Name of AETO:
Head of AETO:
Address of AETO:
12 North Pallant
Main practice area:
Civil (Chancery), Property, Commercial and Family
Trusts; Probate; Children Law; Employment; Matrimonial Finance; Local Government; Property; Estates; Commercial and Chancery; Private Client
Public Access Work; Mediation; Arbitration; Licensed Access; International Arbitration
South eastern; Western
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
12 month pupillage
We are looking for an outstanding candidate to undertake pupillage with our Family team, starting either in October 2022 or March 2023. There is a separate vacancy being advertised for those interested in undertaking pupillage with our Civil team.
As one of the South’s leading sets we are consistently ranked as a leading Chambers in the Legal 500. This is testament to the quality of our work and the service we provide both for solicitors and lay clients.
We only recruit pupils who we believe will be offered tenancy and pride ourselves on retaining and developing our talent. Pupils work closely with their pupil supervisors and other members of Chambers, particularly those who are themselves new to their practice, and play a full part in Chambers’ life.
We offer pupils and junior tenants the opportunity to undertake high quality, challenging and interesting work from an early stage, and to build a practice with a large amount of High Court work, whilst living in the areas of Sussex and Hampshire.
What do we look for?
We recruit pupils who are capable of undertaking challenging and rewarding work and who possess strong written and oral advocacy skills. It is important to us that our pupils are personable, driven and committed to our principles and to developing their practice in Chambers as tenants.
What will I do as a pupil?
Your first six months will be spent shadowing your pupil supervisor(s) and other members of Chambers. You will be expected to accompany them to court and other appointments, to draft pleadings and opinions and undertake practice advocacy exercises. Feedback is given on all of your written and advocacy work, and there will be various reviews throughout the six months.
In the second six months, you can expect a busy court practice and to undertake paperwork in your own right. You will continue to be supported by your pupil supervisor(s) and other members of Chambers.
Your pupillage is a two-way process and we will work with you so that you can get the maximum benefit from your training, including adapting your pupillage to give you exposure to the particular areas of law in which you want to specialise. You will be a part of Chambers’ life and will attend social functions and be able to develop relationships with the clerks and clients.
What is the selection process?
It is our policy to only offer pupillage to those that we feel are potential tenants. We therefore set high standards and apply a rigorous selection process. Application forms completed on the Pupillage Gateway are considered by the recruitment committee and suitable candidates invited for an initial interview.
Successful applicants will then be invited to a final round interview which will involve written and advocacy assessments.
The full selection process is set out in Chambers’ Pupillage Policy which can be found on our website in the “Policies and Procedures” section, a link to which can be found at the bottom of this page.
What award is offered?
Our current pupillage award is £25,000, comprising a £12,500 award in the first six, and £12,500 guaranteed earnings in the second six. In practice our pupils almost always earn more than this as a result of the cases that they do in their second six. Chambers also covers pupils’ travel expenses as it is required to by the BSB, so this award and a pupil’s earnings go that much further.
Without the expense of living in London and the added amenities of the South Coast, which include the rolling hills and woods of the South Downs, the beaches at the Witterings, and the vibrant city nightlife of Brighton and Southampton, this award and the addition of a pupil’s earnings allow for an unrivalled quality of life for our pupils.
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.
- 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)
- 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)
- Please set out (in no more than 750 words) one area of law which you believe should be changed, why it should be changed, and in what way it should be changed (if you have applied previously, please select a different area of law) (750 words)
- By filling out this application form, you are applying for a Family law pupillage. Please indicate here whether you would like to also be considered for a Civil or mixed Civil and Family law pupillage. Please also indicate whether you would prefer to commence pupillage in October 2022 or March 2023, or have no particular preference. (100 words)
- If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here (200 words)
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.