About Queen Elizabeth Building
QEB is a leading set of family law chambers, 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. 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, Z v Z (No 2) Petrodel v Prest, Mittal, Cooper-Hohn, AB v JJB (EMR Modification), Arif v Anwar, Broomfield, A v B (Art. 19 and Seisen B 11a) and Fields. Many members of chambers have continued into high judicial office. Indeed QEB is well known for having supplied many High Court Judges of the Family Division including Lord Wilson who sat in the Supreme Court.
Who should apply?
The practice of family law is highly varied and clients come from all walks of life. International and conflict of laws issues arise increasingly often. An ability to deal not only with complex financial disputes, often involving commercial issues, but also with child-related or other emotionally fraught and sensitive situations, is essential. 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, and also those who can demonstrate an ability to communicate sensitively with a wide range of people at a critical time in their lives.
QEB offers 2 pupillages each year. A pupillage at QEB offers top-quality training and very good financial support in a busy, friendly environment. A 12-month pupillage involves three pupil supervisors, but pupils are also encouraged to work with other tenants at all levels to gain a broad experience of our work. All our pupils are automatically considered candidates for tenancy and new tenants are only recruited from QEB pupils. Our reputation is such that where a pupil is not taken on, he or she is usually well placed elsewhere.
Chambers offers a pupillage award of £35,000, plus earnings in the second six and from devilling. Pupils do not pay Chambers’ expenses or clerks’ fees. Chambers also funds the compulsory Inn Advocacy and Practice Management Training courses.