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4 Paper Buildings - 12 Months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
4 Paper Buildings
Head of Chambers:
Alex Verdan QC
Address of chambers:
4 Paper Buildings
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Family Law
Practice areas:
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Arbitration; Pro Bono
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
4PB is one of the strongest leading nationally and internationally recognised sets in Family Law.

Members of Chambers specialise in high-profile, cutting-edge cases in Private and International Law, Financial Remedies, and Public Law. Members are regularly instructed in cases that are reported in law reports and the national press. They are also widely published, contributing to legal texts, writing articles and providing lectures, seminars and webinars, domestically and internationally.

4PB is a set of Chambers, immersed in providing a friendly, yet highly professional environment, with strong leadership and management, focussed on the challenges at the Bar.

4PB combines the best of modern and traditional aspects of life at the Bar. Members aim to be approachable and supportive to pupils, whilst allowing them sufficient space to demonstrate initiative and to develop as individual practitioners.

Our recruitment process begins with our tailored application form, a comprehensive sifting process, followed by a careful selection and interview process which takes place between March and April 2020. Applicants selected for a second round interview will also be invited into chambers for a one day mini pupillage at the beginning of April 2020.

4PB is an equal opportunities employer and we strive to ensure that each candidate is given an equal and fair opportunity within the selection process.

4PB is renowned for providing comprehensive and high quality supervision and training, to ensure, insofar as we can, that our pupils perform to the best of their ability. We aim to make pupillage enjoyable and practical, providing training from experienced pupil supervisors in all areas of Family Law.

During pupillage, each pupil is allocated three separate supervisors, one every 4 months. Chambers aims to tailor pupillage to meet a pupil's interest whilst also ensuring that pupils receive a breadth of experience in family practice. We seek to provide pupils with experience in Private and International Law, Financial Remedies and Public Law. In addition to working with your supervisor you will work for and go to court with other members of Chambers.

As a pupil we expect you to be in court on average two to three times per week. You will take on a varied but manageable caseload in your second six months.

As a result of our careful, fair and open selection process, combined with our training, our growth in recent years, at the junior end, has been largely organic. Alternatively, pupils who may not have met the criteria required to be a tenant at 4PB, have all, so far, obtained tenancy or a third six placement elsewhere.

4PB offers up to 3 funded 12-month pupillages every year. The award for 2021 is £30,000 and this is supplemented by earnings from work done in your second six which is guaranteed to be at least £5,000.

In addition to the £30,000 disbursed to the successful candidate, 4PB offer a hardship bursary fund totalling £18,000 which is apportioned amongst successful candidates. This is paid during the 12 month period prior to the commencement of pupillage to assist in meeting the costs of the Bar Professional Training Course fees (or to assist with repaying the course fees if you have already completed the BPTC). The award of the bursary is means –tested and the amount of the award is discretionary. Applications for the bursary will be open only to those who have been offered and accepted a pupillage at 4PB, and an application may be submitted upon the acceptance of an offer of pupillage or at any time prior to the conclusion of the BPTC.
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. Why do you want to practice at the family bar and specifically at 4 Paper Buildings? (300 words)
  2. Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? In your answer, please identify any relevant experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
  3. Describe a time when you have had to argue for a proposition in which you did not believe? What was the issue and what skills did you deploy to advance your argument? (300 words)
  4. In the matter of TT and YY [2019] EWHC 2384 (Fam), President of the Family Division refused to allow a trans man to register as a child’s father. Why was the president wrong? (300 words)
  5. What outside interests and activities do you participate in? (150 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.