4 Brick Court - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
4 Brick Court
Head of Chambers:
Ian Griffin
Address of chambers:
4 Brick Court
Temple
London
EC4 9AD
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Family Law
Practice areas:
Family; Child abduction; Care and adoption; Finance
Specialist services:
Public access work; Pro bono
Circuits:
London; South eastern
Tenants:
37
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Two
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Two
Awards available:
Yes
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
7 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
NPG319/18/1564
Description
4 Brick Court is a leading specialist Family law set in the Temple in close proximity to the main Family Law Centres in London. We also have a large presence in the outer London courts and further afield.

We, at 4 Brick Court, are committed to considered expansion of our chambers. The most important element of this is to recruit and develop talented barristers from the start of their careers. We have a clear and effective training program during pupillage that promotes support, equality, fairness and wellbeing. You will have 3 pupil supervisors, each for 4 months. Above all, our approach produces experienced, strong advocates that we are very keen to retain.

Our barristers are known primarily for their excellence in legal knowledge and skilled, robust advocacy. We have a strong reputation for being approachable in advising yet fiercely representing our clients in court. We would expect candidates to show the potential to share these skills and qualities. As a pupil, you will have regular contact with the entire membership of chambers.

Barristers at 4 Brick Court regularly appear in leading cases that shape the development of family justice. We have a strong reputation for representing all parties in public child law. We also cover the full range of private child law and financial remedies. Successful applicants will be able to show a commitment, practical or otherwise, to these areas of family law.

4 Brick Court is a modern set with a forward-looking approach. Our clerking and administrative teams are supportive and adaptive to the many changes facing the modern Family Bar.

We are recruiting 2 pupils to start in October 2020. Remuneration for the 2018/19 pupillage is £20,025 per pupil plus 9 months paid travel expenses. Remuneration for 2020/2021 pupillage has yet to be quantified but will be in line with the recommendations by the Living Wage Foundation, plus 9 months paid travel expenses. In addition to the pupillage award, pupils retain their own second six earnings. On average our pupils bill between £20,000 to £30,000 for work undertaken and receive between £10,000 to £18,000 in actual fees during their second six months. None of the monies earned is recouped by Chambers.

All applications are to be made through the Pupillage Gateway system.
Application Questions

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.

  1. BC1: Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? In your answer, please identify any relevant experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career (200 words)
  2. BC2: Why do you want to join our chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice (200 words)
  3. Why are you interested in family law? (300 words)
  4. What qualities and skills do you think are necessary in a family law practitioner? (300 words)
  5. Please describe what relevant skills and/or experience you poses which make you suitable for a career at the Family Bar? (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.