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Cobden House (Housing) - 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 Housing 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 Housing Department has a close relationship with our Business and Property Department and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to gain experience across a wide range of practice areas.

Members of the Housing Department undertake work across the full spectrum of residential landlord and tenant matters in both the public and private sectors. This encompasses matters as diverse as anti-social behaviour, homelessness, right to buy disputes, succession, housing standards enforcement and advisory work for local authorities and social housing providers.

The Business and Property Department’s members cover a broad range of traditional Chancery and commercial work although the Department as a whole has a strong reputation for Real Property work. The Department’s work includes adverse possession, boundaries, easements, highways, utilities, trusts of land and property related professional negligence claims.

A firm grounding in Real Property Law is essential. An interest in, or experience of the social housing sector would be an advantage but is not essential.

The Housing Department pupillage will be structured to ensure that the successful candidate gains a firm grounding in both written work and advocacy, in preparation for taking on their own work during Second Six.

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’.