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Chambers’ reputation as the leading set in the North East across its core practice areas is consistently recognised by the legal press including Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, the latter commenting:

“Parklane Plowden is a regional heavyweight set which has a growing national reputation. It has ‘exceptional litigators' and ‘genuine strength in depth'. As one of the largest civil law sets in the region, it is strong across a range of practice areas…”.  

"All of the barristers have been nothing but professional, warm and friendly," comments one satisfied client.”

One of the reasons for our exceptional reputation and strength in depth is investment in our pupils and junior tenants. We firmly believe that by recruiting high quality pupils and providing high quality pupillages, Chambers will continue to thrive. We have a very strong tradition of offering tenancies to pupils who demonstrate the requisite level of ability and dedication and many of our senior practitioners were themselves pupils in Chambers. 

A civil pupillage is likely to mean exposure to our core areas of work, primarily personal injury, clinical negligence, employment. Pupils are also likely to experience some commercial, general civil, insurance and costs work too.

A family pupillage is likely to mean exposure to all aspects of family law including public and private child work, matrimonial law & finance including divorce and ancillary relief, cohabitation disputes and Inheritance Act applications as well as to our expanding area of practice within the Court of Protection. Members of chambers regularly represent local authorities, parents, children’s guardians, CAFCASS Legal, the Official Solicitor as well as private clients.

When re recruit, we look to recruit exceptional candidates who are able to demonstrate high level competencies and attributes in a number of different areas, including:

  • Academic Background: we generally expect candidates to have or be predicted at least a 2:1 university degree, although we will consider all applications on their merits, particularly if there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Oral advocacy/communication skills;
  • Written communication skills;
  • Interpersonal skills;
  • Analytical thinking;
  • Drive and determination;
  • Sound judgment;
  • Resilience and the ability to work under pressure;
  • Dedication to our core practice areas and, preferably, commitment to the North-East.


The application process for pupillage starting October 2019 has closed.

We will be recruiting for pupillage starting October 2020 in early 2019. Please check our website nearer the time for details.



We're Recruiting

Parklane Plowden welcomes enquiries from Barrister and Solicitor advocates. In addition to our regular recruitment campaigns, Parklane Plowden also welcomes enquiries from individuals seeking superb opportunities for career advancement.

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