Pupillage

Field Court Chambers is offering 1 twelve-month pupillage commencing in September 2019.

The application form may be downloaded here:  Pupillage Application form 2019

DETAILS OF PUPILLAGE

Financial Support

Chambers 2019 pupillage attracts total funding of £33,000 comprising a grant of £20,000 and guaranteed earnings of £13,000 in the second six.  Recent history suggests that pupils can expect to earn more than this in their second six.

Pupillage structure

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.

Areas of Practice

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

  • Civil Law: a wide range of practice areas, in particular:
  • Commercial & company: including consumer credit, insolvency, intellectual property/media and professional negligence
  • Property: all areas including housing, landlord and tenant, real property, trusts of land, contentious probate & inheritance matters
  • Employment: including discrimination, unfair dismissal, contractual disputes, restrictive covenants and TUPE
  • Personal Injury
  • Public Law:Judicial Review, Local Government, Human Rights, Court of Protection, Community Care, Immigration
  • 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

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 TIMETABLE

8 January 2018 to 7 February 2018 candidates may submit applications to Chambers by email to pupillage19@fieldcourt.co.uk.  Applications will be acknowledged by automatic response.

Late February / early April 2018: candidates will be contacted to arrange a time for an interview.  If candidates have not been contacted by Chambers on or before 15 April 2018 in order to arrange a time for interview they should assume their application has not been successful.

April: Interviews.  The interviews will last approximately 45 minutes and will consist of 2 parts: a legal problem and a general interview.

3 May 2018: Interviewed candidates will be notified of the outcome.  Candidates are required to give their response to the offer of pupillage within 14 days of communication of the offer.

NB: If an offer of pupillage is made after an interview, Chambers and the prospective pupil must follow the protocol prescribed in the “Offers and Contract” section of the operative Pupillage handbook.  If the offer is accepted Chambers and the prospective pupil must enter into a pupillage contract.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

It would assist Chambers if each applicant could complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form which is included at the end of the pupillage application form. This form is not part of the application and will not be considered by those deciding on your application.

Chambers is committed to equal opportunities in all aspects of its work.

We support and promote equal opportunity and treatment for all, regardless of sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, religion, belief, or age.

In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 chambers will fully consider any request for reasonable adjustments.

Please note that expert advice on reasonable adjustments can be obtained from a number of sources including:

  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Relevant specialist charities such as RNIB, MIND etc
  • The Access to Work Programme