Banco Chambers currently offers four readership positions each year, two from the May intake and two from the September intake for the Bar Practice Course.

Accommodation is offered for the 12 months that a new barrister is required to spend as a Reader. Most readers are invited to remain with our chambers as licensees after their reading period expires.

Ordinarily, in order for a Reader to be offered accommodation in Chambers, he or she is required to read with a member of Banco Chambers. Names of members of Banco available to act as tutors can be provided by the Clerk of Chambers.

Applications for readership
Applications for positions will be accepted in February (for the May intake) and July (for the September intake) the year before the accommodation will be available. For example, applications will be accepted in February 2015 for the May 2016 intake and July 2015 for the September 2016 intake.

At the end of February and July respectively, candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Interviews will take place in March and August with the intention that offers of accommodation will be made shortly thereafter.

Applications should be made to the Secretary of the Readers’ Committee, Anne Horvath, accompanied by a full curriculum vitae, academic transcript and any other information the applicant wishes to be considered. It is desirable if the names of at least two referees are provided who can be contacted if necessary.

Whilst this procedure is meant to streamline the process, we understand that in exceptional circumstances, an applicant’s decision to come to the Bar may not fit within these timeframes. If that is the case, applicants should contact the Clerk of Chambers.