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Parklane Plowden - 12 Months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Parklane Plowden Chambers
Head of AETO:
James Murphy
Address of AETO:
Parklane Plowden Chambers, 19 Westgate, Leeds
Lombard House, 4-8 Lombard Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Civil, Family, Commercial and Chancery
Practice areas:
Personal Injury; Clinical Negligence; Healthcare; Employment; Family; Commercial and Chancery; Insurance; Court of Protection; Community Care and Health; Litigation; Costs
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Arbitration and Mediation; Pro Bono
North 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:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Parklane Plowden

Recently voted “Chambers of the Year” at the 2021 Yorkshire Legal Awards, Chambers is consistently recognised as the leading set in the North East across its core practice areas by the legal press, including Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500:

“Parklane Plowden Chambers is regarded amongst lawyers and legal commentators as the pre-eminent set on the North Eastern Circuit”

“They are a very forward thinking set…evidenced by its unique structure that embraces modern business practices”

“…a regional heavyweight set which has a growing national reputation. It has ‘exceptional litigators' and ‘genuine strength in depth'. As one of the largest civil law sets in the region, it is strong across a range of practice areas…”

"All of the barristers have been nothing but professional, warm and friendly," comments one satisfied client.

“…the clerking is excellent”

“Outstanding and by the far best in the North of England”

One of the reasons for our exceptional reputation and strength in depth is our investment in pupils and junior tenants. We firmly believe that by recruiting high quality pupils and providing high quality pupillages, Chambers will continue to thrive. We have a very strong tradition of offering tenancies to pupils who demonstrate the requisite level of ability and dedication. Many of our senior practitioners were themselves pupils in Chambers.

Within Chambers, we have the following core teams:
- Civil: Personal Injury, Clinical and Professional Negligence, Inquests, Industrial Disease, Civil Fraud, Insurance, Costs
- Employment
- Family
- Commercial and Chancery

Further details about the work Chambers does, and pupillage generally, can be found on our website:
We also encourage candidates to find out about what our members are up to by following us on Twitter (@ParklanePlowden) and on Linked In.

Pupillages Opportunities for 2023-4

During the current Pupillage Gateway process, we are pleased to confirm we intend to recruit 5 pupils for the following specialist pupillages:
· Two Civil & Employment Pupillages: one based in Leeds, one based in Newcastle;
· Two Family Pupillages: one based in Leeds, one based in Newcastle;
· One Commercial & Chancery Pupillage based in Leeds.

A Civil & Employment Pupillage will involve exposure primarily to personal injury, clinical negligence and employment work, with opportunities to experience some of our other civil practice areas too. We will seek to adapt the pupillages according to the interests of the pupil and having regard to Chambers’ work at the time.

A Family Pupillage will involve exposure to all aspects of family law including public and private child work, applications under Part IV Family Law Act 1996, matrimonial finance, financial provision for children under Schedule 1, cohabitation disputes and Inheritance Act applications, as well as to our expanding area of practice within the Court of Protection. Members of Chambers regularly represent local authorities, parents, children, the Official Solicitor, as well as private clients.

A Commercial & Chancery Pupillage will involve exposure to commercial and chancery litigation. This will include general commercial litigation, banking and finance, partnership disputes, insolvency work, probate work, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and property litigation.

Equality and Diversity

Chambers is committed to equal opportunities for all, no matter what their background, and to promoting and improving diversity at the Bar. We particularly encourage applications from those in underrepresented groups.

Further details of Chambers’ approach to Equality and Diversity generally can be found here

Further information on our CSR and Outreach work can be found here.

Information about the PLP Foundation can be found here.

Candidates are requested not to put their names on their application forms so that they can be sifted anonymously to reduce the possibility of any unconscious bias.

We monitor diversity by way of our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Forms which candidates are invited to also complete with their applications. These forms are used only for monitoring purposes, they are kept separate from the application forms and are not used as part of the selection process.

Pupillage Awards

All of our pupillages are funded by an overall package worth at least £30,000 over the 12 months made up as follows:
· An award of £12,500 for the first six months to be paid pro rata at the end of each month;
· Guaranteed receipts of at least £17,500 for the second six months.

In fact, we expect our pupils to generate income significantly in excess of the guaranteed receipts in their 2nd six. Based on past experience, we anticipate billing in the first full year of fee generating practice to comfortably exceed £50,000.

Chambers will pay for each pupil’s reasonable travel and accommodation expenses incurred during the course of pupillage when accompanying members of Chambers, the cost of all compulsory training courses and travel expenses to attend such courses and the costs of attending Mess on Circuit. At the start of the first six months, Chambers will provide each pupil with an advance to cover anticipated expenses in the month ahead.

Pupillage Programme

Details of our Pupillage Programme can be found on our website.

How to apply
Candidates will need to complete the relevant Application Form which will be available on our website prior to the application window opening. There are separate forms for each of the three specialist pupillages we are offering. Full instructions can be found on our website.
Candidates are also invited to complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. This form is not used in the assessment process and is used exclusively for monitoring purposes only.
The relevant Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form should be sent as separate attachments to the appropriate address below:
- with “Civil Pupillage Application” in the subject line; or
- with “Family Pupillage Application” in the subject line
- with “Commercial Pupillage Application” in the subject line
All first round interviews are likely to be held remotely on Microsoft Teams in March 2022.
All second round interviews are likely to be held in person in either Leeds or Newcastle in April 2022.
Further details will be published on our website.
We will be looking to recruit exceptional candidates who are able to demonstrate high level competencies and attributes in a number of different areas. Our Pupillage Selection Criteria, which we encourage candidates to have regard to when completing their application forms, can be found on our website along with details of how we propose to assess the competencies during the selection process.