Chambers is only as strong as the sum of our parts, and we place great emphasis on working with our barristers, clerks and support staff to help them reach their potential and achieve their goals.
Our recruitment process is rigorous but fair, and we are only too happy to invest in those people who share our values and have the potential to become excellent professionals.
We are proud of our record of success, as shown by our strong retention rates and our ability to attract leading junior and senior practitioners.
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all backgrounds and are happy to make reasonable adjustments.
If you would like to discuss any opportunity with us, please contact Alister Williams in the first instance.
Undertaking a mini pupillage with us is a great opportunity for you to see our work and experience life in Chambers, and for us to get to know you.
What will I do?
We think that it is important that mini pupils have an active experience with us and we try and replicate life as a pupil as far as possible. You will accompany members of Chambers to court and other appointments, and will also consider papers and complete paperwork. We do not assess our mini pupils, but will provide feedback throughout your mini pupillage.
Who should apply?
Applicants for a mini pupillage should ordinarily have started a law degree or the law conversion course, although all applications will be considered.
How to apply?
If you would like to apply for a mini pupillage, please send your CV and a covering email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have four cycles per year. Please apply by:
- 1st November for a mini pupillage between January and March
- 1st February for a mini pupillage between March and May
- 1st May for a mini pupillage between June and August
- 1st August for a mini pupillage between September and December
We are one of the South’s leading sets and are consistently ranked as a leading Chambers in the Legal 500. This is testament to the quality of our work and the quality of our service.
We only recruit pupils who we believe will be offered tenancy. We are loyal and pride ourselves on retaining and developing our talent. Pupils work closely with their pupil supervisors and other members of Chambers and play a full part in Chambers life.
We offer pupils and junior tenants the opportunity to undertake high quality, challenging and interesting work from an early stage, and to build a practice which includes London work, but in the surrounds of the Sussex and Hampshire countryside.
What do we look for?
We recruit pupils who are capable of undertaking challenging work and who possess lucid written and oral advocacy skills. It is important to us that our pupils are personable, driven and committed to Our Principles and to developing Chambers as tenants.
What will I do as a pupil?
Your first six months will be spent shadowing your pupil supervisor(s) and other members of Chambers. You will be expected to accompany them to court and other appointments, and to draft pleadings and opinions. Feedback is given on all of your written work, and there will be various reviews throughout the six months.
In the second six months, you can expect a busy court practice and to undertake paperwork in your own right. You will continue to be supported by your pupil supervisor(s) and other members of Chambers.
Your pupillage is a two-way process and we will work with you so that you can get the maximum benefit from your training.
You will be a part of Chambers life and will attend social functions and be able to develop relationships with the clerks and clients.
What is the selection process?
It is our policy to only offer pupillage to those that we feel are potential tenants. We therefore set high standards and apply a rigorous selection process.
We will advertise for any pupillage and invite candidates to complete an application form.
Application forms are then considered by the recruitment committee and we may invite you to a long-list interview. This will include several members of Chambers and will be of a general nature.
If successful, you will be invited to a final round interview with the full recruitment committee. You will be required to complete a written piece of work in advance and perform a conference and advocacy exercise.
Successful candidates will be informed shortly thereafter.
What award is offered?
We review our reward before we advertise for any pupillage.
We are currently advertising for pupils to join our Chancery and/or Family law teams for 12 month pupillages beginning in May 2018 and October 2018. Successful candidates will be able to choose whether to experience just Chancery work, just Family work, or a mixture of both.
Applications should be made by application form which can be downloaded from the following link (Pupillage Application Form). Postal applications should be sent to Chambers, addressed to the Pupillage Committee; e-mail applications should be sent to email@example.com.
The deadline for applications is 4pm on Thursday February 15th 2018. We aim to make offers by the end of March 2018.
Chambers welcomes applications for third six pupillages from pupils who have completed a pupillage in one or more of our areas of expertise or who can otherwise demonstrate suitability.
Many Members of Chambers first came to us as third six pupils and have been able to build on the training and support we have provided to prosper.
Specific vacancies will be advertised from time to time, although speculative applications from strong applicants will always be considered.
Please contact Alister Williams in the first instance.
We offer an attractive and supportive environment to develop your practice, and in recent years we have recruited both silks and junior barristers from other leading sets.
We are always interested to hear from practitioners who specialise in our practice areas and who feel they can contribute to our success and who share our principles.
Tenants have the benefit of a highly recommended clerking team, established clients and have access to a well-resourced library including many online materials. Members can choose to be based in Chichester or Southampton, whilst we also support members who choose to work remotely.
Before applying, please contact Alister Williams for an informal, confidential discussion.
Any application will be considered by the recruitment committee and will be treated in the strictest confidence. If an application is of interest, we will contact the applicant to explain the next steps.
Our success depends on our staff. We offer a fast-paced, challenging but friendly environment, and we are committed to supporting and developing our people.
Specific vacancies will be advertised.