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Fourteen - 12 months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Head of Chambers:
Ronan O'Donovan
Address of chambers:
14 Gray's Inn Square
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Family Law
Practice areas:
Finance; Care and Adoption; Child Abduction; Children Law; Civil; Court of Protection; Family; Forced Marriage; Private Client; Property
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Pro Bono
London; South eastern
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
FOURTEEN is a leading specialist family law set with a national reputation. We undertake high quality work for a wide client base, which includes private client and legal aid solicitors, large city firms and local authorities. We have occupied a prominent position in the London legal market for many years.

We have consistently been recognised as a leading family law set in legal guides. Chambers and Partners commented that we have a ‘strong showing in children work’ and ‘established matrimonial and Court of Protection practitioners’, Legal 500 describe FOURTEEN as ‘a dynamic and forward-thinking set’ and ‘an impressive set with a wide skill-set’. We are noted for members who are ‘very personable on a human level and not at all stuck up’. We boast a long list of ranked juniors with experience at every level.

We have dedicated practice teams for children, family finance, Court of Protection and international family law. Many of our members are public access qualified and some undertake mediation and arbitration. A number of our former members now have senior judicial posts.

Pupillage at FOURTEEN is fulfilling and fun whilst preparing you for a life at the family bar. We offer one 12-month pupillage each year. Our pupils have the opportunity to see all areas of family law. Each pupil will have three pupil supervisors during their year and will be expected to accompany other members of chambers to Court on a regular basis.

FOURTEEN provides its pupils with comprehensive training before they start on their feet in the second six months. This includes advocacy exercises, drafting, legal research and practice in client conferences.

For 2021 the award will be £35,000, which is all paid in the first six months. Pupils also retain all their earnings in the second six months, and we will fund any training a pupil has to undertake. Second six pupils can expect to be on their feet regularly.
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. Which areas of the law are you most interested in and why? (250 words)
  2. What personal achievement are you most proud of and why? (250 words)
  3. What do you see as the key challenges of a career at the Bar, and how would you apply your own experiences or skills to meet these challenges? (250 words)
  4. Please give an example of a time when you have successfully used advocacy or influenced others. What in particular made your advocacy or influence effective? (250 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.