Third Six Pupillage
In order to support our thriving and rapidly growing workload, St Mary’s Chambers is looking to recruit at least one highly able third six pupil with particular aptitude in either of Chambers’ main practice areas of financial remedies or children law.
Aptitude for financial remedy work is highly desirable.
During your third six you can expect to be in Court regularly. You will be supported and mentored by members of Chambers and benefit from our pro-active support of your professional development. Alongside a more senior mentor you will be allocated a more junior ‘buddy’ who will offer more informal support.
All offers of third six pupillage are made with the intention that pupil will become a tenant at the end of their third six. All seven pupils in the last five years have become tenants on completion of their pupillages.
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Applications should be made by CV and covering letter emailed to Chambers’ Senior Clerk, Scott Baldwin. The covering letter should be limited to addressing each of the following competencies in no more than 200 words per competency. You should cite specific examples from your work to evidence how you demonstrate each competency, with a particular focus on what you did:
- Effective communication skills – demonstrates an ability to communicate in a way which is clear, focused, effective in achieving its aim, varies according to the circumstances in which the communication takes place.
- Persuasiveness – demonstrates high standards of persuasive oral and written advocacy to effectively present or advance their clients’ interests.
- Efficient workload management – demonstrates an ability to effectively and efficiently manage the demanding workload of a barrister, is able to prioritise tasks and meet client needs.
- Sound judgment – demonstrates an ability to provide pragmatic and sensible advice, takes a pragmatic and sensible approach to the presentation of their clients’ cases.
- Ability to empathise / effective rapport building / interpersonal skills – demonstrates an ability to engage with a diverse profile of clients, is aware of and sensitive to different cultural issues.
- Team working abilities – demonstrates an ability to be an effective and contributing member of chambers’ community.
Please also submit two examples of written work you consider best demonstrate your abilities.
You should provide the names and contact details of two individuals who can provide a reference against these competencies. One should be your last pupil supervisor.
The deadline for submitting applications is 5th October 2018. Interviews will take place in Chambers at mutually convenient times during October 2018 and we expect all candidates will be advised of the outcome of their applications by the end of that month.
Applications will be considered in confidence and if you wish to discuss your application in advance of making it, or visit Chambers, then please do not hesitate to contact Scott Baldwin.
Whilst third six pupillages are unfunded, there will be tremendous opportunities for career development and for significant earnings.
Nil expenses are charged on third six pupil receipts, which means all receipts during the six months are the pupil’s exclusively and Chambers charges a modest and highly competitive rate of expenses of 13% to all first year tenants from pupillage.
Pupils in their second six earn on average in excess of £25,000 and our first year tenants earn on average in excess of £65,000.
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.
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. First Round interviews will take place on Saturday 3rd March 2018, Final interviews will take place on Saturday 14th April 2018.
We are committed to equal opportunities recruitment and promoting a diverse profession. Where two or more candidates are equally qualified we will break that tie using the provisions of Part 11 of the Equality Act 2010. We will never select a less qualified candidate for pupillage over a more qualified candidate.
For more information please download our pupillage policy
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 Timothy Woods’.
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 has 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 2018 for 1 March 2018 to 31 May 2018
By 30 April 2018 for 1 June 2018 to 31 August 2018
By 31 July 2018 for 1 September 2018 to 30 November 2018
By 31 October 2018 for 1 December 2018 to 28 February 2019