Goldsmith Chambers - 12 months - October 2019

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Goldsmith Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Anthony Metzer QC
Address of chambers:
Goldsmith Building
Temple
London
EC4Y 7BL
Chambers website address:
Practice areas:
Crime; Family; Civil; Common law; Immigration
Specialist services:
Mediation; Public access work
Circuits:
London; South eastern
Tenants:
93
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Eight
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 2019
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
NPG141/18/1577
Description
Goldsmith Chambers is a leading common-law set of 90 members, with crime, immigration, civil and family practice groups. We are a modern, professional, and friendly set.

Applications are invited for two 12-month criminal pupillages commencing October 2019.

If applicants wish to apply for both 2019 and 2020 criminal pupillages, they should apply via Pupillage Gateway for a 2020 criminal pupillage and they will automatically be considered for both 2019 and 2020 criminal pupillages.

If applicants wish to apply for the 2019 criminal pupillage only, this is outside Pupillage Gateway. Application timetables match the Gateway timetable and the same information and answer to Gateway Pupillage questions should be provided in paper form as would be provided if the applicant was applying for a 2019 criminal pupillage via Gateway. Application forms are to be provided on paper only and sent to Goldsmith Chambers FAO: Catherine Milsom, Head of Pupillage and New Tenancy Committee.

After an initial shortlisting process by members of the Pupillage and Tenancy Committee, those shortlisted will be invited for interview. The entire selection process is carried out in accordance with a transparent set of selection criteria, full details of which can be found on the Chambers website www.goldsmithchambers.com.

In the second six months pupils can expect to be in court frequently, conducting mainly criminal cases. Every effort is made to prepare pupils fully for life at the Bar, including a programme of advocacy training by members of chambers. Pupil supervisors provide regular feedback to their pupils regarding their progress.

Goldsmith Chambers are accepting applications from candidates with a degree class 2:1. However, we will accept a 2:2 in extenuating circumstances.

The pupillage award, which is £25K a year, is split into £12.5K first six and £12.5K guaranteed earnings second six. Pupils may draw down up to 20% of their pupillage award in the year prior to commencing pupillage.

Decisions about tenancy are made at the conclusion of 12 months pupillage. The outcome of any such applications will be to offer a tenancy, not to offer a tenancy, or possibly, if it is considered there is potential, to offer a third six.

Goldsmith Chambers is committed to equality of opportunity. It is our policy to treat everybody equally and fairly, and we assess all applications on merit alone, without reference to the candidates’ race, sex, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, disability, age, religion or belief. Race encompasses colour, ethnic or national origin and nationality. All applications will be treated in strictest confidence and in full compliance with the Equality and Diversity Rules of the Bar Standards Board’s Code of Conduct.
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. Identify one area of law that has been in the news recently which is of particular relevance to your future career at the Bar. (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.