Pupillage

We are offering up to 2 twelve-month pupillages starting in September 2022.   Generally our pupils’ applications for tenancy are successful.

Applications open at 11:00am on Monday 4 January. To apply, please fill out the application form and send it as a Word document to pupillage22@fieldcourt.co.uk.

The application timetable is set out below. If you have any problems submitting your application, please contact Holly Savell: holly.savell@fieldcourt.co.uk.

DETAILS OF PUPILLAGE

Financial support

Our successful 2022 pupils will receive a total of £40,000 (comprising a £20,000 grant and guaranteed earnings of £20,000 in the second six).  The grant is paid in the non-practising first six so it has the benefit of being tax-free (on HMRC’s current approach).  In the second six chambers will ensure its pupils receive the minimum monthly amount (“MMA” – currently £1580) prescribed by the Bar Services Board.  This means that if the pupil’s receipts in any month in the practising period are less than the MMA, chambers will top up the shortfall.  If the pupil’s earnings in the second six exceed £20,000 (as they should) any MMA top ups paid by chambers will be recouped from the excess.

How is our pupillage structured?

Pupillage will be divided into 3 or 4 seats. During pupillage pupils will gain experience in all our main practice areas.  Where possible, we try to accommodate pupils’ requests for a seat in a specific area of work. Second six pupils can expect to be in court regularly.   The bulk of our work is in London and the South-East.

Our areas of practice

Our barristers undertake a wide range of work that can be broadly categorised as:

  • Business: commercial & company including insolvency, intellectual property/media and professional negligence
  • 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
  • Housing: possession and eviction, homelessness, allocations and Judicial Review, anti-social behaviour, disrepair and service charges and housing policy and regulation
  • Property: all areas including landlord and tenant, real property, trusts of land, probate, succession & inheritance matters
  • Public law & Court of Protection: Court of Protection, election law, inquests & inquiries, Judicial Review, local government and community care.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR IN A PUPIL?

Academic and intellectual ability: You must be able to demonstrate a high standard of intellectual ability (4 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: You must be able to show you can master a brief quickly, think on your feet and argue persuasively.

Motivation and determination: You need to be motivated, resilient and determined to succeed as a self-employed professional.

Interpersonal skills: You must be able to understand and address clients’ and solicitors’ needs and concerns and work effectively in a team.

Initiative:  You need to show initiative to solve problems.

Evidence of relevant legal work experience: You have to demonstrate you have experience of various legal environments whether through volunteering, work experience or paid employment.

Other skills, employment and achievements: We recognise there is no ‘one template’ for a barrister. We value experience within and outside the legal sector.

APPLICATION TIMETABLE

Monday 4 January 2021@11:00am to Monday 8 February 2021@11:00am: the window for applications.  NB the Bar Council has prescribed that no further applications or amendments to applications are allowed after the closure of the window.  You can email your application to us at pupillage22@fieldcourt.co.uk.  You will receive an automated acknowledgement.

Late February / March 2021: candidates will be contacted to arrange a time for an interview. If we have not contacted you on or before Friday 9 April 2021 to arrange a time for interview, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

April: Interviews (two round process).  Successful applicants will be invited for interview, at dates to be fixed, but probably in April 2021.  The first round will involve you being questioned by a panel of 3-5 members about a problem you will be given 30 minutes before your interview.  If you progress, the second round will comprise an advocacy exercise in which you will present an argument after having been provided with relevant materials 30 minutes beforehand, followed by general questions, before a similar panel.  Because of the uncertainty created by the pandemic, it is unknown whether the interviews will be conducted remotely (as they were this year) or in person.

Friday 7 May 2021@09:00am: offers of pupillage will be made.  Candidates are required to respond to the offer of pupillage within 7 days of the offer.   If the offer is accepted chambers and the prospective pupil must enter into a pupillage contract.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

We would appreciate it if each applicant completes the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form 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.

We are 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  expert advice on reasonable adjustments can be obtained from various sources including: