Pupillage

Who we are

St Philips Chambers was formed in 1998 as the result of the merger of two long-established sets.  We quickly won a reputation for providing an excellent service to clients, being the only national set of Chambers to have won the Lawyer’s and Legal Business’ National Chambers of the Year Award. We have continued to build on that reputation, winning “Regional Set of the Year” in 2005, 2009 and 2014 and “Multi Disciplinary Set of the Year – UK” in 2013.  We are one of the largest sets in the country, and are known as a leading player at regional and national level, providing specialised services to a wide range of clients.  Many members of Chambers are highly recommended in guides such as Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

Our position in state of the art facilities at the heart of Birmingham’s commercial centre, together with a forward-looking management structure, underlines St Philips’ continuing desire to remain on the front foot as legislative and competitive pressures increase.

St Philips also has Chambers in London and Leeds. This has enabled us to expand upon the first-class service we are renowned for, reinforcing our objective to make our exceptional team of barristers the first choice for clients nationally and internationally.

While a large set, our individual specialisations are focused around seven practice groups: Crime, Family, Chancery & Commercial, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence, Employment, Regulatory, Shipping, International Trade & Arbitration.

What we can offer you

St Philips is in a position to offer up to two pupillages; one Criminal pupil to be based in Birmingham and one Commercial pupil to be based in Leeds. The start date for the Birmingham Pupillage will be October 2017 and the start date for the Leeds pupillage will be October 2018.

We are looking for exceptional and well-rounded individuals with good intellectual ability and a practical approach to problem solving. We are more interested in your potential than your background.

Reflecting our clients’ increasing demand for expertise and excellence, St Philips now offers a range of specialist Pupillages, allowing each pupil to obtain detailed knowledge of their chosen field during their twelve month pupillage. We expect that this will give all of our junior tenants a solid foundation to develop a high-quality practice. But all pupils will still benefit from being part of a strong multidisciplinary set with an excellent reputation.

The Pupillage award for 2017 and 2018 will be £40,000. £20,000 is payable over the course of the first six months. We expect you to earn a similar amount in your second six and we provide an earnings guarantee of £20,000 for this period.

We will meet the costs of the courses which are compulsory during Pupillage.  Upon the satisfactory completion of the first six months, we provide you with your own copy of two substantial practice texts such as: Archbold; Civil Procedure Rules (“The White Book”), or the Family Court Practice (“The Red Book”).

Pupillage at St Philips is a unique and rewarding experience. We look forward to receiving your application.

Important information

The opening date for applications is Monday 9th January 2017.

The closing date for applications is Monday 6th February 2017. 

The application process is now closed for 2017.

Acknowledgement of receipt of application form

We will acknowledge receipt of your application; usually within a week. Please contact us if you do not receive this. If you do not receive confirmation from us, your application has not been received and will not be progressed.

Selection for Interview

We will be running two Pre-interview selection evenings in Chambers which will take place Tuesday 11th April and Wednesday 12th April 2017. If you are invited to a selection evening you are required to attend if you wish to be considered for an interview.

Interview stage

Interviews will take place on Saturday 29th April 2017 at St Philips Chambers in Birmingham. Following a tour of St Philips Chambers, each interviewee will complete a Visual Accuracy assessment. First interviews will take place in the morning before a panel of the Pupillage Committee commencing from 8.30 am until approximately 12.30 pm.  Each first interview will last for up to 20 minutes, in the course of which candidates will be asked about one or more of the legal problems that will have been sent out with the invitation to attend for interview.  All candidates will be invited to attend Chambers at around 1.00 pm and will then be advised whether they will progress through to the second round of interviews or not.  The second interviews will take place in the afternoon before all members of the Pupillage Committee who are present.

Offers of pupillage

Offers of Pupillage will be made in line with the Pupillage Gateway timetable for 2017.