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Recruitment

Current Staff Vacancies:

No current vacancies

Tenancy Applications:

Current vacancies for Criminal and Family practitioners.

Applications for tenancy are welcomed from established practitioners in our core areas. applicants should send a current CV and covering letter to tenancy@4kbw.co.uk  All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

 

Qualifying Pupillages:

Chambers aims to offer two fully funded 12 month pupillages each year, although this number may change. These pupillages are advertised through the Pupillage Gateway system and are subject to that application process. The Pupillage Gateway can be found here: http://www.pupillagegateway.com/

 

entrance The 12 month pupillages offered are funded. For pupillages starting from 2018 the award will be £10,000 in the first six months and guaranteed earnings of at least £10,000 in the second. The award includes the award of £2,000 given by chambers towards travel expenses incurred during pupillage. Additionally, chambers will fund a pupil’s attendance on any course that he or she is required to attend by virtue of being a pupil.

 

4 King’s Bench Walk is a common law set with expertise across the fields of personal injury, property, contract, crime, family, immigration, employment and regulatory law. Chambers encourages pupils to gain experience in all of these areas during the course of pupillage so that you can then make an informed decision as to where your skills and interests lie. Typically pupillage is divided between two to four supervisors, each practising in a different area of chambers’ work. In addition to gaining an insight into your supervisors’ practice you will also work for, and go to Court with, other members of Chambers. Once in second six priority will be given to your own caseload. Pupils can expect to be in Court most days once in the second six.

Chambers attaches great importance to pupillage and always aims to recruit its junior tenants from its pupils.

We expect pupils to have excellent academic credentials and to have obtained relevant experience. We also look for articulacy, demonstrable forensic ability, an interest in chambers’ areas of work and genuine commitment to the Bar.

Chambers is an equal opportunities employer. Members of the pupillage selection and interview panels have received training in respect of equality and diversity in the field of recruitment.

We encourage pupils to participate in all aspects of the work and social life of chambers at an early stage and we are both known to be, and consider ourselves, a particularly friendly and approachable group of people.

Comments from recent pupils

“Pupillage is at once everything you might expect (long hours, hard work, constant study) and yet so much more; a rare opportunity to be stretched to your limits and discover you are capable of more than you thought. Pupillage at 4KBW will give you a valuable, and these days rare, mixture of breadth and depth of experience in various areas not often found under one roof, including family, civil, crime, employment and immigration. Your first six is a chance to see the kind of complex work practiced by senior members in those areas, but also to get a grounding in the kinds of cases you will be instructed in during second six..

“During your first six at 4KBW you will get to experience the wide range of work undertaken by members of Chambers. Week on week it can be almost impossible to predict what you are doing, but it makes for a very exciting, challenging and engaging time. Towards the end of your first six you will increasingly be exposed to  work undertaken by the junior end in an effort to help prepare you for life on your feet.

It’s not an understatement to say that you will be in court almost every single day during your second six, frequently being required to travel to a wide variety of courts both inside and outside of London. You will quickly develop a strong common law practice with numerous appearances in the Magistrates, Crown and County Courts. It will be a steep learning curve as every day you will need to be researching unfamiliar areas of law and will be faced with many unexpected situations, but members of Chambers are always on hand to give you urgent advice or to discuss cases with you. It’s the people that make Chambers what it is and it is a great credit to them that they invest so much time and effort into ensuring that you succeed.  Pupillage 2016 – 2017..

“No two days as a 4KBW pupil are the same. In your first six you get a chance to experience the diverse work undertaken by members of chambers.  You may spend your time watching a trial at the Old Bailey, assisting with research in a JR of a decision to prosecute a historic sex abuse case or accompanying your pupil supervisor to a conference with a medical professional prior to his disciplinary hearing. Towards the end of your first six you are likely to spend more time with junior members of chambers which helps you prepare for the first few weeks on your feet.

The best thing about the second six at 4KBW is how busy you are – you will most likely be in court almost every day, doing a wide variety of work: from personal injury damages assessment hearings, to sentencing hearings in the Crown Court, to appeal hearings in asylum cases. It may seem daunting to try to learn about so many areas of law in such a short space of time but members of chambers are always prepared to discuss your case with you or pick up the phone when you need urgent advice – and there is no better training as an advocate!” Pupillage 2014 – 2015.

Non Qualifying Pupillages

We encourage applications from those who have already completed twelve months of pupillage. With a growing caseload within chambers we currently require third six pupils who will predominantly undertake criminal and employment work. However, third six pupils will also be able to experience work within the other areas of chambers’ practice. If you wish to apply for a third six with us please send a copy of your CV along with a covering letter, marked for the attention of the ‘third six pupillage secretary’.

 

Comments from a recent third six pupil

“I joined chambers as a third six pupil in October 2014 and with the help of the clerks quickly developed a mixed civil practice, in line with my interests. I was in court nearly everyday which was nerve-racking as my caseload had been much lighter and not nearly as varied during my second-six. However, I never felt out of my depth and I put that down to the supportive atmosphere in chambers. There really is an open-door policy and I found that there was always someone around to help if I was struggling with anything.

Life in chambers before tenancy can be stressful but at 4KBW I was made to feel part of the team from day one.   I was invited along to practice team meetings, encouraged to organise networking/social events and given the opportunity to deliver seminars to solicitors alongside senior members of chambers which helped build my practice.

In short, these chambers gave me an excellent foundation for life as a tenant.”Third six pupil 2014 – 2015.

 

Mini-Pupillages

We offer mini pupillages during three periods each year:

  • 1st October – 30th November
  • 1st February – 31st March
  • 1st May – 30th June

Regrettably, we are unable to offer mini pupillages outside of these defined periods except in exceptional circumstances such as where a person is unable to undertake a mini pillage during these times due to, for example, work or caring commitments.

Please note that applicants must be over 18 and we would usually expect those applying to have commenced their LLB or GDL.

What can you expect from a mini pupillage at 4KBW?

The purpose of mini pupillages at 4KBW is to provide individuals with an interest in pursuing a career at the Bar with some first-hand experience of the job of a barrister and an insight into life in Chambers and its practice areas. Please note that our mini pupillages are not assessed.

In terms of the structure of mini pupillages, this will very much depend on the preferences that you have expressed in your application, the supervisor(s) whom you are allocated, and the work that is available at the time. Most typically, you will spend your mini pupillage with one barrister but it may be that you get to spend time with other people in Chambers too.

You are likely to spend most of your time at court or in client conferences but supervisors may also give you files to read and/or paperwork to try, or research to complete.

How long are mini pupillages at 4KBW?

The standard length of our mini pupillages is 3 days. This is so that we can accommodate as many applicants as possible.

We are able to offer some flexibility in terms of how long mini pupillages will last, however, in order to accommodate the circumstances of individual applicants.

When to Apply

The deadlines for applications for mini pupillages throughout the year are as follows:

    • for a mini-pupillage in October or November, by 4pm on 1st August;
    • for a mini-pupillage in February or March, by 4pm on 1st December; and
    • for a mini-pupillage in May or June, by 4pm on 1st March
      How to ApplyIn order to apply for a mini pupillage at 4KBW, please send a curriculum vitae and a cover letter, neither of which should be longer than two pages of A4, to djw@4kbw.co.uk.

      Please ensure that you provide answers to the following questions within your cover letter:

      • why are you interested in a career as a barrister?
      • why do you want to undertake a mini pupillage at 4KBW?
      • what area(s) of law are you particularly interested in and why?
      • how many mini pupillages have you undertaken to date?
      • What period are you applying for and are there any dates that you are not available?
      • how long are you available for a mini pupillage? (Please note that the standard period for a mini pupillage is 3 days).

      What are the Selection Criteria?

       In determining who is selected for a mini pupillage, the following selection criteria only are applied:

      • intellectual ability;
      • a genuine and demonstrable interest in pursuing a career at the Bar;
      • a genuine and demonstrable interest in 4KBW and its core practice areas;
      • relevant previous experience (not necessarily legal experience);
      • interpersonal skills; and
      • presentational ability.

      Those applicants with the least first-hand experience of the Bar or who demonstrate a genuine interest in and the potential to succeed in applying for pupillage at 4KBW will be prioritised in the selection process if we are oversubscribed.

      Equality and Diversity

      4KBW is committed to equality and diversity, including at all stages of the recruitment process, and to promoting access to the Bar to those who are typically underrepresented. We therefore particularly encourage and welcome applications from individuals that fall within groups that are underrepresented at the Bar.

      We will make reasonable adjustments in order to enable persons to undertake a mini pupillage with us and we are very happy to alter the length of the mini pupillage to enable those with caring or other responsibilities to complete a mini pupillage with us.

      Others Matters

      Funding

      All of our mini pupillages are unfunded. Regrettably, at the present time, Chambers is unable to financially support those who wish to undertake a mini pupillage with us. We will therefore try to ensure that our mini pupils will not have to travel too far.

      Hours

      The typical hours of a mini pupillage will be 09:00 to 17:00 but that may vary depending on your supervisor and the nature of their work at the time. You should also anticipate there being travel time on top of these hours.

      Dress

      You will be expected to dress in a style that is appropriate for court which means smart, dark business attire.

      Confidentiality

      In order to undertake a mini pupillage with us, you will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement before you start. As a consequence, you must not disclose to others any information that you receive during the course of your mini pupillage with us.

      Questions

      Should you have any questions about mini pupillages at 4KBW or the application process, you should not hesitate to contact Daniel Wand, the mini pupillage coordinator, at djw@4kbw.co.uk who will be happy to answer your queries.

      We look forward to receiving your application.