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Cobden House (Family) - 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 Family Department.

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

The Family Department works across all areas of family law, including principally children law work and financial remedy, but also domestic violence applications, forced marriage and female genital mutilation protection applications. The team is instructed by Solicitors, Local Authorities, Children’s Guardians and Police Forces in relation to this work.

Public law care cases are a particular strength of the department but we aim to give the successful candidate a broad grounding in all areas, and they will of course be given every opportunity and support to develop their practice in their preferred field of work. In public law care cases we are instructed to represent a broad and balanced mix of parents, Local Authorities and Guardians.

In private law children’s matters we accept both publicly funded and private cases, representing parents and children.

We also have a significant practice in financial remedy cases, and also TOLATA and Schedule 1 cases.

The family team has grown in recent years, reflecting a burgeoning reputation amongst solicitors, and we seek a pupil who can assist with the caseload we now have.

The department strives to offer the highest standards of professionalism to solicitors whilst maintaining a friendly and approachable manner. Cobden House Chambers prides itself on its collective and constant support for each other, which fits with the friendly reputation Chambers enjoys amongst both the Bar and Solicitors.

Members of the department include former solicitors and mature entrants to the Bar as we firmly believe that a broad range of experience significantly strengthens what we as a team can offer to solicitors.

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

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’.