Applications for Pupillage commencing in 2017 open on Friday 8 January 2016.
Please note that the proposed date for Stage 2 interviews has been changed from 7–18 March to 21–31 March. This change is due to the professional commitments of members of the Pupillage Committee earlier in March 2016.
12-month pupillage for 2017-2018
Number of pupillages: up to two
Awards available: yes
Financial support level: £47,500.00 (£12,500.00 of which can be drawn down during the BPTC year)
Closing date: 4pm on Friday 5 February 2016
Pupillage start date: September 2017
Pupillage type: 12 month pupillage
The majority of our work is property. In addition, Chambers has a significant amount of private client, business & commercial and employment work.
Chambers adopts a pro-active and involved approach to pupillage, taking on up to two pupils every year with a view to eventual tenancy. Our policy is only to recruit those we consider to be potential future tenants. It is unusual for us to recruit junior tenants who have not completed six months’ pupillage in Chambers.
Pupillage at Tanfield is divided into three periods of four months each with different pupil supervisors. The aim is to introduce pupils to each of the core practice areas in Chambers, giving them experience of court work and the opportunity to work with as many members of Chambers as possible. During their second six months, pupils can expect to be in court regularly. Their work will consist mainly of possession claims and interim applications. Other likely work could include small claim trials, fast track trials and tribunal work. Chambers offers up to two 12-month pupillages. The current level of award for each pupil is £47,500.00, half of which is by way of guaranteed earnings during the second six months. Up to £12,500.00 of the award can be drawn down during the BPTC year.
Candidates are expected to have a first class or good second class degree. A lower degree result will be considered in exceptional circumstances. We are also looking for evidence of analytical thinking, effective communication skills and the ability to influence and persuade. Successful candidates will have to show strong interpersonal skills, resilience, drive, determination and motivation.
If you would like to apply for pupillage at Tanfield Chambers for the pupillage year 2017-2018, please download the following documents and follow the instructions to complete and submit your application.
Pupillage Application Form
Diversity Monitoring Form
Third-six pupillages and mini-pupillages
In addition to twelve-month pupillages, we usually look to recruit an additional number of third-six pupils. We also have an active programme of mini-pupillage during vacation periods, encouraging those with an interest in chambers - or those contemplating a career at the Bar - to gain experience in an informal way.
For further information, please see details below
We are always looking for high-calibre practitioners to join one of our practice groups.
At Tanfield, barristers have the opportunity to build their practice in a friendly, dynamic and team-focused environment. Chambers is open to flexible working and has a generous Parental Leave policy. Chambers also offers the chance to share ownership of the freehold building from which we practise and a rent structure which reflects its out-of-Inn location.
Please send applications to Gerald Wilson Chair of the Recruitment Committee. All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.
Tanfield Chambers is a firm believer in equal opportunities and we consider all applications for pupillage, tenancy or administrative positions on merit - regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, beliefs or disability.