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Lincoln House - 12 Months - September 2021

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Lincoln House Chambers
Head of AETO:
Andrew Thomas QC
Address of AETO:
8th Floor
Tower 12, The Avenue North,
18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester
M3 3BZ
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Test Crime; Civil; Professional Discipline & Regulatory; Regulatory; Health and Safety; Fraud; Inquiries and Inquests; Professional Discipline; Trusts; Immigration; Regulatory and disciplinary; White Collar Crime; Terrorism
Specialist services:
Public Access Work
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
8 February 2021 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
September 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
About Chambers and Pupillage

Lincoln House Chambers is regarded nationally for its ability to field advocates across a number of specialist areas. These include financial, serious and general crime, regulatory and professional discipline as well as public inquiry work. Members’ practice areas also include personal injury including catastrophic injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence, as well as asylum and immigration work. Chambers’ reputation for excellence is such that Lincoln House has a caseload that includes many of the major criminal and regulatory cases of the day.

There are 75 members, comprising 14 Queen’s Counsel and 61 Juniors. A substantial number of the members hold judicial positions. The leading guides identify Lincoln House and its members as among those who truly lead the field. This year Chambers and Partners identified members as class leaders in several practice areas, including inquests, public inquiry, health and safety, financial crime and general crime. The Legal 500 ranked Lincoln House as a Tier 1, leading set, noting: ‘At every level, they have quality barristers and a depth of choice many other chambers don’t have. It is evident they have a robust policy on new tenants and pupils as right down to that level they exude quality.‘

We recruit pupils with the ambition to join our tradition of excellence. The challenging nature of our work means that we expect candidates to combine academic excellence with a strong practical ability to resolve real-life problems. There is a strong collaborative approach in the training of our pupils, with an emphasis placed on developing candidates’ advocacy and ability to build strong productive relationships within the team.

In the current year we plan to recruit up to two pupils to join us at Lincoln House. The number of junior tenancies in the last three years after the successful completion of a pupillage (12 months and 3rd six) is 4. The pupillage award is a £10,000 grant in the first six months (paid in monthly instalments) and guaranteed income of £20,000 in the second six months (paid in monthly instalments).

Equality, Diversity, and Wellbeing

Chambers is committed to their equality and diversity policy and actively supports all those who are seeking to achieve a successful career at the Bar irrespective of their background and personal circumstances. Chambers is equally committed to the wellbeing of their members and pupils. Pupils establish a close relationship with their pupillage supervisor and are well supported by all members throughout the pupillage year. Lincoln House ensures that their pupils are tested and developed throughout pupillage whilst taking care of their wellbeing (both physical and mental).

Lincoln House Chambers have been proud supporters of The Prince’s Trust since adopting the charity as its main focus of support in 2017. In addition to an annual contribution, Lincoln House Chambers hosts regular sessions providing information on the legal industry and visits to the Manchester Courts to young people connected with the Prince’s Trust.
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. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (200 words)
  4. In Lucima-v-CCC [2020] EWHC 3243, a decision of the High Court, the Lord Chief Justice found inter alia that a lower court’s conclusion upon an application to extend a custody time limit was “infected” by a misunderstanding of Art 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights and, it was wrong to conclude that the Government’s approach to the pandemic as it bore on the criminal courts was inadequate. Please provide a critical analysis of Lucima and state clearly if you agree or disagree with the High Court’s decision, giving reasons. (500 words)
  5. Given the cuts to the public funding of defence representation in criminal proceedings, what strategies do you hope to adopt to develop a successful and diverse practice? (300 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.