Pupillage

Landmark offers up to three London-based pupillages of twelve months duration each year, during which time our pupils benefit from high-quality and constructive training in all of Chambers’ complementary practice areas.

  • Structure of 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. 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 the pupil recruited to the property pupillage will be encouraged to take a fourth seat with one of the members of our Property Team.

    Throughout the year we will encourage you to work for a cross-section of Chambers’ members and we will arrange for our Silks to act as your satellite supervisors on a 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 overlap between its private law and public law practices. In your second six months you will also be offered opportunities to appear in court on your own account, usually in the County Court or First-Tier Tribunal.

    We are committed to providing our pupils with high-quality and constructive training. To that end, you will receive regular feedback from your pupil supervisors and, at the end of the first and third seats, you will be invited to participate in formal feedback sessions with the Chair and Secretaries of our Pupillage Committee. Finally, our pupils participate in, and receive feedback in relation to, three written and one oral advocacy assessment during their pupillage year.

    The tenancy decision is taken on individual merit and is usually made after the first three seats of pupillage. Having taken on seven of nine pupils across the past three years, we have an excellent retention rate. However, if we are not able to offer you tenancy at the end of your pupillage, we have a good record of assisting our former pupils in finding third six pupillages or tenancies elsewhere.

  • Pupillage Applications: Frequently Asked Questions :

    How many pupillage places are available each year?

    We offer up to three 12-month pupillages per year: one property pupillage and up to two pupillages for those who have a particular interest in at least one of Landmark’s other practice areas.  We offer pupillages to those applicants who we believe have a realistic prospect of achieving a tenancy with us.  Importantly, our pupils are not in competition with one another for a tenancy but are assessed solely on their own abilities and performance.

    What financial support is available?

    We offer a pupillage award of £65,000 per year per pupil, which will be paid in equal monthly instalments.  This includes an optional £25,000 drawdown, which may be used during the year preceding the start of pupillage.  Chambers also funds pupils’ attendance at multiple external training events throughout their pupillage year, including the compulsory courses required of pupils by the Bar Standards Board and the Inns of Court.

    What pastoral care does Landmark offer?

    All pupils are supported by a supervisor, as managed by the Pupillage Committee, which is made up of a cross-section of Chambers’ membership.  In addition, pupils may be assigned a Silk for more complex cases.  Landmark’s independent mentoring programme ensures that pupils have more informal support that covers technical, pastoral and career areas separate from their supervisor.

    What other resources are available?

    Chambers is fully serviced with strong departments in administration, HR, marketing, finance, IT and practice management.  All are accessible to support pupils in any way that they can.  Pupils are introduced to all departments during their induction.  Chambers has a library over several floors, which pupils have free access to.  Pupils are also able to access the various subscriptions (e.g. Westlaw, Lexis Nexis).  Pupils will be trained to use the LEX calendar system to help them manage their diaries and keep up to date with that of their supervisor and other members as appropriate.

    How do I apply?

    Landmark participates in the Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway system. All applications must be made through this online system.

    What is Landmark’s selection procedure?

    Landmark is committed to the furtherance of equality and diversity at the Bar.  We take great care in our selection process to identify candidates whom we believe have a realistic prospect of undertaking a successful pupillage with us.  The first selection stage involves a careful review of your application by three members of Chambers.  Each member makes an independent assessment, with reference to the Chambers’ selection criteria and in line with Landmark’s Equality and Diversity Policy, to decide whether you should go through to the second stage.  All application forms are redacted to remove all personally identifiable information as well as equality and diversity data (including age, gender, ethnicity, religion and disability) prior to being viewed by a marker.  This policy has been introduced to remove unconscious bias and promote equality in the application process.

    The second stage is a one hour written assessment, for which no preparation is required.  If your assessment is successful, you will then be invited for an interview, which forms the final stage of the application process.  The interview panel will comprise Landmark’s Chief Executive and members of Chambers from a cross-section of seniority.

    Offers of pupillage are made to successful candidates chosen on the basis of their application form, assessment score and performance at interview.

    Is there a requirement for candidates to have undertaken a mini-pupillage at Landmark?

    Our mini-pupillages are designed to provide students with valuable insight into the realities of life at the Bar and improve understanding of how our areas of expertise operate in practice.  We do not assess our mini-pupils in any way and our placements do not form part of our selection process for pupillage.  Further information regarding our mini-pupillage programme may be found here.

    What are the key dates for the application process?

    January 2021 – Stage One: applications may be made through the Pupillage Gateway
    February 2021 – The Pupillage Gateway application window closes
    March 2021 – Stage Two: Landmark shortlisting process and first round assessments
    April 2021 – Stage Three: Landmark first and second interviews
    May 2021 – Offers of pupillage for October 2022.

    Following a review of all applications, we contact all candidates, either to invite them to sit an assessment or to inform them that their application has been unsuccessful.

    In summary, what are the equality and diversity policies at Landmark?

    We are committed to actively improving equality and diversity at all levels at the Bar. We recognise the under-representation of women, black and ethnic minority groups and the LGBTQ+ community both in Chambers and in the Bar more widely.  We wish to recruit the best people from the widest possible group of talent.  Equality of opportunity is essential for the maintenance of high standards and the provision of the highest quality service to clients.  We have comprehensive and robust policies and procedures in place to ensure that there is no discrimination against prospective pupils, pupils, members, clients, or staff on grounds of gender, race, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or belief.  Chambers’ full equality and diversity policy may be found here.

    Pupillage contact details

    If you have any questions about the application process, please email: pupillage@landmarkchambers.co.uk

  • Making an Application :

    Landmark Chambers participates in the Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway system.  If you wish to apply to undertake a pupillage in our Chambers, please note the timetable below:

    January 2021 – Stage One: applications may be made through the Pupillage Gateway
    February 2021 – The Pupillage Gateway application window closes
    March 2021 – Stage Two: Landmark shortlisting process and first round assessments
    April 2021 – Stage Three: Landmark first and second interviews
    May 2021 – Offers of pupillage for October 2022.

    If you have any questions about the application process, please email: pupillage@landmarkchambers.co.uk


    Privacy Policy

    Landmark respects your privacy and seeks to protect your personal data. Our Employee, Mini Pupil and Candidate Data Protection Policy describes how we gather and use your data when you make an application to Chambers. Landmark’s general Privacy Policy can be found here.

  • Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing :

    Chambers is committed to the furtherance of equality and diversity at the Bar. We are an equal opportunities employer and run a number of initiatives designed to promote equality, diversity and wellbeing. To find out more and read about why Landmark has recently been awarded a Wellbeing at the Bar Certificate of Recognition from the Bar Council, please visit our Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing page.

The Landmark Chambers’ Pupillage brochure may be accessed here.

To provide our candidates with further information about Landmark’s areas of expertise and pupillage programme, a number of our members have contributed to the four videos shown below. Each video covers a range of topics, including the recommendations that we have for making the most out of your pupillage application and building your practice, what everyday life is like as a specialist practitioner, and the most interesting cases that our pupil barristers, junior Counsel and Silks have worked on.

 

 

 

 

“Landmark really cares about their pupils, and that’s what makes their pupillage such fantastic preparation for tenancy”.

Matthew Fraser, Junior Counsel

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