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Pupillage

Details of Pupillage

Two, 12 months (commencing 2018)

Financial Support

Each pupillage attracts total funding of £30,000 comprising a grant of £22,500 and guaranteed earnings of £7,500. Recent history suggests that pupils can expect to earn more than this in their second six.

Areas of Practice

Members of Chambers undertake a wide range of work that can be broadly categorised as:

  • Civil Law: Commercial, Common Law and Chancery
  • Public Law: Judicial Review, Local Government, Human Rights, Court of Protection, Community Care, Immigration
  • Property law
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Family Law: all areas including domestic and international litigation involving financial provision/remedies, child arrangements and section 8 orders, domestic violence, abduction, adoption, surrogacy and care proceedings

Pupillage will be divided into four seats. During pupillage pupils can expect to gain experience in all chambers’ main practice areas. Where possible, chambers will try and accommodate pupils’ requests for a seat in a specific area of work. Second six pupils can expect to be in court on a regular basis. The bulk of chambers’ work is in London and the South-East.

What we are looking for

Academic and intellectual ability: A high standard of intellectual ability is required, illustrated by the fact that four recent tenants have worked as judicial assistants in the Court of Appeal. A 2.1 degree as a minimum is expected but all applications will be considered on their overall merits.

  • Evidence of oral and written advocacy skills: Candidates must be able to demonstrate their ability to master a brief quickly, argue their corner persuasively and think on their feet.
  • Motivation and Determination: Candidates need motivation, strength of character, resilience and the determination to succeed in a self-employed profession.
  • Interpersonal skills: Candidates must be able to understand and address clients’ and solicitors’ needs and work effectively in a team.
  • Initiative: Candidates must demonstrate the ability to use their initiative to solve problems.
  • Evidence of relevant legal work experience: Experience of a variety of legal environments whether through voluntary work, work experience or paid employment.
  • Other skills, employment and achievements: We recognise that there is no ‘one’ template for a barrister. We value experience both in and outside the legal sector.

Application details

Application by email only to pupillage17@fieldcourt.co.uk by application form (downloadable from the website) by 6 February 2017

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