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COIC’s Pupillage Matched Funding Scheme

Between 5 September and 21 October 2022, the Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) will be accepting applications for matched funding for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 pupillages.

COIC’s Pupillage Matched Funded Scheme (PMF) helps provide additional pupillages in Chambers, and other approved training organisations, predominantly engaged in legally aided work. In 2022 COIC supported 34 pupillages, and a growing number of Chambers are applying for matched funded grants.

How the scheme works

It is a prerequisite of the scheme that chambers understand that matched funded pupillages are in addition to those they would have offered in any event. COIC match pupillage funding already provided by chambers with a total grant of £9,650 for 2023-2024 London pupillages and £8,250 for 2023-2024 out of London pupillages and, £10,000 for 2024-25 London pupillages and £8,550 for 2024-25 out of London pupillages, to fund the first six months of a second pupillage. Chambers are responsible for ensuring that the total pupillage award meets the BSB’s minimum award for the year in question.

How to apply

Applications to match fund 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 pupillages are invited between 5 September and 21 October 2022. Decisions will be communicated during the week commencing 7 November 2022.

Online applications can be made at

If you require further information, please email Hayley Dawes at COIC on [email protected]

“Matched funding has meant that we have been able to grow our team from the junior end organically over a number of years. This has had the effect of spurring everyone else in Chambers onto bigger and better cases, as those more junior are nipping at their heels. This has continued to repeat itself year on year: our original matched funding pupils are now established and valued tenants as they’ve moved up the ladder, and are now assisting the new pupils as they prepare to take on their first cases.”

Chris Aspinall, Pupillage AETO, Bank House Chambers

“Without the generous support of the Pupillage Matched Funding Scheme, we would often have to offer only 1 pupillage each year; the ability to offer 2 enhances the companionship and collegiality available to our pupils…the Pupillage Matched Funding Scheme plays an integral part in our progressive approach towards training the next generation of barristers.”

Amy Edinborough, Pupillage Coordinator, Devon Chambers