Name of chambers:
Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors
Head of Chambers:
N/A (regulated by SRA)
Address of chambers:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Revenue Law / Employment Law
Family; Personal Injury; Probate; Corporate; Commercial; Insolvency and Restructuring; Employment; Litigation; Employed Bar
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
12 month pupillage
Harrison Clark Rickerbys (HCR Law) is looking to recruit 2 pupils, with a view to offering up to 2 permanent employment contracts, in order to service an increasing workload in our tax and employment department.
The period of pupillage will be at least 12 months and potentially up to 24 months. Full or part-time working patterns are available (pupillage term extended pro rata for successful part-time applicants). HCR is looking to take on pupils with start dates between April to June and September to December 2020.
HCR is a top 100 full-service solicitors firm based in eight cities around the UK yet these opportunities will be largely based in our Wye Valley, with potential opportunities to work in Hereford and Cheltenham flexibly. Our team is diverse and includes both barristers and judges in many offices
Although these vacancies will be based in the Wye Valley, a stone's throw from the beautiful river Wye, our staff live across Monmouthshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. HCR offers a collegiate, diverse, friendly and relaxed professional environment with a focus on technical excellence, and the opportunity to have a true work/life balance. As a pupil you will be able to enjoy:
• a relatively low cost of living
• a commute / traffic jam free life
• easy access to the beautiful towns and cities of Hereford, Cheltenham, Monmouth, with easy access to Cardiff and London
Pupils can expect a diverse range of work including:
• carrying out drafting assignments for practising advocates;
• assisting with legal research;
• shadowing advocates in highly complex client conferences,
• shadowing advocates in ADR or mediation meetings working under considerable pressure at times, and occasionally in tribunal;
• during the second 6 to begin to lead such meetings and conferences themselves, with appropriate support;
• not to work at weekends or over bank holidays, except in exceptional cases;
• much tax work is paper-based and often it is in clients’ best interests to seek to resolve matters by negotiation and agreement, without recourse to the courts, pupils should not expect to be in court or tax tribunal on a frequent basis rather as cases demand.
Successful candidates will have a real interest technical excellence and an enthusiasm to undertake work in tax and employment law long term. Whilst CTA will be an advantage for our tax opportunities, it is not essential.
In order to ensure that pupils have every opportunity to develop, we offer mentoring, CPD and career development to help pupils develop the practice they want. A designated mentor in each practice area will be assigned to ensure that you have the chance to continue to learn and develop. You will also have regular meetings with our wider partners to help ensure your practice and career is heading in the direction you want it to.
HCR values diversity and applicants wishing to work part time will not be disadvantaged. Please outline your preferred working pattern in your application.
Whilst we value academic results we values strong interpersonal skills, and motivation is equally important to us. So please do say why you are applying together with what else you would bring to the role as result of your wider interests and activities.
There are some great benefits for pupils seeking to join HCR including:
• Scottish Widows Pension Scheme
• 25 days paid annual leave (plus public holidays)
• Happy People / Perks at Work benefits portal
• Cycle to Work scheme
• Life Assurance
• Enhanced family leave1/3 gym membership contribution
• Free annual Flu vaccinations
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.
- 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)
- Why do you want to join our firm? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice (200 words)
- What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (200 words)
- Please identify any additional experiences / skills gained that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
Successful applicants will be invited to a first round interview (with the option for this to be held remotely via Skype, if necessary). This interview will be an opportunity to get to know the candidate and involve competence based questions.
Successful interviewees will then be shortlisted for a final face-to-face interview involving an advocacy or negotiation exercise.
Applications should be made online via the pupillage gateway and include a covering letter of no more than two pages and a CV.