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Lincoln House - 12 months - September 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Lincoln House Chambers
Head of AETO:
Andrew Thomas QC
Address of AETO:
8th Floor
Tower 12, The Avenue North,
18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester
M3 3BZ
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Crime, Regulatory and Civil Law.
Practice areas:
Civil; Professional Discipline & Regulatory; Regulatory; Health and Safety; Fraud; Inquiries and Inquests; Professional Discipline; Trusts; Immigration; Regulatory and disciplinary; White Collar Crime; Terrorism; Crime; Business and Corporate Crime; Civil and Commercial Litigation; Civil litigation; Clinical Negligence; Courts Martial; Criminal Defence and Appeals; Financial Crime; Financial Services and Regulation; Judicial Review; Personal Injury
Specialist services:
Public Access Work
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£40,000 - £49,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
25 September 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
About Chambers

Lincoln House Chambers is regarded nationally for its ability to field advocates across a number of specialist areas. These include financial, serious and general crime, regulatory and professional discipline as well as public inquiry work. Members’ practice areas also include personal injury including catastrophic injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence, as well as asylum and immigration work. Chambers’ reputation for excellence is such that Lincoln House has a caseload that includes many of the major criminal and regulatory cases of the day.

There are 76 members, comprising 19 Queen’s Counsel and 58 Juniors. A substantial number of the members hold judicial positions and a number of distinguished former members have gone on to careers on the Bench. Many senior members of chambers sit as Recorders, Coroners or other part-time judges. The leading guides identify Lincoln House and its members as among those who truly lead the field. This year Chambers and Partners identified members as class leaders in several practice areas, including inquests, public inquiry, health and safety, financial crime and general crime. The Legal 500 ranked Lincoln House as a Tier 1, leading set, noting: ‘At every level, they have quality barristers and a depth of choice many other chambers don’t have. It is evident they have a robust policy on new tenants and pupils as right down to that level they exude quality.”

We recruit pupils with the ambition to join our tradition of excellence. The challenging nature of our work means that we expect candidates to combine academic excellence with a strong practical ability to resolve real-life problems and demonstrate sound judgement. There is a strong collaborative approach in the training of our pupils, with an emphasis placed on developing candidates’ advocacy and ability to build strong productive relationships within the team.

About Pupillage

In the current year we plan to recruit up to four pupils to join us at Lincoln House for a 2023 start, each will be with a view to tenancy, we envisage every pupil being offered a tenancy upon successful completion of their pupillage, subject to their approval by the Tenancy Committee. The pupillage award is a £15,000 grant in the first six months and a guaranteed income of £25,000 in the second six months. Chambers also pay for all compulsory training courses during pupillage.

Pupils receive a comprehensive programme of training and guidance which gives successful candidates the best start to their career at the bar, pupillages are all common law and experience all areas of chambers work.

Equality, Diversity, and Wellbeing

Chambers is committed to their equality and diversity policy and actively supports all those who are seeking to achieve a successful career at the Bar irrespective of their personal circumstances, we use the RARE recruitment tool to ensure that candidates from all backgrounds are judged equally on the merit of their application.
Chambers is equally committed to the wellbeing of their members and pupils. Pupils establish a close relationship with their pupillage supervisor and are well supported by all members throughout the pupillage year. Lincoln House ensures that their pupils are tested and developed throughout pupillage whilst taking care of their wellbeing (both physical and mental).
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. 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. (200 words)
  2. Give and example of a time when you have had to use your judgement to achieve a goal either for yourself or someone else. Please briefly explain the situation, what you did/said, and the result that it had. 200 words (200 words)
  3. Give an example of a time when you have used written or oral skills of advocacy to achieve a desired outcome. Please briefly explain the situation, what you did/said, and the result that it had. 200 words (200 words)
  4. What is the greatest challenge you have faced so far? Please briefly explain the situation, what you did/said, and the result that it had. 200 words (200 words)
  5. If there is anything else you would like us to know about you, please tell us here. 250 words. (250 words)
  6. Legal discussion question, "child killers should go to prison for life". Discuss (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.