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Spire Barristers - 12 months - September 2021

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Spire Barristers
Head of AETO:
Miss Sarah Blackmore and Miss Jacqueline Thomas
Address of AETO:
Spire Barristers
3 St. David's Court, David Street
LS11 5QA
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Family and Public Law
Practice areas:
Family; Public Law; Education; Finance; Mental Health & Court of Protection; Judicial Review; Private Client
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Pro Bono; Arbitration and Mediation
North eastern
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:
September 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Spire Barristers were winners of the Chambers of the Year 2019 Award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards and winners of the 2018 Regional Family Law Chambers of the Year Award at the nationally recognised LexisNexis Family Law awards and the only specialist Family and Public Law set on the North Eastern Circuit and in the North of England.

Our members are amongst the most respected and experienced in these areas of practice at the bar. We are routinely recognised as a Leading Set in the Legal 500, with various individuals receiving recognition, together with individual entries in Chambers & Partners.

It is against this background that chambers invite applications for a 12-month pupillage commencing in September 2021.
Our specialist and bespoke pupillage training programme has been designed to ensure that by the end of their training, chambers’ pupils are able to securely satisfy all the competencies set out in the Bar Professional Statement.

Our pupils work with a wide range of practitioners, so that they can be assessed widely across chambers, whilst being allocated one overall pupil supervisor. The training and opportunities provided are of the highest quality, which ensures that pupils may move seamlessly into tenancy with busy and successful practices; having been nurtured in a warm and welcoming chambers environment. All pupils have access to the best specialist clerking services to ensure the right exposure to instructing solicitors, as well as full administrative support. Follow this link to view or download our Pupillage brochure:

Pupillage Booklet 2021/22 -

We recruit pupils on the merit of their application, including relevant life experiences rather than simply focussing on academic achievement. We believe there is more to a good pupil than simply their undergraduate grades. That said, there is still a requirement that that on completion of the vocational stage of training (BTC/BPC), a grade equivalent to “Very Competent” must be achieved.

Successful candidates will have demonstrably good advocacy skills, a commitment to the independent bar and in particular the Family and Public Law bar throughout Leeds, Yorkshire & the North Eastern Circuit as well as the ability to engage well with clients, members of chambers and the clerks.

Our pupils are remunerated in line with the Bar Council's policies.
How to apply
Please download the application form from our website -