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No5 Barristers' Chambers - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
No5 Barristers' Chambers
Head of AETO:
Mark Anderson QC
Address of AETO:
5 Fountain Court
Steelhouse Lane
B4 6DR
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Clinical Negligence; Costs; Litigation; Court of Protection; Crime; Employment; Family; Immigration; Nationality; International Law; Personal Injury; Planning; Public Law; Regulatory; Licensing; Sports law; Media and Entertainment; Business and Property
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Pro Bono; Adjudication; CLIPS; International and Domestic Adjudication; Licensed Access; Arbitration
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£50,000 - £59,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Why No5?

No5 has a formidable reputation for forward thinking and being at the cutting edge of new legal ground. We are leaders in heavyweight and complex litigation. With over 260 barristers, including 35 silks and recognised by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, No5 continues to be clients’ first choice across all 20 established disciplines.

Building on its 100-year history, No5 combines excellent standards with a progressive and modern outlook. Covid 19 has only further cemented this well-earned reputation with chambers swiftly adapting to flexible and virtual working for both staff and barristers. There is outstanding administrative support, including exceptional clerks and librarians.

Pursuing a career at the Bar is challenging. Identifying the right set for you to undertake a pupillage at is all too often a daunting task, requiring considerable care and attention. What marks out No5 is the broad spectrum of disciplines offered, the strength and breadth of experience, the commitment to ensuring each pupil reaches their potential and an enviable record of success with homegrown pupils becoming established practitioners, recognised in their individual fields, securing silk and judicial appointment.

No5 firmly believes in supporting the Bar at its grassroots and to do so is to retain and cement the strong foundations upon which flourishing careers can be built. Significant time and commitment is invested in pupils with pupillage being carefully structured to ensure each pupil is supported, promoted and encouraged throughout what is undoubtedly a challenging year.

Accordingly, each offer of pupillage is made with a view to tenancy. Pupils are not, at any stage, competing with one another for tenancy. That, in turn, leads to strong friendships between pupils to support and encourage each other through a challenging year and beyond.

Covid 19 has had no impact on No5’s approach and commitment to pupillage. We remain committed to recruiting exceptional individuals who will be future stars of the Bar.

We will recruit up to six candidates to commence 12-month pupillages in 2023 who best meet chambers’ business needs. Currently, those needs are for pupils (with a view to tenancy) within in each of the following groups and locations:

i) Crime (Birmingham)
ii) Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence (either Birmingham or London)
iii) Public (either Birmingham or London)
iv) Business and Property (either Birmingham or London)
v) Planning and Environment (either Birmingham or London)
vi) Immigration (Birmingham)

Although pupillages will primarily be within a core practice area, pupils might receive exposure to additional areas of practice in their first six and may be expected to undertake work in areas beyond their principal area of interest in their second six.

A considerable investment is made in chambers’ pupils and pupillages are offered with a view to tenancy, providing appropriate benchmark requirements are met. Throughout the 12-month period, pupils are carefully monitored by the Pupillage Committee to ensure that they are progressing appropriately and that all their training needs are being met.

Pupils can expect their workload during their second six months to be varied and challenging.

Level of Award
An award of £25,000 is made during the first six months of pupillage. Chambers guarantees billings of at least £25,000 during the second six months and funds all compulsory training courses during pupillage.

Applications should only be made for this round of recruitment if you wish to practice primarily in the groups set out above. Written applications will be assessed in accordance with the following criteria:-
1. Intellectual ability (the general academic requirement for pupils is AAB at A-Level (excluding General Studies), or equivalent, together with a 2:1 at degree level. Chambers will consider appropriate alternative qualifications and/or applications from those with mitigating circumstances);
2. Experience of law in practice (taking account of age and background);
3. Commitment/motivation;
4. Interpersonal skills;
5. Public speaking experience (e.g. debating, mooting, etc.); and
6. Presentation of written application (organised and persuasive thought and good grammar and spelling), together with a demonstrated ability to answer the questions asked.

Application Procedure
Applications will open on 5 January 2022.

Chambers has two rounds of interviews, with a short assessed mini-pupillage for those candidates who are invited to a second round interview.

First round interviews will be held on 26th March 2022. Second round interviews are likely to take place on 30th April 2022. These dates are liable to change. All interviews will take place in Birmingham in person.

Chambers accepts applications from those who have not yet undertaken the BPTC.

Chambers is an equal opportunities employer and will endeavour to accommodate any requests for special requirements.

Please note all interviews are held in Birmingham. Chambers does not cover candidates’ expenses for travelling to the interviews.

How to apply
By application form on No5 Chambers website: