Deka offer a financial package worth £65,000, with the funds delivered in two tranches.

The first half of the funding, £32,500, is directly paid as an award. In line with Bar Council guidance, each pupil receives an equal amount of £5,416.66 every month for the first six months of the pupillage.

The second half of the funding, £32,500, takes the form of guaranteed earnings. Pupils undertake work in their own names in the second six months of pupillage. At the end of that period (which is also the end of the 12-month pupillage), each pupil is paid the difference between £32,500 and what they have received. The measure is receipts and not billings (because not everything billed may have been received by that point).

We offer the facility to ‘draw down’ part of the pupillage award before the commencement of pupillage. It is a matter over which we exercise discretion, taking into account the demonstration of need and it being for a reasonable purpose. Any money drawn down is taken from the half of the award paid in the first six months. We do not permit a draw down which would result in the remaining funds being diminished below the London living wage equivalent.

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Deka Chambers: 5 Norwich Street, London EC4A 1DR

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