chambers.”
“The object is to encourage students at school and university, mentor those who are keen, help with the application process, provide a first-class pupillage and mentor new tenants for the first three years of tenancy.”
Tom Handley, chief executive at Exchange Chambers, said: “We are a multi-disciplinary set with an abundance of high-quality work at all levels, wide geographical coverage and outstanding barristers. Everything is in place to bring on the next generation of talent.
“Exchange Chambers’ strength in depth means that pupils will work with barristers who are leaders in their field. During their second six they will be in court virtually every day with the opportunity to generate significant income, build their practice and develop their advocacy skills. There couldn’t be a better environment in which to hone their skills and develop an outstanding career at the Bar.”