Name of AETO:
36 Family - Part of the 36 Group
Head of AETO:
Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, Dean Armstrong QC & William Tyler QC
Address of AETO:
4 Field Court
Main practice area:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Arbitration; Pro Bono; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration)
South eastern; Midlands; London
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£40,000 - £49,999
8 February 2021 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
3 October 2022
12 month pupillage
36 Family will be seeking to recruit one pupil to undertake a specialist family law pupillage commencing in October 2022. The Family pupillage award is £45,000 comprising the elements set out below.
36 Family is the specialist family practice team within The 36 Group. The team is sub-divided into four practice sub-groups:
• Family Finance
• Children and Modern Families
• Dispute Resolution
Much of our work in all sub-groups has an international dimension. We also have operations in Singapore and Cyprus reflecting our international client base and outlook.
Over the last decade, 36 Family has established itself as one of the leading family law teams in London, with notable practitioners in all areas of family law. We have been at the cutting edge of the development of family law in a number of areas, with several important cases in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in recent years. We have three QCs in the family team, a number of judicial appointees and a number of authors of key academic texts. We have excellent relationships with a wide national base of instructing solicitors including the most highly regarded specialist family law firms in the country.
36 Family are the recent winners of the 'Chambers of The Year' award at the Lexis Family Law Awards. The Head of the Family Team - Hannah Markham QC, is the recipient of the 'Silk of the Year' award at both the Lexis Family Law Awards and the Chambers and Partners Awards in 2020.
We are also highly regarded for our work in non-court dispute resolution, including within the team some of the country’s leading family arbitrators. Where possible, we will endeavour to give our pupils experience of attending mediations, arbitrations and early neutral evaluations. Our modern high spec facilities include a suite of rooms for all forms of ADR to take place in chambers.
The pupillage will provide training and experience in the full range of family law, including financial remedies, ToLATA and schedule one cases, disputes over children (public and private law, adoption, Hague Abduction cases), unmarried couples, surrogacy and donor conceived children, gender identity and the international aspects of practice in all those areas. The pupil will also benefit from the unique environment of The 36 Group and have the opportunity to gain some experience of related areas of law, such as probate, trusts and criminal law if requested. Pupillage at 36 Family includes an intensive training programme, and the opportunity to write or contribute to legal publications, blogs, webinars and other networking events.
Although pupils and very junior tenants initially practice across the whole range of family law we encourage specialisation into one or two of the above sub-groups within a few years.
We have always regarded our pupils and our junior tenants as our future and we seek to invest our time and resources to ensure they develop as fully as possible. Pupils are always recruited with a view to offering them tenancy at the end of the 12 months if they satisfy our criteria.
We pride ourselves on being a welcoming, sociable and supportive team of barristers and staff members. Pupils and junior members of chambers are encouraged to seek advice and support from more senior members of the team, and we have regular opportunities to socialise together and with professional clients in addition to more formal networking opportunities.
We aim to make our pupillage application process as rigorous and fair as possible, and to encourage the widest diversity of exceptional applicants. Applications are welcome from all highly talented candidates including BAME and LGBTQ candidates, mature applicants, overseas applicants, those experiencing underprivileged circumstances or any form of disability.
In the event that candidates for pupillage are invited to interview, interviewing days will be in Spring 2021.
The questions that candidates will be asked to address on their application forms are;
1. Describe when you have had to analyse complex or technical information and explain it simply. How did you approach the task and ensure the recipient understood the information? (200 words)
2. Describe a difficult encounter you have had with a hostile or vulnerable person. What was the situation, what did you do to engage with them and what was the outcome? (200 words)
3. What factors do you think best assist courts to determine witness credibility in a court hearing and why? (300 words)
4. Give an example of when you have experienced a difficult set back. What did you do to overcome it and what was the outcome? (200 words)
5. Why do you want to practise in the field of family law? (200 words)
The criteria that will be considered in pupillage applicants are as follows;
• Academic attainment
• Analytical Skills
• Interpersonal skills
• Written communication / advocacy
• Oral communication / advocacy
• Ability to work under pressure
• Courage and perseverance
• Ethical integrity
• Commitment to the bar, to the 36 group, and to a Family law practice
These will be assessed from a combination of the application form and interview.
The successful pupil will receive an award of £45,000 for the pupillage year, which includes £15,000 by way of guaranteed personal earnings during the second six. By arrangement part of the award, up to a maximum of £10,000, can be paid in the year preceding the pupillage to assist with the costs of undertaking the vocational course.
Further information about 36 Family can be found here: www.36family.co.uk
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.
- Describe when you have had to analyse complex or technical information and explain it simply. How did you approach the task and ensure the recipient understood the information? (200 words)
- Describe a difficult encounter you have had with a hostile or vulnerable person. What was the situation, what did you do to engage with them and what was the outcome? (200 words)
- What factors do you think best assist courts to determine witness credibility in a court hearing and why? (300 words)
- Give an example of when you have experienced a difficult set back. What did you do to overcome it and what was the outcome? (200 words)
- Why do you want to practise in the field of family law? (200 words)
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.