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

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By Thomas Connelly on

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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