Trainee barristers

Pupillage is a gruelling and demanding process. Not only is it mentally and physically draining, but there is no guarantee of a tenancy at the end of the process. The Kalisher Trust aims to support those undertaking the challenge of pupillage in two key ways.

Kalisher Advocacy Programme

Firstly, the Trust runs a coveted advocacy programme, open to those who meet the Trust’s criteria. The programme is a series of courses run by Siobhan Grey QC, of Doughty Street Chambers, and culminating in a mock hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice. Those who undertake the programme are in a good position to excel in pupillage and be on their feet in their second-six.

Kalisher Essay Competition

We also run an annual essay competition for pupils at criminal chambers. The first prize is £3000, with a second and third prize of £1000 and £500 respectively. A title is chosen on a topical subject that impacts directly on the work of the criminal practitioner. Chambers are invited to support their entrants at £100 per pupil. Each essay must be no more than 2500 words long.

The entries are judged by the Kalisher Trustees, and the prizes are presented at the annual Kalisher lecture. Past speakers at the Kalisher lecture have included the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright MP, former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC, the Rt. Hon the Lord Bingham of Cornhill, the Rt. Hon the Lord Philips of Worth Matravers, the Rt. Hon the Lord Steyn, the Rt. Hon the Lord Judge of Draycote, Baroness Deech and Martin Shaw.