Apex Chambers is pleased to offer 2 criminal pupillages to commence in September 2021.


Successful applicants will spend time with a number of different members of chambers in order to gain a range of experience in both prosecution and defence work. Pupils will be remunerated in accordance with the minimum pupillage award as specified by the Bar Standards Board, 50% of which will be paid by Chambers during the first 6 months of pupillage. The remaining 50% will consist of guaranteed earnings during the second 6 months.

As a member of the Pupillage Gateway, Apex Chambers uses the system to advertise but applications are not accepted through the Gateway. To view the advertisement, click here.

To apply, please submit a C.V. (no more than 2 pages) and covering letter (no longer than 1 page). In your covering letter, please address why you want to practise criminal law, why you want to practise at Apex Chambers and why you want to live and work in South Wales.


Applications should be sent to by 11:00am on Monday 8th February 2021. Any application received after that time will not be considered. 

The Pupillage Gateway application window opens on Monday 4th January 2021 at 11am and closes on Monday 8th February 2021 at 11am. The full timetable for applications in 2021 can be found on the Pupillage Gateway website.



Apex Chambers offers a limited number of mini-pupillages each year. These will take place in June, July and August only.


Due to the limited number of places available, applications will only be accepted from those applicants currently in the final year of their undergraduate degree (or above).


If you would like to undertake a mini-pupillage at Apex Chambers, please send a CV and short covering letter to


Apex Chambers is giving priority to the health and safety of all involved in the Criminal Justice System and is unable to offer mini pupillages that would conform with social distancing at present.

If you were hoping to start a mini pupillage this year or had been accepted and given a date to start please contact us in September for an update. We hope to be able to welcome you in the near future.