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Parklane Plowden Chambers - 12 Months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Parklane Plowden Chambers
Head of AETO:
James Murphy
Address of AETO:
Parklane Plowden Chambers, 19 Westgate, Leeds
Lombard House, 4 – 8 Lombard Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Civil, Family, Commercial and Chancery
Practice areas:
Personal Injury; Clinical Negligence; Healthcare; Employment; Family; Commercial and Chancery; Insurance; Court of Protection; Community Care and Health; Litigation; Costs
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Arbitration and Mediation; Pro Bono
North eastern
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:
October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Chambers’ reputation as the leading set in the North East across its core practice areas is consistently recognised by the legal press including Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500:

“Parklane Plowden Chambers is regarded amongst lawyers and legal commentators as the pre-eminent set on the North Eastern Circuit”

“They are a very forward thinking set…evidenced by its unique structure that embraces modern business practices”

“…a regional heavyweight set which has a growing national reputation. It has ‘exceptional litigators' and ‘genuine strength in depth'. As one of the largest civil law sets in the region, it is strong across a range of practice areas…”.
"All of the barristers have been nothing but professional, warm and friendly," comments one satisfied client.”

“…the clerking is excellent”

“Outstanding and by the far best in the North of England”

One of the reasons for our exceptional reputation and strength in depth is investment in our pupils and junior tenants. We firmly believe that by recruiting high quality pupils and providing high quality pupillages, Chambers will continue to thrive. We have a very strong tradition of offering tenancies to pupils who demonstrate the requisite level of ability and dedication and many of our senior practitioners were themselves pupils in Chambers.

Within Chambers, we have the following core teams:

• Civil
• Employment
• Family
• Commercial and Chancery

During the current Pupillage Gateway process, we intend to offer up to 3 pupillages within our Civil and Employment teams:

• October 2021 commencement: based in Newcastle
• October 2022 commencement: one based in Newcastle, one based in Leeds

Pupils are likely to spend most of their time undertaking personal injury, clinical negligence and employment work. There may also be opportunities to gain exposure to some commercial and chancery work. We will seek to adapt the pupillages depending on the interests of the pupil and having regard to Chambers’ work at the time.

Following significant recent recruitment of tenants from other sets of chambers, we will not be offering any specialist commercial/chancery pupillages in the 2022-23 year

Equality and Diversity

Chambers is committed to equal opportunities for all no matter what their background and to promoting and improving diversity at the Bar. We particularly encourage applications from those in underrepresented groups.
Chambers is a supporter and partner of Bridging the Bar:

Pupillage applications are anonymised to reduce the possibility of any unconscious bias at the sifting stage.

We monitor diversity by way of our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Forms which candidates are invited to also complete with their applications. These forms are used only for monitoring purposes, they are kept separate from the application forms and are not used as part of the selection process.

Pupillage Awards

The pupillages commencing in October 2022 are funded by an overall package worth at least £30,000 over the 12 months made up as follows:
• An award of £12,500 for the first six months to be paid pro rata at the end of each month;
• Guaranteed receipts of at least £17,500 for the second six months.

In fact, we expect our pupils to generate income significantly in excess of the guaranteed receipts in their 2nd six. Based on past experience, we anticipate billing in the first full year of fee generating practice to comfortably exceed £50,000.

Recruitment Process - Interviews

• First round interviews are likely to be held in Leeds or Newcastle on 6th or 13th March 2020.
• Second round interviews are likely to be held in Leeds or Newcastle on 27th March 2020.
How to apply
Applications need to be made on Chambers’ Application Form which will be available on our website ( prior to the applications window opening. The applications window runs from 11am on Monday 4th January 2021 to 11am on Monday 8th February 2021. All applications must be received during this period. The Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form should be sent as separate attachments to with “Civil Pupillage Application” in the subject line.