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 2018 through the Pupillage Gateway. First Round interviews will take place on Saturday 1st April 2017, Final interviews will take place on Saturday 22nd April 2017.
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.
You can download full details of our pupillage policy here: click here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 2017 for 1 March 2017 to 31 May 2017
By 30 April 2017 for 1 June 2017 to 31 August 2017
By 31 July 2017 for 1 September 2017 to 30 November 2017
By 31 October 2017 for 1 December 2017 to 28 February 2018