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Landmark Chambers (General Pupillage) - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Landmark Chambers
Head of AETO:
Reuben Taylor QC and David Holland QC
Address of AETO:
Landmark Chambers
180 Fleet Street
London
EC4A 2HG
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Planning and Environmental, Property, Public, Rating and Valuation law
Practice areas:
Planning; Public Law; Property; Environment
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Pro Bono
Circuits:
South eastern
Tenants:
93
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Seven
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Two
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
2 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
10712/21/2437
Description
Landmark Chambers, specialists in planning, property, public and environmental law, is proud to have been awarded ‘Set of the Year’ for Planning/Environment at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2022, for the third year in a row. This follows the recent release of Chambers and Partners’ 2022 rankings in which Landmark is ranked in Band 1 for Planning, Environment Law, Local Government and Rating and Valuation.

Landmark Chambers offers up to three 12-month pupillages per year: one property pupillage and up to two pupillages for those who have a particular interest in at least one of Landmark’s other practice areas. We offer pupillages to those applicants who we believe have a realistic prospect of achieving a tenancy with us. Importantly, our pupils are not in competition with one another for a tenancy but are assessed solely on their own abilities and performance.

This page is exclusively for applications to the non-property pupillages available. If you wish to apply for the property pupillage, please see Landmark’s property advert on the Pupillage Gateway.

Training and assessment during pupillage
The pupillage year is divided into four seats of three months each. During the first three seats, we offer our pupils experience in all of Chambers’ complementary practice areas. For the final seat each pupil is given an opportunity to express a preference as to the practice area in which they are interested in receiving further training, and the pupil recruited to the property pupillage will be encouraged to take a fourth seat with one of the members of our Property Team.

Throughout the year we will encourage you to work for a cross-section of Chambers’ members and we will arrange for our Silks to act as your satellite supervisors on more complex cases. This will allow you to see a wide variety of work and take advantage of Landmark’s unique position as a leading specialist set, with significant overlap between its private law and public law practices. In your second six months you will also be offered opportunities to appear in court on your own account, usually in the County Court or First-Tier Tribunal.

We are committed to providing our pupils with high-quality and constructive training. To that end, you will receive regular feedback from your pupil supervisors and, at the end of the first and third seats, you will be invited to participate in formal feedback sessions with the Chair and Secretaries of our Pupillage Committee. Finally, our pupils participate in, and receive feedback in relation to, three written and one oral advocacy assessment during their pupillage year.

The tenancy decision is taken on individual merit and is usually made after the first three seats of pupillage. Having taken on four of seven pupils across the past three years, we have a good retention rate. However, if we are not able to offer you tenancy at the end of your pupillage, we have a good record of assisting our former pupils in finding third six pupillages or tenancies elsewhere.

Funding and awards
Landmark offers a pupillage award of £65,000 per year per pupil, which will be paid in equal monthly instalments. This includes an optional £25,000 drawdown, which may be used during the year preceding the start of pupillage. Chambers also funds pupils’ attendance at multiple external training events throughout their pupillage year, including the compulsory courses required of pupils by the Bar Standards Board and the Inns of Court.

Making an Application
Candidates are asked to note that the following dates have been provisionally set for this year's recruitment process:
24 March 2022 – Assessment
25/26 April 2022 – Interviews
6 May 2022 – Offers of pupillage for October 2023.

Following a review of all applications, we contact all candidates, either to invite them to sit an assessment or to inform them that their application has been unsuccessful.

Equality and Diversity
Chambers is committed to the furtherance of equality and diversity at the Bar. We are an equal opportunities employer and run a number of initiatives designed to promote equality, diversity and wellbeing. We encourage and welcome applications from women, people of minority ethnic origin and people with disabilities, as well as candidates from other groups which are underrepresented in the legal sector.
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. Advocacy / the ability to persuade is a key skill required for a career at the Bar. Why do you consider you have the persuasiveness necessary to succeed at the Bar? (Please provide specific examples, if possible)? (200 words)
  2. A career in the Bar is academically challenging. What evidence can you provide to demonstrate your academic ability? (200 words)
  3. To succeed as a barrister demands exceptional resilience. Giving examples where possible, how do you recover from setbacks and adapt to difficulties? (200 words)
  4. Effective cooperation is a key characteristic of a career in the Bar. How do you ensure any team you are in works effectively? (200 words)
  5. Which of Landmark's practice areas are you most interested in, and how are you able to demonstrate that interest? (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.