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1 GC Family Law Chambers - 12 months - September 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
1 GC Family Law Chambers
Head of AETO:
Nkumbe Ekaney QC and Andrew Norton QC
Address of AETO:
10 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Family; Care and Adoption; Court of Protection; Children Law; Forced Marriage; Alternative Families; Dispute Resolution; Family (Private); Family (Public); Inquiries and Inquests; Matrimonial Finance; Private and Public Children
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration); Arbitration; Pro Bono
London; South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
4 September 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
1 GC Family Law is one of the foremost Family Law Chambers in the country, recognised both nationally and internationally for providing expert advice and representation, and for acting in the most high-profile, sensitive and important cases arising from family breakdown.

Our pupils are our future. For this reason, we place great emphasis on providing a friendly, supportive environment in which pupils are able to develop the skills they require for a successful career at the Family Bar. We are committed to the continuing education of pupils, and ensure ongoing support and assessment throughout pupillage.

Once a tenant, our members go on to develop successful practices and to appear in some of the most significant cases in Family Law. Former members have been recruited to be High Court Judges, Circuit Judges and District Judges. Many of our current members sit as Deputy Judges at all levels.

There are two rounds of interview: The first round will take place on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March 2022 and the second round on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2022.

Chambers is offering three pupillages starting in September 2023.

Our pupillages come with an award of £32,500 for each pupil, paid in monthly instalments. At Chambers’ discretion, a proportion of the award might be available for early drawdown during the BPTC year.

Pupils can also expect to be in court regularly during their second six and, although we cannot guarantee any particular figure, recent experience suggests that our pupils can expect to earn a good additional income during these six months. Our pupils are entitled to retain all of their earnings during their second six and are not expected to pay Chambers rent.

1GC offered candidates a Pupillage Open evening with Q&A on Wednesday 12 January 2022 – please find the recording here

Chambers is committed to equal opportunities for all and to promoting and improving diversity at the Bar. To this effect, we recruit our pupils through the Pupillage Gateway, and our application process follows the timetable and fair recruitment recommendations set down by the Bar Council.
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. Q1: 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)
  2. Q2: 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)
  3. Q3: "The age of majority should be reduced to 16". Please make an argument for or against this proposition. (350 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.