Twenty Essex - True Picture

Twenty Essex

20 Essex Street,

  • No of silks 22
  • No of juniors 55
  • No of pupils 3
  • Contact [email protected]
  • Method of application Pupillage Gateway
  • Pupillages (pa) Three 12-months pupillages
  • Minimum degree 2:1 (law or non-law)
  • Award £65,000
  • Tenancies offered in the last three years In the last three years, 80% of our pupils have become tenants

Chambers profile

Twenty Essex is one of the leading international commercial law sets. Our members are at the forefront of developments in a wide range of areas of law, including: banking and financial services; civil fraud; energy and natural resources; European law; competition; insolvency and restructuring; insurance and reinsurance; international commercial arbitration; public international law; private international law; public law; shipping law; commodities; sport; and arbitration and mediation. The nature of members’ practices is truly international and since 2009 we have maintained a fully staffed annexe in Singapore.

Pupil profile

We aim to recruit the best candidates, based on merit. We are looking for individuals who demonstrate the aptitude and desire to succeed in our areas of expertise. Successful applicants will have excellent intellectual and analytical skills (typically but not invariably evidenced by a first class degree although not necessarily in law), be articulate and persuasive both orally and on paper, be able to work under pressure and have strong inter-personal and teamwork skills. 


We offer up to three 12-month pupillages a year starting in mid-September. The year is split between four pupil supervisors. During the first three months, the pupil will work almost exclusively for his or her supervisor. Thereafter, and increasingly as the year goes on, the pupil will also work for other members of chambers (of all levels of seniority). Pupils also take part in a programme of in-house advocacy exercises, as well as attending the advocacy training organised by their Inn. Chambers pays the costs of the compulsory courses for pupils. Pupils are also encouraged to work for FRU and undertake at least two FRU cases before starting pupillage.

We have a very high retention rate. We are not constrained by accommodation or levels of work. Any pupil who achieves the tenancy standard will be offered tenancy. In the past three years, over 80% of our pupils have become tenants. 


We consider a mini-pupillage with Chambers to be a valuable experience. It is our policy that any applicant for pupillage must have completed, or have been offered, a mini-pupillage with Chambers to be considered for pupillage. We typically offer up to forty two-day non-assessed mini-pupillages in a year. Applications for mini-pupillage are via our online application form at

Pupillage award

We offer an award of £65,000 per annum. Our pupillage award scheme is split into two parts. In respect of the ‘first’ six months, the award is £43,350. The balance of the award, £21,650, is paid in respect of the ‘second’ six. Pupils are permitted to draw down up to £25,000 of their award before commencing pupillage.

This Firm's Rankings in
UK Bar, 2019

Ranked Departments

    • Commercial Dispute Resolution (Band 3)
    • Energy & Natural Resources (Band 3)
    • Fraud: Civil (Band 2)
    • Insurance (Band 3)
    • International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance (Band 2)
    • Public International Law (Band 1)
    • Shipping & Commodities (Band 1)