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Blackstone boosts pupillage award from £60k to £65k to keep pace with elite sets

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Big-money commercial and public law set throws an extra £5,000 at its baby barristers

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Blackstone Chambers is boosting its pupillage award by £5,000, joining a host of top London sets now coughing up £65,000 in order to attract the best young legal talent.

Nestled in the heart of historic legal London, Blackstone — which is renowned for its high-level commercial and public law work — takes on four pupils each year.

The move takes it onto a par with a profusion of elite chambers, including 11KBW, which recently upped pupillage pay packets by £10,000, to the £65k level that is increasingly becoming the benchmark for hotshot pupils.

There are now only two chambers at the bar of England and Wales that chuck more cash at their baby barristers.

Offering three pupillage slots annually, 2 Temple Gardens comes in second place, paying out £67,500. But it is construction-geared commercial set Atkin Chambers which holds the accolade of bar top payer, with its recently improved award hitting 72,500 pounds.

With the first six months of pupillage pay usually tax fee, pupils at leading commercial sets do rather well for themselves. And given the competition for places, it’s not surprising that applicants are expected to have stellar academics.

According to Legal Cheek’s Chambers Most List, four out the last five pupils to secure tenancy at Blackstone studied at either Oxford or Cambridge.

And new pupils will be in good company higher up the pecking order too, with the set’s members including a host of stars, such as former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf and legendary human rights barrister Dinah Rose QC.

According to the set’s website, the new award of £65,000 will not come into effect until 2017, so aspiring barristers commencing pupillage this year will unfortunately miss out on the pay increase.

Blackstone Chambers’ award drawdown during future pupils’ Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) year remains unchanged at £17k.

Which sets pay the top whack and are full of the most Oxbridge graduates? The Chambers Most List has all the answers.

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Anonymous

Pupils are not “baby barristers”.

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Anonymous

Only at weekends. Have you never heard of ABDLs?

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Anonymous

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Oh to be at the commercial bar.

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Mumsie

Lots of money but no life and no time to spend it.

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Pantman

As far as I can see Blackstone didn’t offer a pupillage in 2015, and hasn’t yet listed a pupillage for the 2016 season, so this seems somewhat of an empty promise.

Happy to be proven wrong if someone has the relevant pointers.

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Pantman

What I wrote was that they didn’t offer a pupillage in 2015. You’ll note that the deadline for both of those listings is 30 April 2014. But still happy to be proven wrong.

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Pantman

And, for clarification, what I meant by “they haven’t yet listed a pupillage for the 2016 season” is that Blackstone have not yet listed on the gateway (or elsewhere) any pupillages with 2016 application deadlines.

The point being that the £65k figure cited hasn’t actually been offered for any pupillage (the two listings shown above are for £60k awards).

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Who are you

Gateway listings only go live on 7th March. Duh

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Now tell me who the f*ck are youoooh are you, oooh-ooh, ooo-ah-oooh

Ok, so we seem to be in agreement that Blackstone did not offer a pupillage in 2015 and has not yet offered a pupillage with a 2016 deadline (with the mythical £65k award). I’m so glad we sorted that one out.

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Anonymous

This is still stingy given what new tenants there make.

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Anonymous

Blackstone had four pupils in both 2014/15, and has five pupils in the current year. Blackstone consistently has at least four pupils in each year.
I am not sure from where you have got the idea that Blackstone does not have pupils, but your information is simply incorrect.

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