Pupillage Matched Funding Scheme

The Council of the Inns of Court is pleased to announce that this scheme is now open.

Online applications must be completed and submitted before 5pm on Thursday 19 October 2017. Please note this is earlier than previous years, in order to accommodate the new Pupillage Gateway timetable.

Should you have any questions, please visit the COIC website or contact Hayley Dawes, COIC Secretary

About the scheme

The scheme encourages the provision of additional pupillages in those chambers (and other approved training organisations) whose work is predominantly publicly funded.

The Inns will match the first six funding already provided by chambers. Chambers that would otherwise recruit one pupil, can then apply for a matched funding grant of £6000 to fund the first six months of a second pupillage.

Applications for a grant of £3000 will also be considered from those chambers which have not recently provided a pupillage and would like to do so; chambers would provide £3000 towards the first six months of pupillage. Subject to the permitted set-off of the pupil’s earnings, the second six months of the additional pupillage(s) would be funded by chambers.

Chambers are now able to elect to receive an increased level of funding of £7,000 for matched funded pupil grants from 2018, provided that all pupils in chambers receive an income of at least £14,000 for the year (a figure closer to the London Living Wage).