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1GC|Family Law - 12 months - September 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
1GC|Family Law
Head of Chambers:
Janet Bazley QC & Charles Geekie QC
Address of chambers:
1 Garden Court, Temple, London
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Family; Finance; International law; Local government; Care and adoption; Court of protection
Specialist services:
Public access work; Mediation
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
September 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
1GC | Family Law is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading family law set. All 81 of our members are family law specialists working within practice teams, including international and private child law, care and adoption, child abduction, surrogacy and modern families, and Court of Protection.

1GC | Family Law enjoys a reputation as a home to barristers who are leaders in their fields. We are regularly instructed at all levels in high profile cases that develop the law across all areas of our practice. We were Jordan’s Family Law Chambers of the Year 2016, Legal 500 Family Law Chambers of the Year 2018, and were shortlisted for Family Set of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards.

This year 1GC | Family Law has continued its growth, undertaking a rebrand and moving to larger, bespoke, modern premises. We now benefit from the most modern accommodation of any family law set in London, and have a state-of-the-art base for the future.

Chambers prides itself on providing first-rate training to our pupils, from whom we look to recruit tenants each year. With the help of our excellent clerking team, our pupils are very well supported to develop their work ‘on their feet’ through the 2nd six months, in preparation for an expected application for tenancy. Chambers seeks to recruit from its pupils each year and there is no artificial quota set for the number of new tenancies that will be offered. We recruit based on merit.

Who should apply?

Candidates should be of proven academic ability, with an enthusiasm for family law. It is unlikely that applications will succeed with a degree classification of lower than a 2:1. We pride ourselves on our diversity and look for potential regardless of background.

Candidates should have taken steps to obtain work experience relevant to their application for pupillage at this set and provide evidence of advocacy experience. We are looking for talented individuals who demonstrate a commitment to the Bar and qualities which will enable them to get the best out of the training we offer.

When and how to apply.

Chambers recruits through Pupillage Gateway. For further details please refer to the pupillage section of our website

Pupillage programme

Chambers offers up to two funded 12-month pupillages beginning in September each year. Pupillage is divided into three periods of four months on the basis that each Pupil will have comprehensive exposure to all areas of Chambers’ work. There are regular seminars on wide-ranging areas of practice for pupils and junior tenants, and an opportunity to learn from members at all levels.


Chambers will fund Pupils up to £32,500 per pupil per annum. Pupils can also expect to retain all of their earnings in second six.


These are offered throughout the year subject to availability. For the application procedure, please refer to the mini-pupillage section of our website at

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. Why do you want to practice family law? (200 words)
  3. What skills do you believe you possess (or are able to develop) that you think are particularly relevant to family law? (200 words)
  4. Why do you want to join our chambers? (200 words)
  5. Will an introduction of no fault divorce undermine the stability of family life? (300 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.