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Cornerstone Barristers ups pupillage award by 25% to £50,000

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Chambers responsible for saving Fabric nightclub chucks extra cash at its pupils

Prominent public law specialist Cornerstone Barristers has increased its pupillage award to £50,000.

Up from an already respectable £40,000, the award boost equates to an increase of 25%. The set has branches in Birmingham and Cardiff, but only its London HQ takes on trainee barristers. As can be seen on Legal Cheek’s Chambers Most List, Cornerstone trains up two pupils a year.

Cornerstone — which is made up of 15 QCs and 37 juniors — covers a spectrum of public law work, including development, infrastructure and leisure. In late 2016, head of chambers Philip Kolvin QC quickly became the unlikely saviour of ravers across country, after he successfully appealed against the closure of world-famous London nightclub Fabric.

But Cornerstone isn’t alone in upping pupil pay packets.

Earlier this year a host of leading chambers chucked extra cash at their young wannabe barristers. Hardwicke — a leading commercial set based just off Chancery Lane — upped its award by a substantial £10,000, to £55,000. Human rights outfit Doughty Street Chambers, home to Amal Clooney, boosted its pupil remuneration from £35,000 to £40,000. Elsewhere, highly regarded employment set Littleton Chambers bumped its award by 23% to a whopping £67,500.

The accolade of top pupil payer is still held by Atkin Chambers. Offering three pupillages each year, Atkin — which has a construction-geared commercial practice — chucks a whopping £72,500 at its baby barristers.

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15 Comments

Inky

That’s more than a DWF partner in London gets.

Respect.

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Adam Deen

They must the lowest paying magic circle firm then, although Eversheds I think pay a similar level.

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Rumpletock

Haha 😉 DWF Irwin Sheds – sounds good.

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Anonymous

Do you even know which firms are in the magic circle you thick cnut

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Anonymous

Agree. They’re just inside the silver circle.

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Anonymous

DWF is a glorified battery farm.

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Leatherchaps

Battery farm?

Rechargeable battery farm, think eco.

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Anonymous

Rumour is London partners at DWF are on more than 3-4 times that figure.

Even claims handlers in London were found to be on more than £55k (hence their recent redundancy situation).

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Anonymous

Saywhat DWF partners can’t even afford a semi in Didsbury saywhat?

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Anonymous

DWF London and Bristol lawyers are on a lot more than a number of the Manchester lawyers.

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Anonymous

When are the SC increasing wages?

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Bill Ellson

” In late 2016, head of chambers Philip Kolvin QC quickly became the unlikely saviour of ravers across country, after he successfully appealed against the closure of world-famous London nightclub Fabric.”
Unlikely? What do you think the Licensing Bar does?

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Anonymous

Serve well regulated drinks?

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Anonymous

Think it’s just a joke mate

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Anonymous

CMS are rubbish

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