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Magdalen Chambers October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Magdalen Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Nigel Moore and Rupert Chapman
Address of chambers:
Victory House
Dean Clarke Gardens
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Family and Civil
Practice areas:
Family; Civil
Specialist services:
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£12,000 - £19,999
Closing date:
14 February 2020 at 4:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Magdalen Chambers in Exeter invites applications for two pupillages commencing in October 2020.

Chambers intends to recruit one family and one civil pupil. Please be clear in your application which is your preferred area of specialism.

Magdalen Chambers in the largest set in the south-west (south of Bristol) and is looking to expand further through the recruitment of outstanding pupils with the potential to become tenants. Chambers is a friendly and welcoming set with a reputation for excellence in both family and general civil law, cultivated by members across Chambers who have been consistently recognised by legal directories such as Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

Chambers is committed to ensuring that pupils receive training of the highest standard. Chambers has recently undertaken a comprehensive review of its pupillage policies and procedures to ensure that the training provided continues to meet this expectation. Training is designed to ensure that pupils are able to meet the competences in the Professional Statement to the threshold standard by the end of their pupillage. Chambers is equally as committed to the wellbeing of its pupils and has been awarded the Bar Council Certificate of Recognition for the support it provides to members and staff.

Pupils will be allocated one pupil supervisor but will be expected to spend time with other members in order to gain exposure to the different types of work that Chambers undertakes. In your second six, you will start to take on your own cases as well as continuing to undertake work with, or on behalf of, tenants. A junior member will be allocated as a mentor to provide more informal support and advice.

The training for pupillage will include:
• Regular opportunities for pupils to receive feedback on their progress from their pupil supervisor and the pupillage committee;
• Formal reviews every three months;
• Regular advocacy exercises;
• The opportunity to undertake work with a variety of members specialising in different areas of law;
• The opportunity to attend court with junior members;
• Such flexibility as is necessary to take into account pupils’ personal circumstances;
• Encouraging pupils to reflect critically on their own progress.

The pupillage award will be £16,322 plus reasonable expenses (including the cost of undertaking mandatory courses). The pupillage award will be made up of Chambers’ grant plus earnings (in the second six). Pupils can reasonably expect their earnings to exceed the minimum award in their second six.

The timetable for applications is likely to be as follows:
• Applications to be made by 14th February 2020
• Invitation for interview by 13th March 2020
• Interview and advocacy exercise in the weekend of 28th March 2020
• Offers of pupillage to be made by 3 April 2020
• Pupillage to commence in October 2020
• (Chambers reserves the right to make such variations to this timetable and process as are necessary)

Pupils will be able to apply for tenancy from approximately July 2021, to commence at the end of their pupillage.

Applications should be made using the Chambers application form which can be found on the Chambers website.

How to apply
An application form can be found on the Chambers website. Please forward a copy of this by email, for the attention of Natasha Bellinger (Pupillage Secretary) at or send a hard copy by post.

All applications must be received by 4pm 14th February 2020.