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We are currently recruiting for Family (individuals and groups) and Civil (individual) tenants.

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. More detailed information about Chambers can be found in the Why join Pallant? document below.

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 tenancy opportunity with us, please contact Alister Williams in the first instance. If you would like to make contact about pupillage or mini pupillage please email Callum McLean.

Why Join Pallant?

Why Pallant?

The following link provides more information about the benefits of joining Pallant Chambers.

Do call Alister Williams if you would like any more information or have any questions about working life in Chambers.

Family Team Individual and Group tenancies

Following the appointment of Rosein Magee as a Circuit Judge and with the demand for our teams services constantly being above the supply we have been able to offer we are looking for individual and group applications to join our first class family team.

Tenants at Pallant have the benefit of a highly recommended (Legal 500) specialist clerking team, a large portfolio of established clients with high quality work 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 or Sarah Earley 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.

Family and Civil Pupillage 2022 / 2023

We are looking for two outstanding candidates to undertake pupillage with our Family and Civil teams.

Why us?

As one of the South’s leading sets we are consistently ranked as a leading Chambers in the Legal 500. This is testament to the quality of our work and the service we provide both for solicitors and lay clients.

We only recruit pupils who we believe will be offered tenancy and pride ourselves on retaining and developing our talent. Pupils work closely with their pupil supervisors and other members of Chambers, particularly those who are themselves new to their practice, 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 with a large amount of High Court work, including in London, Bristol and Birmingham, whilst living in the Sussex and Hampshire countryside.

What do we look for?

We recruit pupils who are capable of undertaking challenging and rewarding work and who possess strong written and oral advocacy skills. It is important to us that our pupils are personable, driven and committed to our principles and to developing their practice in 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, to draft pleadings and opinions and undertake practice advocacy exercises. Feedback is given on all of your written and advocacy 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, including adapting your pupillage to give you exposure to the particular areas of law in which you want to specialise.  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.

Application forms completed on the Pupillage Gateway are considered by the recruitment committee and suitable candidates invited for an initial interview.

Successful applicants will then be invited to a final round interview which will involve written and advocacy assessments.

The full selection process is set out in Chambers’ Pupillage Policy which can be found on our website in the “Policies and Procedures” section, a link to which can be found at the bottom of this page.

What award is offered?

Our current pupillage award is £25,000, comprising a £12,500 award in the first six, and £12,500 guaranteed earnings in the second six.  In practice our pupils almost always earn more than this as a result of the cases they do in their second six. Chambers also covers pupils’ travel expenses as it is required to by the BSB, so this award and a pupil’s earnings go that much further.

Without the expense of living in London and the added amenities of the South Coast, which include the rolling hills and woods of the South Downs, the beaches at the Witterings, and the vibrant city nightlife of Brighton and Southampton, this award and the addition of a pupil’s earnings allow for an unrivalled quality of life for our pupils.

A pupil’s view

Our most recent pupil, Hannah Martin, discusses her experience here.

Current opportunities

One 12 month pupillage with the Family team beginning in September 2022 or nearest mutually convenient date.

One 12 month pupillage with the Civil team beginning in September 2022 or nearest mutually convenient date.

Applications should be made on the Pupillage Gateway and in accordance with its deadlines.

Tom Worthen Memorial Student Award 2021

We have launched an annual essay competition in memory of Tom Worthen who was a much loved and well respected Chancery barrister at Pallant Chambers.

The competition is for all undergraduate and postgraduate law students, GDL students and BPTC students.

The entrant who writes the most effective and persuasive argument shall receive £500 cash, and a 3 day mini-pupillage with Pallant Chambers.

The deadline for submissions is 4pm on 31st December 2021.

Further details of how to enter can be found following this link.

More details about Tom can be found on this separate link.

Contract and Professional Liability Panel

Contract and Professional Liability Panel

Pallant Chambers are seeking Associate and Full tenants to join our Civil team, in particular to work with us on our substantial lending contract and negligence workflow.

We are creating a panel of 20 barristers who we expect to receive numerous well remunerated privately funded advisory instructions on a weekly basis.

We are looking for exceptional barristers who have been in practice at least 2 years and are familiar with contract disputes and professional liability matters.

Associate tenants joining the team can expect 1 to 2 days’ work a week and competitive terms.

Full Tenants join a flourishing, well clerked and specialist team operating out of Southampton or Chichester, and would of course (if they wished) also be able to accept instructions in Chambers’ other main areas, namely, property, probate and trust disputes.

Please apply by sending an email and brief practice CV to recruitment@pallantchambers.co.uk or awilliams@pallantchambers.co.uk or telephone Alister Wiiliams for more information.

 

 

 

Mini Pupillage

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.

You can view the feedback we have received post mini pupillage by following this link.

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 cmclean@pallantchambers.co.uk

Tenancy

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.

General Recruitment

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.