About 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings


2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings is a well-established set which was founded in 1988. Our Head of Chambers is Mr Mark Love and our Chief Clerk Mr Steve Lavell who together have been leading Chambers since 1999.


2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings has long been a common law set with a focus on Crime, Family, and Civil.  We are always keen to hear from those who would are considering a career at the bar and offer Mini Pupillages on a rolling basis.  There are no deadlines and applications are considered as and when they come in. We provide Mini Pupillages to those who are in their second year of University and beyond as a general rule.


Application Process


Our applications for mini pupillages are currently closed. If you are interested in a mini pupillage with 2 Dr Johnson's Buildings, we regularly run Q&A sessions by zoom for prospective barristers. The date of the next event is Monday 18 January 2021 at 5pm. You can register your interest by emailing


Before your first day of Mini Pupillage


We appreciate that your first day can be a little nerve wracking, especially if this is your first Mini Pupillage.  To assist with allaying any concerns we would ask that you call into Chambers on the Friday before you start at 17:30 or thereabouts to allow the clerks to allocate you a case to follow.  They will also give you the details of the barrister you will be shadowing so that you can contact them to confirm meeting time and place.


In the event that you need to cancel or postpone your Mini Pupillage please do so by email with as much notice as possible.


What can you expect from a Mini Pupillage with 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings


Our Mini Pupillages generally last for 5 days and culminate in a practical exercise.  We will base you in London and you will generally see Crime and Family dependant on the diary that week. 


Crime as a principle area of practise will form a substantial part of the Mini Pupillage and we normally aim to allow you to see a whole Crown Court trial from start to finish where possible.


Tenants within Chambers are approachable and keen to ensure that you get the most out of your time with us so please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have.  Feel free to ask about routes to qualification followed by the barristers, questions about the law, or indeed questions about what it is like being a barrister. 


Towards the end of the week we will provide you with a practical exercise.  This is not formally marked but allows you to practice drafting a brief document in relation to a fictional case and receive feedback from a barrister.  The barristers you shadow will be happy to talk you through it and give examples so that you are better placed to deal with such an exercise in the future should you have one in a pupillage interview. 


Mini Pupillage FAQ


  1. What is the dress code? Business attire - a suit or equivalent;

  2. Are your mini-pupillages funded? No, they are unfunded;

  3. How long do the mini-pupillages last for? Usually they are 5 days long but can be shorter if you cannot commit for a full working week;

  4. Where will I go? You will be sent to courts within London unless you specify a preference for work outside of London (and we have appropriate cases outside of London for you to shadow);

  5. Is it assessed? No, they are not assessed;

  6. When should I apply? ​You do not need to have finished your degree yet but generally second year students and above will be given priority;

  7. Do I need to be studying Law? No, but you need to evidence an interest in coming to the Bar;

  8. How do I apply? Applications should be emailed to chambers at