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Spire Barristers - 12 Months - September 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Spire Barristers
Head of AETO:
Miss Jacqueline Thomas QC and Miss Sarah Blackmore
Address of AETO:
Spire Barristers
3 St. David's Court, David Street
LS11 5QA
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Family and Public Law
Practice areas:
Family; Public Law; Education; Finance; Mental Health & Court of Protection; Judicial Review; Private Client
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Pro Bono; Arbitration and Mediation
North eastern
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:
September 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Spire Barristers are winners of the Chambers of the Year 2019 Award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards and winners of the 2018 Regional Family Law Chambers of the Year Award at the nationally recognised LexisNexis Family Law awards, as well as being shortlisted again this year. We are the only specialist Family and Public Law set on the North Eastern Circuit and in the North of England.

Our members are amongst the most respected and experienced in these areas of practice at the Bar. We are routinely recognised as a Leading Set in the Legal 500, with various individuals receiving recognition, together with individual entries in Chambers & Partners.

Further, chambers has a reputation for supporting and encouraging new entrants to the Bar, in particular by promoting and undertaking social mobility initiatives, which enable those applicants who might previously have been unable to commence a career as a barrister to do so.

It is against this background that chambers invite applications from those candidates who are to commence the Bar’s professional training course in September 2022 for a 12-month pupillage commencing in September 2023.

During the training course year, the successful candidate will receive mentoring and support from chambers, will be invited to chambers events and will be encouraged to make major contributions to chambers online Family and Court of Protection Newsletters.

Our specialist and bespoke pupillage training programme is designed to ensure that by the end of their training, chambers’ pupils are able to securely satisfy all the competencies set out in the Bar Professional Statement, such that on commencement of pupillage itself our pupils work with a wide range of practitioners, so that they can be assessed widely across chambers, whilst being allocated one overall pupil supervisor.

The training and opportunities provided are of the highest quality, which ensures that pupils may move seamlessly into tenancy with busy and successful practices; having been nurtured in a warm and welcoming chambers’ environment. All pupils have access to the best specialist clerking services to ensure the right exposure to instructing solicitors, as well as full administrative support. Follow this link to view or download our Pupillage brochure:

Pupillage Booklet 2022/23 -

We recruit pupils on the merit of their application, including relevant life experiences rather than simply focussing on academic achievement. We believe there is more to a good pupil than simply their undergraduate grades. That said, when the time comes, there is still a requirement that that on completion of the vocational stage of training (BTC/BPC), a grade equivalent to “Very Competent” must be achieved.

The successful candidate will have demonstrably good communication skills, a commitment to their development as an outstanding advocate as well as a commitment to the independent bar and in particular the Family and Public Law bar throughout Leeds, Yorkshire & the North Eastern Circuit. They will also have an ability to engage well with clients, members of chambers and the clerks.

Our pupils are remunerated in line with the Bar Council's policies.

Application Questions

What attributes do you possess that are required of the Family and/or Public Law barrister?

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.

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.

How to apply
Spire Barristers follow the timeframe published on the Pupillage Gateway. The window for applications to be submitted will open on Wednesday 5 January at 11.00 [a.m.] and close on Wednesday 9 February at 14.00 [p.m.] Follow the link to download our application form at and follow the instructions.