“Nottingham-based family law specialists with a strong and deep bench of distinguished tenants capable of handling a wide range of issues. The set is especially well known for its ability in matrimonial finance work and is regularly instructed in complex financial and high net worth mandates, including cases involving family businesses and agricultural interests. The set also impresses in children law matters, and often handles the most challenging and severe cases of abuse, injury, fabricated illness and child death.” Chambers & Partners Guide to the Bar
"Well-organised, helpful clerks who play a crucial role.” Chambers & Partners Guide to the Bar
“The ‘highly recommended’ St Mary’s Chambers focuses purely on family law. Members predominantly receive instructions in public law children cases involving non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse and mental health issues, but some also have considerable experience in financial remedy and TOLATA cases.” The Legal 500
St Mary’s Chambers is widely recognised as having one of the leading teams of family law barristers outside of London. Chambers, a national specialist in family law, is well known for its friendly and welcoming reputation. Our members are instructed in the most complex financial remedy and children cases and appear at all levels of the Family Court.
Chambers is thriving, and we are looking for the best to join our ranks.
In order to satisfy the significant growth in our work, St Mary’s Chambers is aiming to recruit up to four highly able pupils for commencement in dates throughout 2020-2021. A reserve list of candidates will be made where the quality of candidates justify it.
Pupils will be in Court throughout their pupillage. You will be supported and mentored by members of Chambers and benefit from our pro-active support of your professional development. Alongside a pupil supervisor you will be allocated a more junior ‘buddy’ who will offer more informal support. We expect pupils to have very busy practices in their 2nd Six.
Chambers guarantees earnings of £18,000 p.a. (£9,000 in each period of six months). Pupils in their 2nd Six earn on average in excess of £25,000 and our first year tenants earn on average in excess of £65,000. Nil expenses are charged on second six pupil receipts, which means all receipts during the six months are the pupil’s exclusively. Chambers charges a modest and highly competitive rate of expenses of 13% to all first year tenants from pupillage. Whilst we expect high standards throughout pupillage, all offers of pupillage are made with the intention that pupil will become a tenant on successfully completing pupillage.
Who Should Apply?
We are looking for the very best candidates, especially those prepared to make a commitment to a career on the Midland Circuit. The minimum degree requirement is a 2.1. The minimum BTPC requirement is a Very Competent. Chambers welcomes applications from candidates who have not completed their degree, GDL or BPTC studies. Pupillage will be offered to candidates in these circumstances on condition they meet these minimum requirements.
We recognise the further strides the Bar needs to take in becoming a more diverse profession. Chambers takes its commitment to equality and diversity very seriously. Chambers operates an equal opportunities recruitment policy and encourages applications from candidates from all backgrounds regardless of age, gender, race, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or disability. We especially welcome applications from those presently under-represented within the profession and we apply an equal opportunities tie breaker under the Equality Act 2010 where two candidates of equal merit are scored equally. We never recruit less qualified candidates over more qualified candidates.
You can find information about how we mark application forms here.
First round interviews will take place on Saturday 2nd March and the final round interview will take place on Saturday 27th April. It is important you note these dates at this point.
As well as attracting applications from established practitioners, we also seek to develop the next generation of family lawyers. We invest a great deal of time and effort in supporting our pupils through the training process, so all pupillages are offered on the basis that a tenancy will be available if they are satisfactorily completed.
Pupils are mentored throughout their time with us by three different supervisors, making sure they have access to a wide range of work and styles of advocacy. Supervisors also encourage their pupils to attend court and complete paperwork for other members of chambers. This ensures that future barristers fully immerse themselves in the St. Mary’s culture and understand our approach to providing legal services and client care.
We are currently accepting applications for pupillage in 2019 through the Pupillage Gateway.
We have a long-term recruitment policy which aims to improve the current range of services and choice of barristers available to our clients. We are therefore seeking applications from specialist family barristers of the highest calibre.
We offer an extremely competitive rent structure, which includes a package of reduced rent for the first six months. While we are based in the Midlands, today’s technology and highly efficient administration mean that our barristers do not need to live in close proximity to chambers.
Applications are welcomed from practitioners at all levels of call who would like to further their career in family law. Please send a written application (marked Recruitment) along with your CV to our Senior Clerk, Scott Baldwin.
If you would like an informal chat about joining us you can speak to Scott by calling 0115 943 7180. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
At St. Mary’s Chambers, we offer up to 24 mini-pupillages per year. Each one lasts for a maximum of three days and they are not formally assessed.
During your mini-pupillage, you can expect to accompany members of chambers to court, be present during conferences and assist with research where appropriate. You will have the opportunity to meet members of chambers and have your questions answered. Attendance at court or a conference will always be subject to the wishes of the barrister’s client, as well as the court’s discretion.
You can apply for a mini-pupillage by emailing your CV and covering letter to email@example.com. The subject of your email should state clearly ‘Mini-pupillage application – FAO Miriam Yafai’.
Your application should detail the dates you are available within that period. However, St Mary’s Chambers cannot guarantee it will be able to offer a place to a successful applicant for the dates in their application. Where it is not possible to find suitable dates the mini-pupillage will be re-offered to any shortlisted candidate.
St Mary’s Chambers receives far more applications for mini-pupillages than it has spaces. In recent years demand has been strong. Accordingly, a candidate who is unsuccessful with their application will not be eligible for a mini-pupillage at St Mary’s Chambers until 12 months have elapsed since their last application. You are therefore encouraged to apply when your application will be strongest.
Applications will be considered on merit. Preference will be given to candidates expressing a genuine interest in pursuing a career at the Bar and specifically within the field of family law. Those applicants who have already completed the second year of a law degree or the third year of a non-law degree will be given priority.
It is important that applicants who are still completing a particular course should specify their marks on that course to date. For example; a student in the last year of their law degree should give a breakdown of the previous two years’ results, and a student on the GDL should provide the overall result of their first degree and a breakdown of their GDL marks to date. Applicants who do not do this are unlikely to be successful with their application.
Applications are considered quarterly by a member of our pupillage committee. The application windows for the coming year are:
By 31 January for 1 March to 31 May
By 30 April for 1 June to 31 August
By 31 July for 1 September to 30 November
By 31 October for 1 December to 28 February