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Senate House Chambers - 12 months - October 2019 and April 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Senate House Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Michelle Christie and Lianne Murphy
Address of chambers:
Senate House Chambers
14 Albion Place
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Family Law
Practice areas:
Family; Crime
Specialist services:
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£12,000 - £19,999
Closing date:
29 March 2019 at 4:59 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2019
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Senate House Chambers is a modern provincial set of 25 tenants and 4 Queen’s Counsel door tenants, boasting a vast quantity of high quality work and very well regarded advocates from the Heads of Chambers to the newest junior tenants. We are a specialist family law chambers however pupils and junior tenants also undertake some criminal12 work, which we see as extremely beneficial to develop a well-rounded practice and early advocacy experience. Pupils are well supported with criminal law experience as a significant number of our tenants have a background of extensive criminal law in practice.

We pride ourselves on service, high quality advocacy, and on being the set that goes the extra mile to ensure excellent preparation, reporting following hearings, and representation at all stages of proceedings. We are committed to quality service, and the training of top-quality advocates but consider ourselves to be an approachable set, offering a friendly, practical and down-to-earth environment in which to complete pupillage. We don’t shy away from the fact that our pupils have to work very hard indeed, but this is simply to equip our prospective tenants with all the requisite skills to succeed in life at the Bar.

As a relatively new set of Chambers, Senate House is determined to grow and build upon the reputations already held by its founding members, as high quality advocates who are approachable, client focused, and professional.

Senate House Chambers is already recognised as a Leading Family Law Set in the Legal 500 and has several members ranked as leading juniors. In addition, Chambers has been twice nominated for Provincial Family Law Set of the year at the Family Law Awards. We have also been recognised for our approach to wellbeing at the Bar, which is an important part of our Chambers ethos.

Chambers will select pupils with a view to tenancy being offered upon successful completion of pupillage.

Chambers is currently inviting applications for 2 pupillages, each of 12 months duration, commencing in October 2019 and April 2020. Pupillage is subject to a minimum funding of £16,000 although pupils can expect to earn significantly more than this, taking account of work undertaken during the second six.
How to apply
Applications must be sent email in the form of a covering letter and CV (complete with referees), marked for the attention of the pupillage committee at the following email address:

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 5pm on 29th March 2019. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Chambers intend to interview selected candidates on Saturday 6th April 2019 and those who are invited for interview shall be notified by 4pm on Monday 1st April 2019.

Candidates should have a minimum 2:1 at degree level and a very competent in the BPTC, but Chambers is always prepared to consider candidates without this level of qualification in exceptional circumstances.