Recruitment

Pupillage

Chambers is currently taking applications for pupillage. The pupillage advertised will commence in September 2021.

Chavasse Court Chambers has an excellent reputation as a busy and strong set of chambers with formidable advocacy experience in defending and prosecuting serious crime. We have outstanding clerks who have built long standing working relationships with many local solicitors and beyond.

Pupils will accordingly be given the platform to forge a busy and successful practice at the Criminal Bar. We are known for our down to earth approach with clients and solicitors.

We are seeking a well-rounded candidate with excellent interpersonal and advocacy skills. We encourage applications from any candidate who is determined to succeed at the Criminal Bar regardless of their background. Applications will be judged on merit. There is no minimum academic requirement.

Pupillage is offered with a view to tenancy and therefore significant time and commitment is invested in pupils to ensure they are supported, promoted and encouraged to succeed.

The pupillage award will take the form of a grant for the first six months of pupillage, which meets the minimum award as specified annually by the Bar Council (including travel expenses from chambers to court) and guaranteed earnings during the second six months. Historically most pupils usually exceed the guaranteed earnings level.

Application Process

1. Application is by way of Curriculum Vitae and a one page covering letter which should be emailed to pupillage@chavassechambers.co.uk.

2. The application should be accompanied by a completed Diversity Data monitoring form, which can be downloaded from the pupillage section on our website. The form will be kept separate and will not feature in any decision to interview or recruit.

3. The application email should be headed: “Candidate’s SURNAME First Name – Pupillage Application.”

4. The application email should have 3 attachments:

4.1 Letter (File Name: “Candidate’s SURNAME, first name - Letter”)
4.2 CV (File Name: “Candidate’s SURNAME First Name - CV”)
4.3 Diversity Monitoring Form (File Name: “Candidate’s Initials, Diversity Monitoring Form”)

5. Applications not sent in the correct format, as stated above, may not be considered.

6. The deadline for applications will follow that set down in the Pupillage Gateway, opening at 11am on Monday 4th January and closing at 11am on Monday 8th February 2021.

7. Chambers has two rounds of interviews, which will be held in March/April 2021. The second round of interviews will include an advocacy exercise. All candidates will be assessed against agreed selection criteria.

8. Offers will be made on 7th May 2021.

9. Applications are first considered and graded to enable a shortlist to be drawn up. The selection of the shortlist is decided at a meeting of those who have graded the applications, including the Head of Pupillage (who also attends the final interviews), and is monitored for
compliance with our Equality & Diversity code.

10. The final interviews are conducted by a panel, consisting of a number of Members of Chambers of varying seniority in accordance with the timetable established by the Pupillage Gateway Scheme. All candidates will be assessed against the agreed selection criteria and in comparison with other applicants.

11. Chambers is an equal opportunities employer and will endeavour to accommodate any requests for special requirements.

 

How to apply

Application is by way of Curriculum Vitae and a one page covering letter which should be emailed to pupillage@chavassechambers.co.uk. Please see the "Description" above for further information.

Below is the Equality and Diversity Form for candidates to fill in when applying for pupillage at Chambers. This should be attached to the candidate's application email.

Third-Six Pupillage

Chambers is currently accepting applications for a third-six pupil. We are seeking a well-rounded candidate with excellent interpersonal and advocacy skills. Experience practising in crime is essential. Applicants will be allocated a mentor/supervisor for the six-month period.

Applications for tenancy will be considered after the six-month period.

Application Process:

1. Application is by way of Curriculum Vitae and a one page covering letter which should be emailed to pupillage@chavassechambers.co.uk.

2. The application should be accompanied by a completed Diversity Data monitoring form, which can be downloaded from the pupillage section on our website. The form will be kept separate and will not feature in any decision to interview or recruit.

3. The application email should be headed: “Candidate’s SURNAME, First Name – Third Six Application.”

4. The application email should have 3 attachments:

      4.1 Letter (File Name: “Candidate’s SURNAME, first name - Letter”)

      4.2 CV (File Name: “Candidate’s SURNAME, first Name - CV”) 4.3 Diversity Monitoring Form (File Name: “Candidate’s Initials, Diversity

      Monitoring Form”)

5. Applications not sent in the correct format, as stated above, may not be considered. 6. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence

Mini-Pupillage

A mini-pupillage is an opportunity to experience life at the bar and in chambers, by shadowing one of our barristers. Chambers typically offers mini-pupillage for one day only, and welcomes applications from those wishing to pursue a career at the bar. Applications should be by way of a CV and Cover Letter, addressed to Mr Michael Bagley, Head of Chambers.

Tenancy

Chambers welcomes applications for tenancy from experienced practitioners. All applications should be addressed to the Head of Chambers, Mr Michael Bagley. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.