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St. Mary's Family Law Chambers - 12 months - 2021/22

AETO information
Name of AETO:
St. Mary's Family Law Chambers
Head of AETO:
Victoria Hodges & Judy Claxton
Address of AETO:
St. Mary's Chambers
26-28 High Pavement
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Pro Bono
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£12,000 - £19,999
Closing date:
8 February 2021 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
About Us

St Mary’s Chambers is widely recognised as having one of the leading teams of family law barristers outside of London. Chambers, a national specialist in family law, is well known for its friendly and welcoming reputation. Our members are instructed in the most complex financial remedy and children cases and appear at all levels of the Family Court.

Chambers is thriving, and we are looking for the best to join our ranks.

The Positions

In order to satisfy the significant growth in our work, St Marys Chambers is aiming to recruit one pupil to commence in October 2021. A reserve list of candidates will be made where the quality of candidates justifies it.
Pupils will be in Court throughout their pupillage. You will be supported and mentored by members of Chambers and benefit from our pro-active support of your professional development. Alongside a pupil supervisor you will be allocated a more junior buddy who will offer informal support. We expect pupils to have very busy practices in their 2nd Six.

We have adapted to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and continued to provide support, training and guidance to allow our current pupils to gain the best experience from their pupillage. Whilst we expect remote hearings to continue in many cases, we do not envisage that it will have any negative effect on a pupil’s training.

Chambers guarantees earnings of £18,000 p.a. (£9,000 in each period of six months). Pupils in their 2nd Six earn on average in excess of £25,000 and our first year tenants earn on average in excess of £65,000. Nil expenses are charged on second six pupil receipts, which means all receipts during the six months are the pupil’s exclusively. Chambers charges a modest and highly competitive rate of expenses of 13% to all first year tenants from pupillage. Whilst we expect high standards throughout pupillage, all offers of pupillage are made with the intention that the pupil will become a tenant on successfully completing pupillage.

Who Should Apply?

We are looking for the very best candidates, especially those prepared to make a commitment to a career on the Midland Circuit. The minimum degree requirement is a 2.1. The minimum BPTC requirement is Very Competent. Chambers welcomes applications from candidates who have not completed their degree, GDL or BPTC studies. Pupillage will be offered to candidates in these circumstances on condition they meet these minimum requirements.

We recognise the further strides the Bar needs to take in becoming a more diverse profession. Chambers takes its commitment to equality and diversity very seriously. Chambers operates an equal opportunities recruitment policy and encourages applications from candidates from all backgrounds regardless of age, gender, race, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or disability. We especially welcome applications from those presently under-represented within the profession and we apply an equal opportunity tie breaker under the Equality Act 2010 where two candidates of equal merit are scored equally. We never recruit less qualified candidates over more qualified candidates.

Further Information

Further information will be available on our website in January 2021, including how we will score your application form and the competencies for interview.
First round interviews will take place in March 2021 and the final round interview will take place in April 2021. It is important you note these dates at this point.
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. A good barrister needs to be fearless, resilient and have the ability to think of their feet. Using an example, when have you done something in your life to demonstrate these attributes? (200 words)
  2. BC1: 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)
  3. BC2: 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)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.