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St. Mary's Family Law Chambers - 12 months - 2021/22

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
St. Mary’s Family Law Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Victoria Hodges & Judy Claxton
Address of chambers:
St. Mary's Chambers
26-28 High Pavement
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Pro Bono
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:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
“Nottingham-based family law specialists with a strong and deep bench of distinguished tenants capable of handling a wide range of issues. The set is especially well known for its ability in matrimonial finance work and is regularly instructed in complex financial and high net worth mandates, including cases involving family businesses and agricultural interests. The set also impresses in children law matters, and often handles the most challenging and severe cases of abuse, injury, fabricated illness and child death.” Chambers & Partners Guide to the Bar

"Well-organised, helpful clerks who play a crucial role.” Chambers & Partners Guide to the Bar

“The ‘highly recommended’ St Mary’s Chambers focuses purely on family law. Members predominantly receive instructions in public law children cases involving non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse and mental health issues, but some also have considerable experience in financial remedy and TOLATA cases.” The Legal 500

About Us

St Mary’s Chambers is widely recognised as having one of the leading teams of family law barristers outside of London. Chambers, a national specialist in family law, is well known for its friendly and welcoming reputation. Our members are instructed in the most complex financial remedy and children cases and appear at all levels of the Family Court.
Chambers is thriving, and we are looking for the best to join our ranks.

The Position

In order to satisfy the significant growth in our work, St Mary’s Chambers is aiming to recruit one highly able pupil for commencement in dates throughout 2021-2022. A reserve list of candidates will be made where the quality of candidates justify it.

Pupils will be in Court throughout their pupillage. You will be supported and mentored by members of Chambers and benefit from our pro-active support of your professional development. Alongside a pupil supervisor you will be allocated a more junior ‘buddy’ who will offer more informal support. We expect pupils to have very busy practices in their 2nd Six.
Chambers guarantees earnings of £18,000 p.a. (£9,000 in each period of six months). Pupils in their 2nd Six earn on average in excess of £25,000 and our first year tenants earn on average in excess of £65,000. Nil expenses are charged on second six pupil receipts, which means all receipts during the six months are the pupil’s exclusively. Chambers charges a modest and highly competitive rate of expenses of 13% to all first year tenants from pupillage. Whilst we expect high standards throughout pupillage, all offers of pupillage are made with the intention that pupil will become a tenant on successfully completing pupillage.

Who Should Apply?

We are looking for the very best candidates, especially those prepared to make a commitment to a career on the Midland Circuit. The minimum degree requirement is a 2.1. The minimum BTPC requirement is Very Competent. Chambers welcomes applications from candidates who have not completed their degree, GDL or BPTC studies. Pupillage will be offered to candidates in these circumstances on condition they meet these minimum requirements.

We recognise the further strides the Bar needs to take in becoming a more diverse profession. Chambers takes its commitment to equality and diversity very seriously. Chambers operates an equal opportunities recruitment policy and encourages applications from candidates from all backgrounds regardless of age, gender, race, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or disability. We especially welcome applications from those presently under-represented within the profession and we apply an equal opportunities tie breaker under the Equality Act 2010 where two candidates of equal merit are scored equally. We never recruit less qualified candidates over more qualified candidates.

Further Information

Further information will be available on our website in January 2020, including how we will score your application form, the competencies for interview, and the dates of interviews.

Application Questions

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.

  1. What makes you well suited to practise family law on the Midland Circuit, from Chambers in Nottingham? (150 words)
  2. A good barrister needs to be fearless, resilient and have the ability to think of their feet. Using an example, when have you done something in your life to demonstrate these attributes? (200 words)
  3. Using an example, describe a situation that has taken you out of your comfort zone. How did you deal with it, why did you deal with it in that way and would you approach that situation any differently now? (200 words)
  4. Describe a single situation, outside of your academic experiences, where you have demonstrated an ability to self-motivate and then achieve something of note despite the odds being against you. How did you do that and what was the outcome? Please answer concisely and, in any event, in no more than 300 words. (300 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.