Name of chambers:
Garden Court North
Head of Chambers:
Mark George QC
Address of chambers:
Garden Court North Chambers
3rd Floor, Blackfriars House, Parsonage
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Housing, Immigration, Criminal Defence and Appeals, Judicial Review
Housing and social welfare; Immigration; Asylum and nationality; Criminal defence and appeals; Judicial review; Civil liberties; Welfare benefits and social security; Court of protection; Community care and health; Equality and discrimination; Civil actions actions against the police and public authorities; Prison law and criminal justice; Family
Pro bono; Public access work
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£12,000 - £19,999
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
12 month pupillage
Garden Court North, Manchester: 32 tenants. Mixed civil and criminal law set.
Pupillage vacancies: 2
We invite applications for two 12 month pupillages to commence in October 2020. The level of award is £17000 p.a. paid monthly during pupillage in addition to which pupils will, of course, have the opportunity to earn their own fee income during their second six months, subject to the deduction of chambers expenses.
Before applying applicants should visit our website at www.gcnchambers.co.uk for a more detailed understanding of the range and nature of work undertaken by Chambers. The pupillages offered will focus on civil law, although pupils will be required to undertake some criminal work.
We will discuss your preferred areas of work before commencement of pupillage but pupils are likely to find themselves concentrating on housing, immigration, public law and judicial review.
All applications are read and sifted by members of Chambers using a scoring system and we are looking for:
- evidence of academic achievement or aptitude;
- evidence of aptitude for a life at the Bar, either through legal or other experience;
- evidence of commitment to Chambers’ ethos.
Applicants selected in the initial sift will be invited for interview. Interviews consist of two rounds – an initial short interview and, for those successful, a second longer interview which will include an oral advocacy exercise. We will try to let those who are selected for interview know as soon as possible. We will, of course, adhere to the Pupillage Gateway timetable.
Applications will be considered from prospective pupils who have not yet completed the BPTC. Reasonable travel expenses will be paid for attending interview.
The following questions will form the Pupillage Application Questionnaire section
of the application form for this pupillage vacancy. These are included here to allow
you to prepare in advance.
- Why do you want to become a barrister as opposed to any other job (a) within the legal profession and (b) outside the legal profession entirely? (300 words)
- What do you believe makes a good barrister and why will you be one? In your answer, please identify any relevant experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career. (300 words)
- Why do you want to join Garden Court North? In your answer, please explain why you are interested in us and in the work we do. Explain your motivation with reference to an example for your own life or experience. (500 words)
- What makes you the ideal candidate for a pupillage at Garden Court North? You should illustrate your answer with at least one example drawn from your own personal or work experiences. (500 words)
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.