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Radcliffe Chambers - 12 Months - October 2022

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Radcliffe Chambers
Head of AETO:
Keith Rowley QC
Address of AETO:
11 New Square
Lincoln's Inn
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Commercial, Insolvency, Pensions, Private Client, Property and Charity Law
Practice areas:
Banking and Financial Services; Charities; Commercial; Pensions; Private Client; Real Estate; Professional Liability; International Law; Restructuring and Insolvency ; Mediation and Arbitration
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Pro Bono; Arbitration; Adjudication; CLIPS; International Arbitration; International and Domestic Adjudication; Licensed Access
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£60,000 - £100,000
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2022
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Described by the Legal 500 as ‘a go-to set’ for Chancery and commercial work, Radcliffe Chambers is a modern set of chambers based in Lincoln’s Inn. We have 67 barristers, including 11 QCs, with many recommendations in the current editions of Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 directories. The achievements of Chambers and its individual members have been recognised in recent years in the Chambers UK Bar awards, The UK Diversity Legal awards, STEP private client awards, The Lawyer awards, The British Legal awards and The Legal Cheek awards. In 2021 we were ranked as highly commended in The Lawyer awards. Chambers continues to achieve its far reaching ambitions, with turnover growth in double digits.

Our members undertake a wide range of Chancery and Commercial work and we aim to give our pupils as much exposure as possible to our different practice areas. During pupillage, pupils will sit with four different supervisors across a variety practice areas and will also work with a number of other members, assisting them with their cases. From attending court with our QCs to writing opinions and to drafting documents in a wide range of matters, pupils will experience the full spectrum of life at the Chancery Bar.
We also have a long-established reputation as a friendly and welcoming Chambers, and while we expect pupils’ work to be of the highest quality, members are always willing to share the benefit of their legal knowledge and experience.

Our selection criteria

We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate the following:
• Intellect – Being a barrister is intellectually challenging, so make sure your application highlights your academic achievements
• Commerciality – We think a deep understanding of the issues affecting our clients is crucial to providing the best possible service
• Persuasiveness – You must have the potential to become an outstanding advocate, as evidenced through strong public speaking experience
• Credibility – We value personal impact and the ability to build long-lasting, collaborative relationships with clients and within chambers
• Commitment – We are looking for pupils who have strong reasons for applying to Radcliffe Chambers, and for wanting to become a chancery/commercial barrister

Awards and Training

We pride ourselves on the training we give our pupils, under the supervision of experienced and successful practitioners.

We are recruiting for a further one additional pupil to start in October 2022 and up to two pupils to start in the pupillage year commencing October 2023. We will offer up to two 12-month pupillages each of which carries a pupillage award of £65,000, plus any earnings generated during the second six months of pupillage, when you should expect to be undertaking your own caseload as well as completing your pupillage training. We are willing to consider any request for part of the pupillage award to be drawn down during the BPTC year.

Chambers also pays for all training courses required during pupillage and provides other in-house and external training.

How to apply
Applications must be made by CV with a covering letter, which should be submitted via an online form, hosted by Rare, a contextual recruitment system. When submitting your application, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire from Rare recruitment, which will be used to provide us with contextual information about our applicants. To access the online application form, please click here. Applications can be uploaded from Wednesday 5th January 2022 at 11am and will close on Wednesday 9th February 2022 at 2pm in accordance with the Bar Council guidelines. Please note the form will not be active until Wednesday 5th January 2022.

Please note Radcliffe Chambers uses the Bar Council’s Gateway system to advertise for applications and works within the framework set by the Gateway but applications for Radcliffe Chambers are not accepted through the Gateway.

The covering letter should briefly address the selection criteria set out on our website and should be a maximum of two sides of A4 in length. We will hold a confidential record of this information for monitoring purposes only.

If you need further information on our application process, please visit our website