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Senate House Chambers - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
Senate House Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Michelle Christie and Lianne Murphy
Address of chambers:
Senate House Chambers
14 Albion Place
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Children Law
Practice areas:
Family; Crime
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 11:55 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage

Senate House Chambers is a modern provincial set of 26 tenants and 4 Queen’s Counsel door tenants, boasting a vast quantity of high quality work and very well regarded advocates from the Heads of Chambers to the newest junior tenants. We are a specialist family law chambers however pupils and junior tenants also undertake some criminal work, which we see as extremely beneficial to develop a well-rounded practice and early advocacy experience. Pupils are well supported with criminal law experience as a significant number of our tenants have a background of extensive criminal law in practice.

We pride ourselves on service, high quality advocacy, and on being the set that goes the extra mile to ensure excellent preparation, reporting following hearings, and representation at all stages of proceedings. We are committed to quality service, and the training of top-quality advocates but consider ourselves to be an approachable set, offering a friendly, practical and down-to-earth environment in which to complete pupillage. We don’t shy away from the fact that our pupils have to work very hard indeed, but this is simply to equip our prospective tenants with all the requisite skills to succeed in life at the Bar.

As a relatively young set of Chambers, Senate House is determined to grow and build upon the reputations already held by its founding members, as high quality advocates who are approachable, client focused, and professional. Chambers will select pupils with a view to tenancy being offered upon successful completion of pupillage.

Chambers is currently inviting applications for 2 pupillages, each of 12 months duration, commencing in October 2020 and April 2021. Pupillage is subject to a minimum funding of £16,000 although pupils can expect to earn significantly more than this, taking account of work undertaken during the second six.

Applications must be sent by email in the form of a covering letter and CV (complete with referees), to marked for the attention of Miss Lucy Fairclough, Pupillage Co-ordinator. The deadline for the receipt of applications is 14th February 2020. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Chambers will invite selected candidates for an initial interview approximately one month following the application deadline (this is likely to be at the weekends). Candidates who successfully progress to the second stage of the interview process will be invited to spend a day with a barrister in chambers and to a further interview with an advocacy exercise. The second round interviews will take place in mid-April with a decision on successful candidates being made as soon as possible thereafter and not later than 7th May 2020.

Candidates should have a minimum 2:1 at degree level and a very competent in the BPTC, but Chambers is always prepared to consider candidates without this level of qualification in exceptional circumstances.

Miss Lucy Fairclough, Senate House Chambers, 14 Albion Place, Northampton, NN1 1UD

How to apply
Applications by way of covering letter and CV to pupillage co-ordinator, Miss Lucy Fairclough at