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No5 Barristers' Chambers - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
No5 Barristers' Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Mark Anderson QC
Address of chambers:
5 Fountain Court
Steelhouse Lane
B4 6DR
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Clinical negligence; Commercial and chancery; Costs; Litigation; Court of protection; Crime; Employment; Family; Immigration; Nationality; International law; Personal injury; Planning; Environment; Public law; Regulatory; Licensing; Sports law; Media and entertainment
Specialist services:
Public access work; Mediation; Pro bono
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£50,000 - £59,999
Closing date:
7 February 2019 at 3:59 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
PUPILLAGE 2020-2021

Description of Chambers

Awarded The Chambers UK Bar Awards Regional Chambers of the year 2015 and continuously ranked as a leading set in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, No5 has established a reputation for breaking new ground and continues to be regarded as a progressive and forward-thinking set. As one of the largest sets in the country, with over 250 members including 36 silks, Chambers maintains success in traditional sectors of law, whilst offering specialist advice and representation at the cutting edge of newly evolving areas both in the UK and internationally.

With offices in Birmingham, London, Bristol and Leicester, Chambers is divided into 8 core practice groups: Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence, Planning & Environment, Employment, Commercial & Chancery, Public Law, Family, Crime, Regulatory & Licensing, Immigration and International Human Rights, each with a number of sub specialisms, a dedicated clerking team, an outstanding library, administration, IT support and marketing resources.

In a change from previous years of general common law pupillages, to commence in October 2020, Chambers offers four 12-month pupillages, one in each of the core practice areas of:

(i) Commercial & Chancery
(ii) Employment
(iii) Family
(iv) Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Although each of these pupillages will primarily be within the core practice area, if pupils wish there will be opportunities to see a second area. Pupillage training is tailored to suit the needs and interests of each individual and each practice group.

Pupils are usually based either in Birmingham or London, subject to Chambers’ business requirements and Chambers endeavours to match the successful candidates’ geographical preferences where possible, although this cannot be guaranteed.

A considerable investment is made in Chambers’ pupils and pupillages are offered with a view to tenancy, providing appropriate benchmark requirements are met. Throughout the 12-month period, pupils are carefully monitored by the Pupillage Committee to ensure that they are progressing appropriately and that all their training needs are being met.

Pupils can expect their workload during the second six months to be varied and challenging.
An award of £25,000 is made during the first six months of a pupillage, Chambers guarantees billings of at least £25,000 during the second six months and funds all compulsory training courses during pupillage. In addition, loans are available if required and bursaries or advances for the BPTC year will also be considered at Chambers’ discretion

Applications should only be made for this round of applications if you wish to primarily practice in either Commercial & Chancery, Crime, Family or Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence. Written applications will be assessed in accordance with the following criteria:-

1. Intellectual ability. The general academic requirement for pupils is AAB at A-Level (excluding General Studies) or equivalent at International Baccalaureate Level, together with 2:1 at degree level. Chambers will consider appropriate alternative qualifications and/or applications from those with mitigating circumstances.
2. Experience of law in practice (taking account of age and background).
3. Commitment/motivation.
4. Personal skills.
5. Public speaking experience (e.g. debating, mooting etc.).
6. Presentation of written application (organised and persuasive thought and good grammar and spelling), together with a demonstrated ability to answer the questions asked.
Applications to commence pupillage in October 2020 will be considered from 7th January 2019 onwards. The closing date for applications is 7th February 2019 at 4 p.m.

Chambers operates outside of the Pupillage Gateway and applications can only be made by completing the application form on our website (

Chambers usually has two rounds of interviews, with a short assessed mini-pupillage for candidates being called to the second round.

1st round interviews will be held on 16 March 2019 with 2nd round interviews taking place on 6th April 2019.

Chambers accepts applications from those who have not yet undertaken the BPTC.
Chambers is an equal opportunities employer and will endeavor to accommodate any requests for special requirements.

Please note all interviews are held in Birmingham, Chambers does not cover candidate’s expenses for travelling to the interviews and does not offer telephone or skype interviews.

How to apply
Application Form on No5 Chambers website