Graduate scheme

Greater London

Pupillage applications open on Wednesday 5 January 2022 at 11am until Wednesday 9 February 2022 at 2pm.

QEB is a leading set of family law chambers with a “family feel”. It is particularly well-known for dealing with the financial consequences of divorce, but with immense experience in all aspects of family law including: jurisdictional disputes, foreign divorces, pre-marital agreements, civil partnerships, injunctions (both financial and domestic), private law child work, child abduction, Inheritance Act claims and disputes between former cohabitees.

QEB has been established for well over 100 years and is consistently rated as one of the top-ranking sets for family law. Many members of Chambers are listed as leaders in their field in the annual publications: 'Chambers and Partners', 'Legal 500' and 'Legal Experts'. Members of QEB have been involved in many of the most important cases of legal principle, including: White, Sorrell, Miller, Spencer, Marano, Robson, Schofield, Jones, Prest and Cooper-Hohn.

Many members of chambers have continued into high judicial office. At present, our former members are Lord Justice Moylan in the Court of Appeal and Mrs Justice Roberts and Mr Justice Holman in the High Court.

Who Should Apply for Pupillage:

The practice of family law is highly varied and clients come from all walks of life. International and conflict of laws issues arise often. We are looking for applicants with a strong academic record (minimum 2.1 law or non-law degree save in exceptional circumstances), good legal and analytical skills, an ability to communicate sensitively with a wide range of people at a critical time in their lives, and who are capable at dealing not only with complex financial disputes, including commercial issues, but also with child-related or other emotionally fraught and sensitive situations.

QEB strives to be a diverse and inclusive chambers that celebrates and supports difference. We welcome applications from all genders, backgrounds and communities and particularly encourage applications from disabled people and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, as these groups are currently under-represented at the Bar.

Pupillage Programme:

QEB offers two pupillages each year. A 12-month pupillage at QEB offers top-quality training in a busy, supportive and friendly environment. In addition, pupils are provided with very good financial support, with a pupillage award of £35,000 plus earnings from devilling and in second six. Pupils have three pupil supervisors, but are also encouraged to work with other tenants at all levels to gain a broad experience of our work. Pupils are automatically considered candidates for tenancy and our new junior tenants are only recruited from QEB pupils. QEB has offered five tenancies in the last four years. QEB's reputation is such that where a pupil is not taken on, he or she is usually well-placed elsewhere.

Deferred applications for pupillage and sponsored pupils are not accepted.

Whilst applications for mini-pupillages are normally encouraged, these are currently unavailable due to the pandemic. Interested applicants should check the website for updates periodically.

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