We are committed to a considered expansion of our Chambers, and have a policy of recruiting and training pupils with a view to them being taken on as tenants at the conclusion of their pupillage. The most important element of this process is to develop talented barristers from the start of their careers.
We usually offer two pupillages per year but we only recruit our pupils via the Pupillage Gateway.
Our pupillage training programme promotes support, equality and fairness. As a pupil in Chambers, you will have three pupil supervisors, for a period of four months each, with whom you will receive extensive experience of both public and private law work.
In addition, we have devised an advocacy training programme for our pupils, with the aim of preparing pupils to undertake their own advocacy and paperwork from the first day of their second six months. Second six pupils appear regularly in court . As a pupil, you will be in frequent contact with members of Chambers and you are encouraged to approach members if you have any questions, whilst also developing your own legal knowledge-base from private research.
From October 2019 each pupil will receive a pupillage award of £20,250. We pay our awards in equal instalments in the first nine months of pupillage. Travel expenses are also provided during this period.
In addition to the pupillage award, pupils retain their own second six earnings. On average our pupils bill between £20,000 to £30,000 for work undertaken and receive between £10,000 to £18,000 in actual fees during their second six months. None of the monies earned is recouped by Chambers.
A further benefit is that our pupils are exempt from paying rent. Furthermore, first year tenants pay a reduced basic rent in their first year of tenancy in Chambers.
Third Six Pupils
Third Six pupils do not pay pay basic rent but do pay a clerking fee of 5% on fees received.
If taken on following Third Six pupillage, the same arrangements for reduced rent will apply in the first year of tenancy.
What we look for
We select our pupils on the basis that we will be training prospective tenants. It is our established practice to recruit tenants from our pupils, and we focus in particular in developing our pupils into well-rounded and strong advocates.
Alongside the ability to present a persuasive case, we look for candidates with:
Candidates with a degree result lower than 2:1 rarely reach the first round of interview unless there are mitigating circumstances, including exceptional life skills and/or appropriate professional experience.
All our interviews are held in Chambers. Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements.
We welcome applications for mini-pupillages from final year under-graduates and we offer one week’s mini-pupillage per applicant. Please contact Judith Charlton by email attaching a covering letter, CV and dates of availability. Student visits are not available.
Chambers is fully committed to equality of opportunity and compliance with the Bar Standard Board’s Equality and Diversity Rules. All persons coming into contact with Chambers are treated on merit and are not discriminated against on the grounds of age, disibility, gender reassigment, marital or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Whilst Chambers has wheelchair access, for the convenience of our clients, barristers and clerks are more than happy to attend at clients’ premises where required.
4 Brick Court is a London-based specialist Family Law set. We are centrally located in the Temple, close to the main Family Law centres in London. Our barristers practice principally in London and the outer London courts, as well as in Berkshire, Essex and Kent.
Barristers at 4 Brick Court have a reputation for their strong advocacy, commitment to family law, legal expertise and their practical and sensitive approach to their clients and their cases. The potential to develop these qualities is what we look for in both applicants and our pupils.
We regularly appear in leading cases that shape the development of family justice. We have a strong reputation for representing all parties in public child law. We also cover the full range of private child law and financial work. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a commitment, practical or otherwise, to these areas of family law.
4 Brick Court is a modern set with a forward-looking approach. Our clerking and administrative team are supportive and adaptive to the many changes that the modern Family Bar is facing.