Landmark Chambers - 12 months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Landmark Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Rupert Warren QC and Paul Brown QC
Address of chambers:
Landmark Chambers
180 Fleet Street
London
EC4A 2HG
Chambers website address:
Practice areas:
Planning; Public Law; Property; Environment; International Law; European Law
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Arbitration; Pro Bono
Circuits:
South eastern
Tenants:
96
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Seven
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Three
Awards available:
Yes
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
28 September 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
10712/19/1854
Description
Landmark Chambers, specialists in Planning, Property, Public and Environmental Law, is proud to have been awarded ‘Set of the Year’ for Planning/Environment and Real Estate at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019.

This follows the recent release of Chambers and Partners’ 2020 rankings in which Landmark is the only UK Chambers ranked in Band 1 in the three practice areas of Planning Law, Environment Law and Real Estate Litigation.

Landmark Chambers offers up to three pupillages a year, each of 12 months duration. We run a staggered recruitment process (Phase 1 and Phase 2), the details of which can be found on our website: http://www.landmarkchambers.co.uk/pupillage-recruitment/pupillage

Training and assessment during pupillage

The pupillage year is divided into four seats of three months each. During the first three seats, we offer our pupils experience in all of Chambers’ complementary practice areas. For the final seat each pupil is given an opportunity to express a preference as to the practice area in which they are interested in receiving further training, and the pupil recruited via. Phase 1 will be encouraged to take a fourth seat with one of the members of our Property Team.

Throughout the year we will encourage you to work for a cross-section of Chambers’ members and we will arrange for our Silks to act as your satellite supervisors on more complex cases. This will allow you to see a wide variety of work and take advantage of Landmark’s unique position as a leading specialist set, with significant overlap between its private law and public law practices. In your second six months you will also be offered opportunities to appear in court on your own account, usually in the County Court or First-Tier Tribunal.

We are committed to providing our pupils with high-quality and constructive training. To that end, you will receive regular feedback from your pupil supervisors and, at the end of the first and third seats, you will be invited to participate in formal feedback sessions with the Chair and Secretaries of our Pupillage Committee. Finally, our pupils participate in, and receive feedback in relation to, three written and one oral advocacy assessment during their pupillage year.

The tenancy decision is taken on individual merit and is usually made after the first three seats of pupillage. Having taken on four of seven pupils across the past three years, we have a good retention rate. However, if we are not able to offer you tenancy at the end of your pupillage, we have a good record of assisting our former pupils in finding third six pupillages or tenancies elsewhere.

Funding and awards

Landmark offers a pupillage award of £65,000 to all pupils in Chambers. Up to £25,000 of the award may be drawn down in advance. The balance of the award is paid by instalments, monthly in advance. We also fund the compulsory courses required of pupils by the Bar Standards Board.

Making an Application

The start date for all candidates making an application to Chambers between 1 November and 31 December 2019 (Phase 1) and Tuesday 7 January and Friday 7 February 2020 (Phase 2) will be October 2021.

Candidates are asked to note that the following dates have been provisionally set for this year's Phase 2 recruitment process:
• Assessment Centre – 12 March 2020
• First Round Interviews – 2 April 2020
• Second Round Interviews – 21/22/23 April 2020
• Offers – 7 May 2020.

Equality and Diversity

Chambers is committed to the furtherance of equality and diversity at the Bar. We are an equal opportunities employer and run a number of initiatives designed to promote equality, diversity and wellbeing. We encourage and welcome applications from women, people of minority ethnic origin and people with disabilities, as well as candidates from other groups which are underrepresented in the legal sector.

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. Advocacy / the ability to persuade is a key skill required for a career at the Bar. Why do you consider you have the persuasiveness necessary to succeed at the Bar? (Please provide specific examples, if possible)? (200 words)
  2. A career in the Bar is academically challenging. What evidence can you provide to demonstrate your academic ability? (200 words)
  3. To succeed as a barrister demands exceptional resilience. Giving examples where possible, how do you recover from setbacks and adapt to difficulties? (200 words)
  4. Effective cooperation is a key characteristic of a career in the Bar. How do you ensure any team you are in works effectively? (200 words)
  5. Which of Landmark's practice areas are you most interested in, and how are you able to demonstrate that interest? (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.