Name of chambers:
Head of Chambers:
Miss Sarah Blackmore and Miss Jacqueline Thomas
Address of chambers:
3 St. David's Court, David Street
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Family and Public Law
Family; Public Law; Education; Finance; Mental Health & Court of Protection; Judicial Review; Private Client
Public Access Work; Pro Bono; Arbitration and Mediation
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£12,000 - £19,999
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
7 September 2020
12 month pupillage
Spire Barristers – winners of the Chambers of the Year 2019 Award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards and winners of the 2018 Regional Family Law Chambers of the Year Award at the nationally recognised LexisNexis Family Law awards and the only specialist Family and Public Law set on the North Eastern Circuit and in the North of England.
Our members are amongst the most respected and experienced in these areas of practice at the bar. We are routinely recognised as a Leading Set in the Legal 500, with various individuals receiving recognition, together with individual entries in Chambers & Partners.
It is against this background that chambers invite applications for a 12-month pupillage commencing in September 2020.
Our pupils will work with a wide range of practitioners, so that they can be assessed widely across chambers, whilst being allocated one overall pupil supervisor. The training and opportunities being offered are of the highest quality, which ensures that pupils may move seamlessly into tenancy with busy and successful practices; having been nurtured in a warm and welcoming chambers’ environment. All pupils have access to the best specialist clerking services to ensure the right exposure to instructing solicitors, as well as full administrative support. Follow this link to view or download our Pupillage brochure: http://spirebarristers.co.uk/pupillage-2020-2021/
We recruit solely on merit and expect applicants to have performed well academically with at least a 2:1 at degree level and a Very Competent at BPTC.
Successful candidates will have demonstrably good advocacy skills, a commitment to the independent bar and in particular the Family and Public Law bar throughout Leeds, Yorkshire & the North Eastern Circuit as well as the ability to engage well with clients, members of chambers and the clerks.
Our pupils are remunerated in line with the Bar Council's policies.
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.
- What attributes do you possess that are required of the Family and/or Public Law barrister? (200 words)
- 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 chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice (200 words)