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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.

“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.”

Our Committment to Pupils

One of the reasons for our exceptional reputation is our long-standing investment in pupils and junior tenants. We firmly believe that by recruiting exemplary pupils and providing high calibre 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, with many of our senior practitioners being former Chambers' pupils. 

Pupillages are offered in both of our locations in Leeds and Newcastle, and the number offered varies each year depending on the needs of Chambers.

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

A family pupillage will include exposure to all aspects of family law including public and private child work, matrimonial law and finance. Pupils are also likely to experience some cohabitation disputes, Inheritance Act applications and Court of Protection work. 

Becoming a Pupil at Parklane Plowden Chambers

When recruiting, our Pupillage Committee have a clear mandate to recruit exceptional candidates who are able to demonstrate outstanding competencies, talent and skill in a number of key areas, these include:

  • Academic Qualifications: 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 judgement.
  • 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.

Mini Pupillage

We recruit mini pupils for the year ahead during December and January. Details of the next competition for mini-pupillages in 2019 will be available on this page towards October 2018. Applications will be invited from students in their second year of their law degree, or third year of a non-law degree or above.

When the competition opens, applications must be made by completing our application form, which will be available here.

The completed forms should be emailed to

Mini pupillages last for four days, Monday to Thursday unless there are exceptional circumstances.

3rd Six Pupillage

We welcome from time to time applications from  3rd Six pupils to join our specialist civil, commercial, employment and family teams, with a particular focus on Personal Injury and Family Law and with a view to being considered for tenancy at the conclusion of the 3rd Six.

The successful applicant/s will be able to demonstrate that they have developed their professional skills during their initial period of pupillage. They will have strong analytical skills, sound drafting ability, and excellent advocacy skills, both oral and written. They will be able to demonstrate a real commitment to their chosen areas of specialism. They will have the potential to become tenants in Chambers.



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