Name of chambers:
Head of Chambers:
Nicholas Goodwin QC
Address of chambers:
2 Harcourt Buildings
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Family; Property and land; Civil; Mental health & court of protection; Trusts
Public access work; Mediation
South eastern; London; Midlands
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
12 month pupillage
Harcourt Chambers is a leading family law set, with a civil law component, and is home to seven well-known family silks: Nicholas Goodwin QC, Frances Judd QC, John Vater QC, Damian Garrido QC, Karl Rowley QC (door tenant), Aiden Vine QC and Edward Devereux QC. Chambers’ members operate from our premises in the Temple and at Oxford and cover a wide geographical area, principally across London, the South East and the Midlands, but also further afield. This provides opportunities for a varied and progressive practice.
Recognised as a leading family law set in London and the South East by Legal 500 and the Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession, Chambers undertakes the full range of family finance and children work. Chambers’ reputation within the field of children law is very well-established: it encompasses both public and private law arenas and international children’s cases; providing representation to parents, local authorities, extended family members, children, prospective adopters and agencies such as the police. The strong family finance and property team undertakes matrimonial, cohabitee and civil partnership litigation. Further areas of expertise include: trusts, wills and inheritance disputes, divorce, nullity, Court of Protection cases, media law, forced marriage, domestic violence and harassment. Members of Chambers are often instructed in cases which are reported in the law reports and by the media and regularly give lectures and chair seminars. They have written text-books on pensions, contact, relocation, and adoption and contribute to leading publications, such as Butterworths Family Law Service and Jordans Family Law.
Harcourt Chambers was awarded “Family Set of the Year” in the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016 and has been short-listed in Jordans Family Law Awards 2018 (as they were in 2017) for the “Family Law London Chambers of the Year” and “Clerking Team of the Year” awards.
John Vater QC has been short-listed for "Family Law QC of the Year” Award and Naomi Scarano for "Family Law Young Barrister of the Year" Award.
Former Head of Chambers, Frances Judd QC, is the present Chair of the Family Law Bar Association, and Chambers includes part-time deputy High Court judges, criminal, civil and family recorders, and members of the national committee of the FLBA.
Many of Chambers’ members accept Public Access instructions and we have members qualified as mediators and family arbitrators.
Type of Work Undertaken by Pupils
Pupillage comprises family work (children and finance cases) and pupils may also see some general civil work, including: property law, local government law, contract law, and company law. They can expect to attend Court with their pupil supervisors very regularly and will undertake written exercises, drafting and legal research. Chambers funds attendance on compulsory advocacy courses.
Structure of Pupillage
Pupillage is divided between three supervisors in four month periods allowing the opportunity to see different work and practice styles whilst ensuring that a pupil is strongly supported and has continuity with their pupil supervisor during the transition to ‘second six’. Pupils spend time with other members of Chambers to see a wide variety of work, including High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court cases. Towards the end of their first six months pupils will accompany junior tenants so that they can experience the type of work which they will be undertaking in their second six month practicing period. Pupils have excellent prospects for earning during their second six months.
Chambers is committed to expansion and recruits internally from its own pupils where possible, with a very high success rate over the years.
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.
- 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)
- 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)
Applicants must apply through the Pupillage Gateway system.
Mini-pupillages by arrangement: contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Student visits are not available.