Tenancy

Opportunities for practitioners

Job Title:

Tenant (self-employed barrister)

Summary of Position, and main roles and responsibilities:
Due to recent expansion and a number of panel appointments, chambers is seeking to recruit up to three junior tenants to undertake junior work as a barrister across a range of Chambers’ practice areas.

These are self-employed, junior positions, for those who are due to complete pupillage by 31 October 2017 and/or have up to one year’s professional experience following completion of pupillage.

There is scope for the successful candidates to develop a self-employed practice in a field to suit their interests and experience. Due to the volume of junior work in particular areas, however, there is a need and expectation for the successful candidates to undertake work in the following fields:

  • Family law, including public and private children proceedings, financial remedies and applications under the Family Law Act 1996
  • Public law, including Court of Protection work, community care, support under Part III Children Act 1989, and age assessment judicial reviews
  • General civil law, including: property and trusts, landlord and tenant, personal injury, employment, insolvency, and commercial

Person Specification

Academic and professional qualifications

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. Candidates must have:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 (or equivalent) in their undergraduate degree
  • Completed the bar professional training course or be exempt from completing the same
  • A valid practising certificate for England and Wales

Professional Experience

  • Candidates must have completed pupillage in England or Wales, or be due to complete the same by 31 October 2017
  • We are recruiting for tenants to undertake work at the very junior end. Candidates must have between 0 and no more than 1 year’s professional experience following completion of pupillage
  • Due to a high volume of work at the junior end in particular areas, candidates must have professional experience (gained either during pupillage, or post-pupillage professional work at the bar) of the following areas:
  • Family law, including public and private law children proceedings; work for local authorities; financial remedies; and applications under the Family Law Act 1996.
  • Public law, including Court of Protection work, community care, support under Part III Children Act 1989, and judicial review
  • General civil law, including: property and trusts, landlord and tenant, personal injury, employment, insolvency, and commercial


Evidence of oral and written advocacy skills

  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate an outstanding ability to master a brief quickly, argue their corner persuasively and think on their feet

Ability to build a self-employed practice

  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate:
    • outstanding motivation, commercial awareness, strength of character, resilience and determination to succeed at the self-employed bar
    • (with reference to their pupillage and/or post-pupillage professional practice) an outstanding ability to build and maintain professional contacts and grow a practice at the junior bar
    • a determination to succeed in our Chambers.

Interpersonal skills

  • Candidates must be able to understand and address clients’ and solicitors’ needs and work effectively in a team

Location of vacancy
The successful candidates will be based in London, but can expect to travel within the South-Eastern Circuit and beyond.

Expected Income
These are a self-employed positions and the successful candidates would be responsible for their own working hours and gross income. However, recent history and our projected workload suggests that new tenants working full time can expect to generate a gross income in excess of £40,000 per year.

Method of Application
Applications should be by way of covering letter and CV, addressed to Delia Lees-Buckley, sent either by post to Field Court Chambers, 5 Field Court, Gray’s Inn, London, WC1R 5EF or by email to delia.lees-buckley@fieldcourt.co.uk

Candidates must also supply:

  • five samples of written work, appropriately redacted
  • contact details, including phone number and email address, for two referees

Closing Date
The deadline for applications is 4pm on 29 September 2017 

Interviews
After the deadline, candidates will be short-listed for interview. Successful candidates will be notified by email and/or telephone. Candidates should therefore supply up-to-date details for email or phone accounts that they check regularly.

Interviews will be held on 9th and 10th October 2017. It is essential that candidates are available for interview on one of these days.