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Cobden House (Crime) - 12 months - October 2021

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Cobden House Chambers
Head of AETO:
Marc Willems QC
Address of AETO:
19 Quay Street
M3 3HN
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Practice areas:
Test Crime; Housing and Social Welfare; Personal Injury; Crime; Family; Business and Property
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Pro Bono
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
28 June 2021 at 12:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Cobden House Chambers is delighted to announce that it is now recruiting for a fully funded 12 month pupillage in our Criminal Department.

Cobden House Chambers is a leading multi-disciplinary set located in the heart of Manchester.

Please note that it is Chambers’ policy to offer pupillage with a view to tenancy.

The Criminal Department's principal areas of practice lie in the Crown Court, where members both prosecute and defend in all types of cases up to and including the most serious and high-profile of criminal trials. There is no geographical boundary, but most of the department's work lies within the Northern Circuit.

Individual members additionally specialise in appellate, inquest and regulatory work.

The department also accepts and undertakes both private and publicly-funded criminal and road traffic work in the magistrates' courts.

As a department, we believe that maintaining an ethos of high quality service and professionalism is entirely compatible with the preservation of a friendly and approachable working atmosphere.

The criminal pupillage will be geared to providing the successful candidate with training in and experience of all aspects of criminal practice, with a view to establishing a strong foundation for a successful career at the criminal bar.

Pupillage Award

Each pupil receives a total award of £25,000 comprising £9000 during the First Six and Guaranteed Earnings of £16,000 during the Second Six.


The Closing Date for applications is 12.00 noon on 28th June 2021. First Round interviews will be held on Saturday 17th July 2021 with Second Round interviews on Friday 23rd July 2021. The successful candidate will be notified shortly after the Second Round interviews.


The planned pupillage start date is 4th October 2021 but Chambers will consider a flexible starting date to accommodate the successful candidate according to their personal circumstances.


We welcome applications from ANY suitably qualified candidate irrespective of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or social background. All applications are anonymised prior to assessment and our recruitment process is conducted in accordance with the Bar Council guidelines.
How to apply
Application is by Chambers’ own Application Form. This can be downloaded from Chambers’ website at Submission details can be found on the website. If replying by post, please note that you must mark your envelope ‘Pupillage Application’.