Recruitment

 

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

About Us

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.

The Positions

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.

Further Information

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.