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Garden Court North - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Garden Court North
Head of AETO:
Mark George QC
Address of AETO:
Garden Court North Chambers
3rd Floor, Blackfriars House, Parsonage
M3 2JA
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Housing, Immigration, Criminal Defence and Appeals, Judicial Review
Practice areas:
Housing and Social Welfare; Immigration; Asylum and nationality; Criminal Defence and Appeals; Judicial Review; Civil Liberties; Welfare Benefits and Social Security; Court of Protection; Community Care and Health; Equality and Discrimination; Civil actions actions against the police and public authorities; Prison Law and Criminal Justice; Family
Specialist services:
Pro Bono; Public Access Work
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£12,000 - £19,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
3 October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Garden Court North Manchester: 35 tenants. Mixed civil and criminal law set.

Pupillage vacancies: 2

We invite applications for two 12 month pupillages to commence in October 2022. The level of award is £17000 p.a. paid monthly during pupillage in addition to which pupils will, of course, have the opportunity to earn their own fee income during their second six months, subject to the deduction of chambers expenses.

Before applying applicants should visit our website at for a more detailed understanding of the range and nature of work undertaken by Chambers. The pupillages offered will be mixed (criminal and civil).

We will discuss your preferred areas of work before commencement of pupillage but pupils are likely to find themselves concentrating on housing, immigration, criminal law, public law and judicial review.
All applications are read and sifted by members of Chambers using a scoring system and we are looking for:

• Intellectual aptitude and potential. This may be evidenced by excellent academic achievement but is not limited to this. Other evidence of intellectual aptitude may be put forward and will be considered

• Ability to grasp complex issues and concepts and think on his or her feet. Ability to present clear, concise and logical arguments and express himself or herself confidently and articulately

• Evidence of interest in and commitment to working in civil liberties, human rights law, or other fields of law on behalf of those suffering from disadvantage and/or discrimination.

• Commitment to Chambers’ ethos and in particular to working with and for those who are disadvantaged by poverty and discrimination. Commitment to Chambers’ ethos may be shown by experience either within or outside the law.

• Ability to communicate with a wide range of people from different backgrounds.

• Diligence and a high level of motivation.

Applicants selected in the initial sift will be invited for interview. Interviews consist of two rounds, an initial short interview and, for those successful, a second longer interview which will include an oral advocacy exercise. We will try to let those who are selected for interview know as soon as possible. We will apply the Pupillage Gateway timetable.

Applications will be considered from prospective pupils who have not yet completed the BPC or BTPC.

Reasonable travel expenses will be paid for attending interview.
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. 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)
  2. Why do you want to become a barrister as opposed to any other job (a) within the legal profession and (b) outside the legal profession entirely? (300 words)
  3. Why do you want to join Garden Court North? In your answer, please explain why you are interested in us and in the work we do. Explain your motivation with reference to an example for your own life or experience. (500 words)
  4. What makes you the ideal candidate for a pupillage at Garden Court North? You should illustrate your answer with at least one example drawn from your own personal or work experiences. (500 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.