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Pupillage Recruitment Procedure

Overview

Landmark Chambers offers up to two pupillages a year, each of 12 months duration. From December 2016 onwards we will be running a staggered recruitment process:

1. Phase 1 – applications outside of the Pupillage Gateway  for Pupillage beginning in September 2019 

The first phase of recruitment is for candidates who have a particular interest in Property Law.  

Recruitment will take place between November 2017 and February 2018. We will be accepting applications for up to one pupillage during this phase. Applications are made using our online recruitment portal which will be open from Wednesday 1 November 2017, and must be made by 16:00 on Friday 22 December 2017.

Applicants in this phase are expected to demonstrate an interest in developing a significant Property or Property-related practice at the Bar. 

2. Phase 2 – applications through the Pupillage Gateway for Pupillage beginning in September 2019 

The second phase of the process is for all candidates.

The second phase will take place between January 2018 and May 2018 through the Pupillage Gateway. We will be accepting applications for up to two pupillages during this phase.

Applicants in this phase are expected to demonstrate that they have a particular interest in at least one of Landmark’s practice areas.

If you have any questions about either phase of the application process please contact our HR and Administration Manager, Carolyn Entwistle, at pupillage@landmarkchambers.co.uk

Training and assessment during pupillage

The pupillage year is divided into four seats of three months each. During the first three seats, we offer our pupils experience in all of Chambers’ complementary practice areas (planning and environment, property and public law). For the final seat each pupil is given an opportunity to express a preference as to the practice area in which they are interested in receiving further training, and a pupil recruited via Phase 1 will be encouraged to take a fourth seat with one of the members of our Property team.

We are committed to providing our pupils with high quality, relevant and constructive training. To that end you will receive regular individual feedback from your pupil supervisors, as well as formal feedback sessions from the Chair of the Pupillage Committee after three and six months. During the year there are four formal assessments – three written and one oral – and you will receive feedback on your performance in each of them.  

Throughout the year we will encourage you to work for other members of Chambers and we will arrange for you to work with a silk or senior junior on more complex cases. This will allow you to see a wide variety of work and take advantage of Landmark’s unique position as a leading specialist set, with significant cross-over between its private law and public law practice areas.

In your second six months you will also be offered opportunities to appear in court on your own account, usually in the County Court on small applications.

The tenancy decision is taken on individual merit and is usually made after the first three seats of pupillage.   If we are not able to offer you a tenancy, we have a good record of helping our former pupils to find third six pupillages or tenancies elsewhere. 

Funding and awards

Landmark offers a pupillage award of £65,000 to all pupils in Chambers. Up to £25,000 of the award may be drawn down in advance. The balance of the award is paid by instalments, monthly in advance. We also fund the compulsory courses required of pupils by the Bar Standards Board.

Equality and Diversity 

We encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or belief, or disability.

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