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Oriel Chambers (Liverpool and Preston) - 12 months - October 2019

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Oriel Chambers (Liverpool)
Head of Chambers:
Richard Bradley
Address of chambers:
14 Water Street
L2 8TD
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
General Mixed Practice Chambers
Practice areas:
Civil; Criminal; Family; Commercial; Crime; Employment; Regulatory
Specialist services:
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£12,000 - £19,999
Closing date:
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2019
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
The selection and training of pupils is vital to the continued success of Oriel Chambers. Chambers only offers pupillage with a view to offering tenancy to successful pupils at the conclusion of their training. Every effort is made to support our pupils during pupillage. Pupils are encouraged to obtain broad-based practical experience during pupillage and will have the opportunity to experience work in all areas in which Members of Chambers practise. Chambers believes this approach provides the best practical education possible and establishes a firm foundation upon which a pupil barrister can be expected to build a successful practice and future career.

Pupillage Selection Criteria include:
- Ability
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Motivation

Within those criteria, Chambers are looking for:-
- Evidence of strong academic ability and a minimum 2:1 initial Degree, save in exceptional circumstances. A successful candidate will have achieved good A’ Level results (or equivalent).
- Evidence of advocacy skills, for example from mooting, debating or other public speaking, and including evidence of sound judgment. In addition, any stage of the interview process may include a short practical advocacy exercise.
- Evidence of good interpersonal skills and the personality to make a positive contribution to both the profession and to Chambers, for example evidenced by previous employment and/or life experiences both within and beyond the sphere of “The Law”.
- Highly motivated applicants committed to pursuing a career at the Bar and to practicing in Liverpool and Preston, for example evidenced by the undertaking of mini-pupillages and/or other similar work experience and by the reasoning behind applying to Oriel Chambers.

Structure of Pupillage
Pupils are allocated to one Pupil Supervisor for a 12-month period of pupillage, although they will attend Court with a number of members of Chambers in the course of their first six months of pupillage. Pupils will also attend case conferences and deal with paperwork, including legal pleadings, advices and opinions. During the second six months of pupillage, pupils can expect to be in court conducting their own cases regularly.

A successful candidate’s particular interests will be taken into account when allocating a Pupil Supervisor.

Our policy is that the funding for Pupillage will be no less than the minimum award recommended by the Bar Council. The pupillage award will take the form of a grant for the first six months of pupillage and guaranteed earnings during the second six months.
Chambers also covers the fees for all compulsory courses undertaken as part of pupillage. (The aforesaid shall not apply to pupillages offered pursuant to paragraph 5(b) to (f) of the Pupillage Funding and Advertising Requirements 2003.)

How to apply
The Application Form can be downloaded from Chambers’ Website and must be received in Chambers between 11.00 a.m. on 7th January 2019 and 11.00 a.m. on 7th February 2019. Applications received outside of this period will not be considered.

Completed application forms must be printed out and a hard copy sent to:

Pupillage Applications
FAO Tina Moss
Oriel Chambers
14 Water Street
L2 8TD

Applications received by other methods, including fax and e-mail, will not be considered.