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Atlantic Chambers (Family Law Pupillage) – 12 Months – October 2025

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Pupillage Vacancy Information

About Authorised Education and Training Organisation and Structure of Pupillage

Atlantic Chambers is a leading set on the Northern Circuit based in Liverpool. We only recruit pupils with a view to tenancy and hope that all our pupils will be valued members of chambers for many years to come. 

We invest a lot of time and effort to ensure that all our pupils have a thorough grounding and are well prepared for tenancy. Each pupil has a designated supervisor who they will work with closely throughout the year as a mentor. In addition, within their field of interest we try to ensure that pupils get to spend time with a broad selection of barristers across Chambers. Our strength in depth means that you will be in court regularly and ought to experience a wide variety of work at every level. You will have ample opportunity to get to know other members of chambers and develop a strong support network.  

You will also be expected to prepare advices, statements of case and other paperwork throughout your pupillage with feedback from your pupillage supervisor and other members of chambers to ensure that you are comfortable working independently. 

In your second six, you will have exposure to a variety of solicitors to build your own practice and develop your advocacy from an early stage. As far as possible we tailor any training to the individual needs of each pupil and maximise exposure to your preferred areas of interest. Towards the very end of your pupillage we also place greater focus on working with the most junior members of chambers so that you can hit the ground running upon taking tenancy. 

Ultimately, Atlantic Chambers strives to ensure that every pupillage provides solid foundations for those interested in building a long and successful career at the Bar. We are proud of our history including distinguished past members such as the current Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, Lord Justice Edis, and the recent past President of the Queen's Bench Division, Sir Brian Leveson. However, we look forward to recruiting the next generation of talent who are keen to join a friendly, supportive and ambitious chambers.    

Financial and Other Support Available

Chambers presently offers an award of £12,000 per Pupil for the first six months and guarantees receipts of a further £18,000 in the second six months. This guarantee operates on a month-by-month basis, so that in any single month where gross receipts are less than £3,000 the balance is made up by Chambers. There is no “clawback” if receipts in other months exceed £3,000.

There are no ‘buy in’ provisions upon taking tenancy and based on past experience all junior tenants can expect to earn comfortably more than £60,000 per annum on average in the first 3 years of practice.

Further, Chambers will pay the costs of attending compulsory courses as required by the BSB and those additional courses that Chambers wishes the Pupil(s) to attend. Off-circuit travel expenses will in any event be reimbursed by Chambers upon production of the relevant receipt.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion

Atlantic Chambers is firmly committed to the active promotion of equality and diversity and equal opportunities. Atlantic Chambers recognises that such a commitment requires taking positive steps to identify and eliminate possible areas of discrimination so as to afford:

• Equality of access to all applicants for mini-pupillage, pupillage, tenancy or employment 

• Equality of treatment to all Members, pupils and staff 

• Equality of service to professional clients covering both the planning of services and the decision whether to accepts instructions or offer advice Chambers understands that if Chambers (and more widely, the Bar) is to thrive, it needs to select the very best from the widest possible pool 

Reasonable Adjustments 

Chambers recognises that we have a continuing positive obligation to make reasonable adjustments, which requires us to take reasonable steps to change any policy, practice or procedure that makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for disabled people to make use of our services. Chambers is committed to making reasonable adjustments in order to remove or reduce substantial disadvantage for disabled people working with Chambers or receiving legal services. This policy covers all employees of Chambers, Members, clerks, pupils, mini-pupils and visitors to Chambers.

How to Apply

In the first instance please email with your expression of interest, you will be sent a secure link to upload your application. Applicants should upload a covering letter and a current CV by the closing date.  Please do not send your application via email.

  • Application sifting 8 February 2024 to 20 February 2024
  • Shortlist panel meeting 21 February 2024
  • First round interview Saturday 16 March 2024 
  • Second round interview (if required) 6 April 2024

Interviews will be in person at Chambers. If you have any reasonable adjustments please do make us aware upon application.

Please note whilst every effort will be made to adhere to this timetable it may be subject to change.

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