Pupillage & Recruitment

Legal 500 – ‘Chambers is well known for public law children work, particularly highly sensitive and difficult cases, but counsel are also adept at handling financial remedy cases. Court of Protection cases are an increasing source of work.’

Following continuing increases in the volumes of work across Yorkshire and the Humber, applications are invited from Barristers wishing to practice in the areas of Family and Public Law.
3rd Six applications would also be positively encouraged.

If you are looking to move to a supportive, dynamic and progressive team environment with a competitive expenses structure offering a flexibility of work, backed up by first class Clerking, Administrative and Business Development support in a vibrant city, then we would be keen to hear from you.

For an informal discussion please contact Sarah Blackmore, Jacqui Thomas or Leigh Royall.

Applications from established practitioners looking to develop their practice in a progressive set are always welcome. All such applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Formal applications, comprising a covering letter and CV should be made in writing to the Senior Clerk and marked “Private & Confidential”

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Chambers invite applications from those candidates who are to commence the Bar’s professional training course in September 2022 for a 12-month pupillage commencing in September 2023.

Submission Deadlines

The application window is now closed for September 2023 pupillage.

Spire Barristers are following the same timetable as the Pupillage Gateway. For reference the main dates are:

1. Please note that applications will only be considered for applicants who are to commence the Bar’s professional training course in September 2022.

2. Complete the application form and save it as a PDF document. If you want to password protect your application form, please do so.

3. Email your application to applications@spirebarristers.co.uk. Remember to send a second email with your name and document password if you have chosen this protection.

Download the application form for Pupillage Commencing 2023: Word version | PDF version

Training Programme

During the training course year, the successful candidate will receive mentoring and support from chambers, will be invited to chambers events and will be encouraged to make major contributions to chambers online Family and Court of Protection Newsletters.

Our specialist and bespoke pupillage training programme is designed to ensure that by the end of their training, chambers’ pupils are able to securely satisfy all the competencies set out in the Bar Professional Statement, such that on commencement of pupillage itself our pupils work with a wide range of practitioners, so that they can be assessed widely across chambers, whilst being allocated one overall pupil supervisor.

The training and opportunities provided are of the highest quality, which ensures that pupils may move seamlessly into tenancy with busy and successful practices; having been nurtured in a warm and welcoming chambers’ environment. All pupils have access to the best specialist clerking services to ensure the right exposure to instructing solicitors, as well as full administrative support. Follow this link to view or download our Pupillage brochure for recruitment in 2022, pupillage to start 2023:

Download Pupillage 2022 Booklet

We recruit pupils on the merit of their application, including relevant life experiences rather than simply focussing on academic achievement. We believe there is more to a good pupil than simply their undergraduate grades. That said, when the time comes, there is still a requirement that that on completion of the vocational stage of training (BTC/BPC), a grade equivalent to “Very Competent” must be achieved.

The successful candidate will have demonstrably good communication skills, a commitment to their development as an outstanding advocate as well as a commitment to the independent bar and in particular the Family and Public Law bar throughout Leeds, Yorkshire & the North Eastern Circuit. They will also have an ability to engage well with clients, members of chambers and the clerks.

Our pupils are remunerated in line with the Bar Council’s policies.

Download the application form for Pupillage Commencing 2023: Word version | PDF version

Application Questions

What attributes do you possess that are required of the Family and/or Public Law barrister?

Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? In your answer, please identify any relevant experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career.

Why do you want to join our chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice.

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Chambers offers 3 mini-pupillages per year, each of between 3 – 5 days duration, which take place in May, June and the first two weeks of July.

Applications for mini-pupillage are accepted between the 1st September and 30th November each year for placements the following spring/early summer.

Candidates are invited, (during the application window) to send their CV and covering letter by e-mail to Sarah Blackmore, Director of Pupil Training: pupillages@spirebarristers.co.uk

Selection takes place in January and candidates will be notified shortly thereafter as to the outcome of their application.

Candidates should note that a decision will be made as to whether mini-pupillages in 2021 are undertaken “virtually” or “in-person” nearer to the time of the mini-pupillage due to the rapidly changing picture brought about by COVID-19.

In addition, chambers is a Partner Chambers with the Pegasus Access Scheme, and is proud to offer an additional mini-pupillage to a candidate selected through this scheme.

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