Our free online panel event was aimed at helping aspiring barristers navigate the pupillage application process by providing them with friendly and useful advice.

18 January 2024, 17:00 - 18:30
Event Type
Pupillage, Pupillage Gateway

About the event

The process of applying for pupillage is not an easy one. In this free online event, our panel of experts were available to handle your queries – from presenting your grades as international student, to explaining why you want pupillage with a specific AETO.

The aim of the event was to equip you to make the most of your pupillage application. And with the deadline looming, it was the ideal time to maximise your chances of success by attending our second ‘Making the most of your pupillage application: Q&A’ event.

Chair and speakers

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Chair: Carolyn Entwistle, Director of Services at the Bar Council

Carolyn joined the Bar Council in March 2019 and has overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of existing, and effective delivery of new, income-generating products and services to the Bar, including the Pupillage Gateway.

Carolyn began her career working in 2010, as an administrator at Garden Court Chambers, before joining Landmark Chambers as a member of their Senior Management Team in 2014. She was responsible for the pupillage recruitment processes in both sets and sat on Landmark’s final round interview panel on several occasions.  

Whilst working, Carolyn studied part-time for a Graduate Diploma in Law and on the Bar Professional Training Course, which she completed in 2015.


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Michael Edwards, barrister at 4PB

Michael is a specialist in international family law: child abduction, leave to remove and jurisdictional disputes. He regularly appears in the High Court and has appeared in many of the leading international children cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.


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Joshua Fung, barrister at 7 King’s Bench Walk

Joshua is a commercial barrister practising from 7 King's Bench Walk, and who grew up between the islands of Borneo and Singapore. Before coming to the Bar, Joshua studied law at Trinity College, Cambridge and the New York University School of Law, and was on fellowship at Peking University where his studies centred on art history and classical literature.


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Joanna Hardy-Susskind, barrister at Red Lion Chambers

Joanna Hardy-Susskind is a criminal defence barrister, specialising in cases of homicide and serious sexual offending. She was the secretary to the pupillage committee in her chambers for several years. Joanna also volunteers with the Kalisher Trust in relation to pupillage applications and interviews. Joanna runs a popular X (formerly Twitter) account that often seeks to demystify the profession, and encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds. 


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Jamie Jenkins, barrister at St John’s Buildings

Jamie is a specialist employment, equality, and education law barrister at St John’s Buildings. He’s been on chambers’ pupillage committee for about six years, and can often be found giving advice on pupillage applications on X (formerly Twitter) and elsewhere.

 Watch the recording

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Making the most of your Pupillage Gateway application Q&A

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