Chambers looks to recruit pupils with ability, application and the potential to be first-rate advocates. Excellent communication skills and a talent for engaging and persuading are essential; so are good academic qualifications (a 2:1 honours degree or above) and numeracy.
Pupillage at 1 Hare Court is divided into three periods of four months, each spent with a different supervisor.
Our aim is that you will see a broad range of our work and in addition to working with your pupil supervisor, you will have the opportunity to observe members of chambers representing their client at all levels of Court and Tribunal.
The work you see will include high profile, high value matrimonial cases, often with an international element. You will also receive a comprehensive introduction to private law children work and a good insight into the varied work arising out of the breakdown of the relationships of cohabiting couples: in particular claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act and Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.
You will be expected to undertake written work for your pupil supervisor and, from time to time, for other members of chambers. Examples of such work include written opinions, skeleton arguments, draft orders, schedules of assets and detailed chronologies.
You will always be given feedback on your work and there will be regular opportunities for you to discuss your progress with your pupil supervisor. We are constantly developing our in-house advocacy programme which we have designed to help build your confidence as well as providing invaluable training in the specific skills required for advocacy in family cases.
In your second six months, you will be able to undertake your own work, which will include appearances in court.
We offer two twelve month pupillages each year. Each pupil will receive funding of £35,000 from Chambers, in addition to their earnings during the second six months of pupillage (which in recent years have been as much as £30,000). Up to £10,000 of the award may be drawn down in advance during the BPTC year or to pay BPTC fees.
Chambers is not a member of the Pupillage Gateway. Applications for pupillages each year will open and close in accordance with the Pupillage Gateway timetable.
Applications should be sent to the Chambers' Administrator with curriculum vitae, hand written covering letter marked 'Pupillage Application', and a completed monitoring form. Your application should include an email address and a mobile telephone number. Written references, which are not required but may be helpful, can be included with your application or forwarded separately.
All applications will be considered in the first instance by our Pupillage Committee, following which a number of candidates will be selected to attend an interview in Chambers in March. Those who attend should be aware of current issues in family law and be prepared to discuss them in the interview. Following these first round interviews, a short-list of candidates will be invited to attend a further interview in April.
The successful two candidates will be notified on the earliest date on which offers may be made in line with the Pupillage Gateway timetable.
Chambers operates an Equal Opportunities policy in respect of all aspects of recruitment.
Chambers aims to recruit at least one junior tenant each year. In the last five years we have offered tenancies to eight of our own pupils and has an excellent record of obtaining 'third sixes' at other sets for those pupils not offered tenancy.
Any offers of tenancy will be subject to a six-month probationary period.