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Parklane Plowden Chambers (Family Pupillage) - 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
Family pupillage commencing October 2022

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 1 pupillage within our Family team. There is a separate advert for further pupillages offered in the Civil and Employment teams.

The family pupillage will commence in October 2022. The pupil will primarily be based in Leeds but will likely travel across Circuit, particularly to Newcastle and its surrounding areas.

A family pupillage is likely to mean exposure to all aspects of family law including public and private child work, applications under Part IV Family Law Act 1996, matrimonial finance, financial provision for children under Schedule 1, cohabitation disputes and Inheritance Act applications, as well as to our expanding area of practice within the Court of Protection. Members of Chambers regularly represent local authorities, parents, children, the Official Solicitor, as well as private clients.

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 pupillage commencing in October 2022 is 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.
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 “Family Pupillage Application” in the subject line. First round interviews are likely to be held in Leeds on 20th March 2021. Second round interviews are likely to be held in Leeds on 10th April 2021. Depending on Covid-19 restrictions it may be necessary for interviews to take place via a remote platform.