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Senate House Chambers-12 months- October 2021 and April 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Senate House Chambers
Head of AETO:
Michelle Christie and Lianne Murphy
Address of AETO:
Senate House Chambers
14 Albion Place
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Children Law
Practice areas:
Family; Crime
Specialist services:
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:
4 October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Senate House Chambers is a modern provincial set of 27 tenants and 4 Queen’s Counsel door tenants, boasting a vast quantity of high quality work and very well regarded advocates from the Heads of Chambers to the newest junior tenants. We are a specialist family law chambers however pupils and junior tenants also undertake some criminal work, which we see as extremely beneficial to develop a well-rounded practice and early advocacy experience. Pupils are well supported with criminal law experience as a significant number of our tenants have a background of extensive criminal law in practice.

We pride ourselves on service, high quality advocacy, and on being the set that goes the extra mile to ensure excellent preparation, reporting following hearings, and representation at all stages of proceedings. We are committed to quality service, and the training of top-quality advocates but consider ourselves to be an approachable set, offering a friendly, practical and down-to-earth environment in which to complete pupillage. It is these qualities that led to Senate House Chambers being voted regional chambers of the year at the 2020 Family Law Award. We don’t shy away from the fact that our pupils have to work very hard indeed, but this is simply to equip our prospective tenants with all the requisite skills to succeed in life at the Bar.

As a relatively young set of Chambers, Senate House is determined to continue to grow and build upon the reputations already held by its founding members, as high quality advocates who are approachable, client focused, and professional. Chambers will select pupils with a view to tenancy being offered upon successful completion of pupillage.

Chambers is currently inviting applications for 2 pupillages, each of 12 months duration, commencing in October 2021 and April 2022. Pupillage is subject to a minimum funding of £16,601 although pupils can expect to earn significantly more than this, taking account of work undertaken during the second six.

Candidates should have a minimum 2:1 at degree level and a very competent in the BPTC, but Chambers is always prepared to consider candidates without this level of qualification in exceptional circumstances.
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. Why would your friends and family say we should interview you? (200 words)
  4. What do you consider to be the most important characteristics and skills of an effective advocate? (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.