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Radcliffe Chambers - 12 months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Radcliffe Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Mr. Keith Rowley QC
Address of chambers:
11 New Square
Lincoln's Inn
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Chancery and Commercial
Practice areas:
Banking and Financial Services; Charities; Commercial; Company; Insolvency and Restructuring; Pensions; Private Client; Property
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Pro Bono; Arbitration
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
3 January 2020 at 11:55 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Described by the Legal 500 as ‘a go-to set’ for Chancery and commercial work, Radcliffe Chambers is a modern set of chambers based in Lincoln’s Inn. We have 60 barristers, including 5 QCs, with many recommendations in the current editions of Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 directories. The achievements of individual members have been recognised in recent years in the STEP Private Client Awards, The Lawyer Awards and The Lawyer’s Hot 100. We have previously been recognised as Client Service Set of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards and have won a host of other awards including the Chambers of the year award with the British Legal Awards and STEP. Our Head of Chambers also won Chancery Silk of the Year. In 2019 we also won Legal Cheek’s Chambers of the Year

Our members undertake a wide range of Chancery and Commercial work and we aim to give our pupils as much exposure to our different practice areas as possible During pupillage, pupils will sit with four different supervisors across different practice areas and will also work with a number of other members, assisting them with their cases. From attending court with our QCs to writing opinions and drafting documents in a wide range of matters, pupils will experience the full spectrum of life at the Chancery Bar.
We also have a long-established reputation as a friendly and welcoming Chambers, and while we expect pupils’ work to be of the highest quality, members are always willing to share the benefit of their legal knowledge and experience.
Our selection criteria
We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate the following:
• Intellect – Being a barrister is intellectually challenging, so make sure your application highlights your academic achievements.
• Commerciality – We think a deep understanding of the issues affecting our clients is crucial to providing the best possible service.
• Persuasiveness – You must have the potential to become an outstanding advocate, as evidenced through strong public speaking experience.
• Credibility – We value personal impact and the ability to build long-lasting, collaborative relationships with clients and within chambers.
• Commitment – We are looking for pupils who have strong reasons for applying to Radcliffe Chambers, and for wanting to become a chancery/commercial barrister.
Awards and Training
We pride ourselves on the training we give our pupils, under the supervision of experienced and successful practitioners.
For the pupillage year commencing October 20201, we will offer up to two 12-month pupillages, each of which carries a pupillage award of £60,000, plus any earnings generated during the second six months of pupillage, when you should expect to be undertaking your own caseload as well as completing your pupillage training. We are willing to consider any request for part of the pupillage award to be drawn down during the BPTC year.
Chambers also pays for all training courses required during pupillage.

How to apply
Applications must be made by C.V. with a covering letter addressed to our Pupillage Committee preferably by email to or by post to Pupillage Committee, Radcliffe Chambers, 11 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3QB by 3rd January 2020. The covering letter should briefly address the selection criteria set out on our website, and should be a maximum of two sides of A4 in length. Radcliffe Chambers offers equality of opportunity to all applicants for pupillage without distinction by reference to age, disability, sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital or family status, religion, or political persuasion. To assist us in monitoring the effectiveness of our recruitment programmes to ensure they are open to all sections of the community, please take the time to complete our Diversity Questionnaire which can be found on our website. We will hold a confidential record of this information for monitoring purposes only. These forms will be not viewed by those involved in the recruitment process.