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Chambers’ reputation as the leading set in the North East across its core practice areas ensures consistent recognition in the legal directories and industry press.

Pupillage October 2021 - 2022

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:

“Parklane Plowden Chambers is regarded amongst lawyers and legal commentators as the pre-eminent set on the North Eastern Circuit”

“They are a very forward thinking set…evidenced by its unique structure that embraces modern business practices”

“…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.”

“…the clerking is excellent”

“Outstanding and by the far best in the North of England”

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.

For pupillage starting October 2021, we are offering:

  • Two 12-month Civil Pupillages, one based in Leeds, one based in Newcastle.

Unfortunately, following our recent recruitment of 10 practitioners from Zenith Chambers, together with 2 of their pupils, we will not, as previously anticipated, be offering any specialist family law or commercial/chancery pupillages for 2021.

A civil pupillage within Chambers is likely mean exposure primarily to our core areas of work: personal injury, employment and clinical negligence. There may also be opportunities for a civil pupil to experience some commercial and chancery work if they wish. We will seek to adapt the pupillage depending on the interests of the pupil and Chambers’ work at the time.


Becoming a Pupil at Parklane Plowden Chambers

We are looking 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.


Applications must be made by completing our application form, which can be found here.

It would be of great assistance if you could also complete the separate Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. This is used for monitoring purposes only and is not used as part of the selection process.

Please send both your Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form as separate attachments to with “Civil Pupillage Application” in the subject line.

Applications must be received by noon on Sunday 12th January 2020.

First round interviews are likely to be held in Leeds or Newcastle on 8th February 2020.

Second round interviews are likely to be held in Leeds or Newcastle on 22nd or 29th February 2020.  


Pupillage Awards

All of our pupillages are funded by an overall package worth at least £27,500 over the 12 months made up as follows:

  • An award of £10,000 for the first six months to be paid pro rata at the end of each month;

  • Guaranteed receipts of at least £17,500 for the second six months.

In fact, we expect our pupils to generate income significantly in excess of this in their 2nd six.

Based on experience, we anticipate billing in the first full year of fee generating practice to comfortably exceed £50,000.

We operate an open communications policy using the latest digital technology. This affords our clients full access to members of chambers.


We are proud to have earned ISO 9001, and the Quality Mark for the Bar until its disbandment in 2012.

All of our barristers are authorised to practise in England and Wales – The Barristers’ Register

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