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4 Brick Court - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
4 Brick Court
Head of AETO:
Jayne Harrill
Address of AETO:
4 Brick Court
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Family Law
Practice areas:
Family; Child Abduction; Care and Adoption; Finance; Court of Protection; Forced Marriage; Domestic Abuse; Children Law; Family (Private); Family (Public)
Specialist services:
Public Access Work
London; South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
2 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
4 Brick Court is a leading specialist Family law set in the Temple in close proximity to the main Family Law Centres in London. We also have a large presence in the outer London courts and further afield.

We are committed to considered expansion of our Chambers. The most important element of this is to recruit and develop talented barristers from the start of their careers. We have a clear and effective training program during pupillage that promotes support, equality, fairness and wellbeing. You will have 3 pupil supervisors, each for 4 months. Above all, our approach produces experienced, strong advocates that we are very keen to retain. A Pupillage Handbook acts as a guide to expectations and support. We provide a specific advocacy training programme led by Bibi Badejo presenter of The Advocacy Project podcast, which is tailored to prepare pupils for starting on their feet and to develop skills for a successful career at the Family Bar. This is aimed at support & training and is not assessed though feedback is provided to both pupils & their supervisors. Alongside this programme we set 3 or 4 written exercises and ask our pupils to write a publication fit article.

Our barristers are known primarily for their excellence in legal knowledge and skilled, robust advocacy. We have a strong reputation for being approachable in advising yet fiercely representing our clients in court. We would expect candidates to show the potential to share these skills and qualities. As a pupil, you will have regular contact with the entire membership of chambers from new tenants to senior members and experience the breadth of chambers work.
Barristers at 4 Brick Court regularly appear in leading cases, being at the forefront of developing areas of Family law. We have a strong reputation for representing all parties in public child law. We also cover the full range of private child law and financial remedies. Successful applicants will be able to show a commitment, practical or otherwise, to these areas of family law.

4 Brick Court is a modern set with a forward-looking approach. Our clerking and administrative teams are supportive and adaptive to the many changes facing the modern Family Bar. We host a series of training and seminars to solicitors and other legal professionals on areas of both public and private child law.

We are recruiting 2 pupils to start in October 2022. Remuneration for the 2021/22 pupillage is £20,500 per pupil plus 9 months paid travel expenses. Remuneration for 2023 pupillage has yet to be quantified but will be in line with the recommendations by the Living Wage Foundation, plus 9 months paid travel expenses. 4 Brick Court is an accredited London Living Wage Employer. In addition to the pupillage award, pupils retain their own second six earnings. On average our pupils bill between £20,000 to £30,000 for work undertaken and receive between £10,000 to £18,000 in actual fees during their second six months. None of the monies earned are recouped by Chambers.

We also offer mini-pupillages – details can be found on our website.

We have a Pupillage Handbook which can be made available to you on request to . Our constitution contains various policies which govern our approach to members and pupils including an Equality Policy, Fair Access to Work, Wellbeing etc and we are open to flexible working arrangements. We have a strong commitment to Anti-Racism underpinned by our Anti-Racism statement.

Application Questions

The following questions will form the Pupillage Application Questionnaire section of the application form for this pupillage vacancy. These are included here to allow you to prepare in advance.

  1. Please describe what relevant skills and/or experience you poses which make you suitable for a career at the Family Bar? (200 words)
  2. BC1: Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? In your answer, please identify any relevant experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career (200 words)
  3. BC2: Why do you want to join our chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice (200 words)
  4. Why are you interested in family law? (300 words)
  5. What is the greatest challenge you have faced so far? (200 words)
  6. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (200 words)
  7. What do you plan to do between the date of your application & starting pupillage? (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.