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FOURTEEN is currently seeking applications for tenancy and third-six pupillage.


Tenancy

FOURTEEN is currently seeking applications for tenancy from barristers of over five years’ call to join our busy and successful practice teams in public law, private children, family finance, and international family law.  We also have a team of experienced dispute-resolution practitioners offering arbitrations, private FDRs and Early Neutral Evaluations for financial remedy matters and private law children cases.

If you would like to arrange a confidential discussion about the opportunity to join FOURTEEN, please contact our Chambers Director, Robin Jackson, by phone on 020 7242 0858 or by email at rjackson@fourteen.co.uk , or email:

Private Law team leader: Michael Glaser QC at mglaserqc@fourteen.co.uk;

Public Law team leader: Joan Connell at jconnell@fourteen.co.uk;


Third-Six Pupil

In order to meet demands at the more junior end of chambers, FOURTEEN now seeks to recruit a third-six pupil who sees their future in our specialist set.  If you would like to discuss this opportunity, please email our Senior Practice Manager, James Mitchell, at jmitchell@fourteen.co.uk.


Pupillage

Vacancies for pupillage commencing in October 2023 are now advertised on the Pupillage Gateway. The deadline for applications has now passed and we are in the process of assessing the applications. Candidates will be informed of progress through the Gateway.

 

Why Us?

FOURTEEN is a leading specialist family law set with a national reputation.  We undertake high quality work for a wide client base, which includes private client and legal aid solicitors, large city firms and local authorities.  We have occupied a prominent position in the London legal market for many years.

We have consistently been recognised as a leading family law set in legal guides.  Chambers and Partners commented that we have a ‘strong showing in children work’ and ‘established matrimonial and Court of Protection practitioners’, Legal 500 describe FOURTEEN as ‘a dynamic and forward-thinking set’ and ‘an impressive set with a wide skill-set’. We are noted for members who are ‘very personable on a human level and not at all stuck up’.  We boast a long list of ranked juniors with experience at every level.

We have dedicated practice teams for children, family finance, Court of Protection and international family law.  Many of our members are public access qualified and some undertake mediation and arbitration.  A number of our former members now have senior judicial posts.

Pupillage at FOURTEEN is fulfilling and fun whilst preparing you for a life at the family bar.  We offer one 12-month pupillage each year.  Our pupils have the opportunity to see all areas of family law.  Each pupil will have three pupil supervisors during their year and will be expected to accompany other members of chambers to Court on a regular basis.

For the October 2023 intake, we are looking to recruit up to two pupils.

FOURTEEN provides pupils with comprehensive training before starting on their feet in the second six months.  This includes advocacy exercises, drafting, legal research and practice in client conferences.

For pupils starting in October 2023, the award will be £37,000.  All pupils will retain all their earnings in the second six months, and we will fund any training a pupil has to undertake. Second six pupils can expect to be on their feet regularly.

Pupillage Testimonials

Madeleine Whelan, tenant and former pupil:

I am currently a pupil with FOURTEEN. Pupillage at FOURTEEN so far has been incredibly supportive, with many members of chambers going out of their way to ask me how I’m getting on and to offer advice and help should I need it. Being the only pupil means it is an experience that can be tailored to my personal learning and development and allows me a unique degree of flexibility. My supervisor is measured, responsive and incredibly knowledgeable and I have certainly learnt more about the family bar in the last 4 weeks in chambers than in 4 years of law school, which is a testament to FOURTEEN’s commitment to making the pupillage experience as educational and beneficial as possible. Pupillage can be a difficult and tiring journey, but having such a positive experience has made the transition from study to practice so much easier and I am looking forward to many more fantastic experiences with FOURTEEN.

Grace Garrett-Sadler, tenant and former pupil:

The transition from pupillage to tenancy at FOURTEEN was seamless. I enjoyed an extremely diverse and busy practice throughout my second six with FOURTEEN, particularly in the last few months, and as a result I felt completely ready to go to Court on the first Monday of October as a tenant.   I spent my last week of pupillage and first two weeks of tenancy as junior counsel acting for a mother in Public law proceedings in a case concerning fabricated or induced illness, so I really hit the ground running. Although no longer formally supervised, members of chambers are as willing to answer my questions now as they were during pupillage and remain genuinely interested in my workload.

Who Should Apply?

We are looking for exceptional candidates who are committed to a career at the family bar.  You should be able to demonstrate a high level of motivation and academic ability and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. In general, successful applicants have at least a 2.1 degree, however we do consider extenuating circumstances and candidates who can demonstrate academic excellence through other relevant experience. We welcome and encourage candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds.

What to expect from the pupillage selection process

The recruitment process for pupils has three stages:

  • Consideration of application forms
  • First round interview
  • Second round interview
Consideration of application forms

Application forms are marked on the following criteria:

  • Intellectual achievement
    • We look for a good record of achievement in your degree and, where applicable, GDL.
    • We have no preference as between a law degree or the GDL.
    • We anonymise university and school names before marking. These are not taken into consideration.
    • We do not usually place weight on A-level results unless we need to look at these where, for example, there have been extenuating circumstances relating to your main qualifications.
    • We do take extenuating circumstances into account and where applicable will look for other evidence of intellectual achievement within your application form.
  • Communication
    • We are looking for good written communication – clear, to the point, and free of errors.
    • We are also looking for wider evidence of your communication skills, for example from extra-curricular activities, employment, or voluntary work.
  • Advocacy
    • We would expect at least some advocacy experience, which may be from a range of sources such as mooting, debating, mock trials, FRU volunteering etc (the list is not exhaustive).
  • Resilience and drive
    • We look for evidence that you can work well under pressure, whether that is under time pressure or in other challenging situations, and whether you can be resilient and self-motivated. Evidence for this could come from a range of sources, such as extra-curricular activities, employment, or voluntary work.
  • Interpersonal skills
    • We look for evidence that you have strong interpersonal skills and can build good working relationships with others. Evidence for this could come from a range of sources, such as extra-curricular activities, employment, or voluntary work.
  • Motivation/commitment to a career at the Family Bar
    • We want to see that you have taken the time to understand what a career at the Bar, and specifically the Family Bar involves.
    • We would like applicants to have a good understanding of the positives and negatives of the role of a family barrister, and be able to demonstrate that they are motivated towards this specific career.
    • We would like to see that you have genuine enthusiasm for and interest in family law.
    • A good indicator of your interest and understanding is often having undertaken work experience which is applicable to family law. This might include relevant employment, mini-pupillages, marshalling, or volunteering. We understand that some of these will have been harder to access over the course of the pandemic, so we are bearing this in mind.

Above all, we are looking for applicants not just to tell us what skills they have, but to back this up with reference to their experiences and achievements so far.

First round interviews

The first-round interview typically lasts 15-20 minutes and involves an advocacy exercise and questions based around our selection criteria, which are:

  • Advocacy
  • Analytical thinking
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Motivation/commitment to a career at the Family Bar
  • Resilience and drive
Second round interviews

The second-round interview typically lasts 25-30 minutes and involves an advocacy exercise, questions based around our selection criteria as set out above, and discussion of your application form.

We recognise that candidates may be at different stages of their legal training and as such our advocacy exercises will not expect you to have detailed knowledge of a particular area of law. A piece of legislation may be provided or candidates may be asked to form persuasive arguments from general principles.

Other frequently asked questions about the pupillage selection process

Q. When can I apply? When will you make a decision about my application?

A. We follow the Pupillage Gateway timetable, which is available on the Pupillage Gateway website.

Q. Does it matter which Inn I join or which GDL/Bar Training Course provider I choose?

A. We have no preference at all and don’t take this into account.

Q. Do you offer feedback on unsuccessful pupillage applications?

A. At the initial application stage, due to the number of applications we receive it isn’t possible to provide specific feedback. We are happy to provide feedback from first and second round interviews.

Q. I haven’t heard back about my application yet – does this mean it hasn’t been successful?

A. No – we will always contact candidates either way to let them know the outcome of their application, via the Pupillage Gateway.

Q. Is there a particular ‘type’ of candidate you are looking for?

A. No – only that we are looking for applicants who are passionate about family law and have the skills to excel at the Bar. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, including those which are traditionally underrepresented at the Bar. If you have a disability, please let us know and we will make reasonable adjustments as part of the application process.

 

Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

For more information please contact us by telephone or email.


Mini Pupillage

We are now recommencing our mini pupillage scheme. 

A) Application information

  1. We have four mini-pupillage periods each year, hosting three mini-pupils on each occasion. The mini-pupillages will be offered for a period of three days.
  2. For a mini pupillage in May 2022, please apply by 31 March 2022.
    For a mini pupillage in July 2022, please apply by 30 May 2022.
    For a mini pupillage in September 2022, please apply by 31 July 2022
    For a mini pupillage in November 2022, please apply by 30 September 2022
  3. In special circumstances, Chambers will endeavour to accommodate mini-pupils on other dates.
  4. The application will consist of:
    • A 500 word essay (more details below);
    • A short cover letter (no more than one side of A4);
    • A copy of your Curriculum Vitae.
  5. All applications must be sent by email to minipupillage@fourteen.co.uk

B) Application process

The Essay

  1. “Identify a Law that you would change. In no more than 500 words please explain why and how you would change it?”
  2. The essay will be marked using the following criteria:
    • Task achievement                                /10
    • Coherence and cohesion                    /10
    • Lexical resources                                 /10
    • Grammatical range and accuracy    /10
    • Persuasiveness of argument             /10                             Total         /50
  3. Chambers will retain a copy of the essay for no more than 12 months. A record of the mark awarded will be kept for no more than for 5 years after the application. Applicants’ attention is drawn to the fact that Chambers may consider the contents of any mini-pupillage application in respect of any future application for pupillage with FOURTEEN.

Cover Letter and CV

  1. The cover letter should be no more than one side of A4. It is simply to serve as a brief introduction and to explain why you wish to apply to Chambers.
  2. Your CV should be no more than two sides of A4.

C) Feedback

  1. At the end of your mini-pupillage you will be asked to provide feedback of your experience with Chambers. This will be by way of a questionnaire which will be retained for the purpose of collecting data to enable Chambers to improve the service that we offer.
  2. At the end of your mini-pupillage, the Members of Chambers that you have followed will be asked to provide feedback in respect of your performance as a mini-pupil.
  3. Applicants’ attention is drawn to the fact that Chambers may consider the contents of the feedback arising from any mini-pupillage with Chambers in respect of any future application for pupillage with FOURTEEN.