Landmark Chambers, specialists in Planning, Property, Public and Environmental Law, is proud to have been awarded ‘Set of the Year’ for Planning/Environment and Real Estate at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019.
This follows the recent release of Chambers and Partners’ 2020 rankings in which Landmark is the only UK Chambers ranked in Band 1 in the three practice areas of Planning Law, Environment Law and Real Estate Litigation.
Landmark Chambers offers up to three pupillages a year, each of 12 months duration. We run a staggered recruitment process (Phase 1 and Phase 2), the details of which can be found on our website: http://www.landmarkchambers.co.uk/pupillage-recruitment/pupillage
Training and assessment during pupillage
The pupillage year is divided into four seats of three months each. During the first three seats, we offer our pupils experience in all of Chambers’ complementary practice areas. For the final seat each pupil is given an opportunity to express a preference as to the practice area in which they are interested in receiving further training, and the pupil recruited via. Phase 1 will be encouraged to take a fourth seat with one of the members of our Property Team.
Throughout the year we will encourage you to work for a cross-section of Chambers’ members and we will arrange for our Silks to act as your satellite supervisors on more complex cases. This will allow you to see a wide variety of work and take advantage of Landmark’s unique position as a leading specialist set, with significant overlap between its private law and public law practices. In your second six months you will also be offered opportunities to appear in court on your own account, usually in the County Court or First-Tier Tribunal.
We are committed to providing our pupils with high-quality and constructive training. To that end, you will receive regular feedback from your pupil supervisors and, at the end of the first and third seats, you will be invited to participate in formal feedback sessions with the Chair and Secretaries of our Pupillage Committee. Finally, our pupils participate in, and receive feedback in relation to, three written and one oral advocacy assessment during their pupillage year.
The tenancy decision is taken on individual merit and is usually made after the first three seats of pupillage. Having taken on four of seven pupils across the past three years, we have a good retention rate. However, if we are not able to offer you tenancy at the end of your pupillage, we have a good record of assisting our former pupils in finding third six pupillages or tenancies elsewhere.
Funding and awards
Landmark offers a pupillage award of £65,000 to all pupils in Chambers. Up to £25,000 of the award may be drawn down in advance. The balance of the award is paid by instalments, monthly in advance. We also fund the compulsory courses required of pupils by the Bar Standards Board.
Making an Application
Those candidates who have a particular interest in Property Law are advised to make a Phase 1 application through the recruitment portal advertised below. We ask all of our other applicants to make a Phase 2 application through Pupillage Gateway, which will be opening on Tuesday 7 January 2020.
The start date for all candidates making an application to Chambers between 1 November and 31 December 2019 (Phase 1) and Tuesday 7 January and Friday 7 February 2020 (Phase 2) will be October 2021.
Candidates are asked to note that the following dates have been provisionally set for this year's Phase 1 recruitment process:
• Recruitment Portal Closes – 31 December 2019 at 16:00
• Assessment Centre – 16 January 2020
• Interviews – 30/31 January 2020
• Offers – 3 February 2020.
Although the deadline for applications through the recruitment portal is 16:00 on 31 December 2019, candidates are strongly advised to make their submissions before 20 December 2019, as both administrative and technical support will not be available over the Christmas holidays.
Equality and Diversity
Chambers is committed to the furtherance of equality and diversity at the Bar. We are an equal opportunities employer and run a number of initiatives designed to promote equality, diversity and wellbeing. We encourage and welcome applications from women, people of minority ethnic origin and people with disabilities, as well as candidates from other groups which are underrepresented in the legal sector.