Pupillages Commencing October 2023

Recently voted “Chambers of the Year” at the 2021 Yorkshire Legal Awards, Parklane Plowden Chambers is consistently recognised as the leading set in the North East across its core practice areas by the legal press, including Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500:

One of the reasons for our exceptional reputation and strength in depth is our investment in 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. Many of our senior practitioners were themselves pupils in Chambers.

Within Chambers, we have the following core teams:

  • Civil: Personal Injury, Clinical and Professional Negligence, Inquests, Industrial Disease, Civil Fraud, Insurance, Costs
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Commercial and Chancery

We encourage candidates to find out more about Chambers and what our members are up to by following us on Twitter (@ParklanePlowden) and on LinkedIn.

Pupillages Opportunities for 2023-4

During the current Pupillage Gateway process, we are pleased to confirm we intend to recruit 5 pupils for the following specialist pupillages:

  • Two Civil & Employment Pupillages; one based in Leeds, one based in Newcastle
  • Two Family Pupillages; one based in Leeds, one based in Newcastle
  • One Commercial & Chancery Pupillage based in Leeds

A Civil & Employment Pupillage will involve exposure primarily to personal injury, clinical negligence and employment work, with opportunities to experience some of our other civil practice areas too. We will seek to adapt the pupillages according to the interests of the pupil and having regard to Chambers’ work at the time.

A Family Pupillage will involve exposure to all aspects of family law including public and private child work, applications under Part IV Family Law Act 1996, matrimonial finance, financial provision for children under Schedule 1, 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, the Official Solicitor, as well as private clients.

A Commercial & Chancery Pupillage will involve exposure to commercial and chancery litigation. This will include general commercial litigation, banking and finance, partnership disputes, insolvency work, probate work, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and property litigation.

Equality and Diversity

Chambers is committed to equal opportunities for all, no matter what their background, and to promoting and improving diversity at the Bar. We particularly encourage applications from those in underrepresented groups.

Further details of Chambers’ approach to Equality and Diversity generally can be found here.

Further information on our CSR and Outreach work can be found here.

Information about the PLP Foundation can be found here.

Candidates are requested not to put their names on their application forms so that they can be sifted anonymously to reduce the possibility of any unconscious bias.

We monitor diversity by way of our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Forms which candidates are invited to also complete with their applications. These forms are used only for monitoring purposes, they are kept separate from the application forms and are not used as part of the selection process.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made on the relevant Application Form:

  • The Chancery & Commercial Pupillage Application Form is here
  • The Family Pupillage Application Form is here
  • The Civil & Employment Application Form is here

The applications window runs from 11am on Wednesday 5th January 2022 until 2pm on Wednesday 9th February 2022. All applications must be received during this period.

The relevant Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form should be sent as separate attachments to the appropriate address below:


All first round interviews are likely to be held remotely on Microsoft Teams in March 2022.

All second round interviews are likely to be held in person in either Leeds or Newcastle in April 2022.

Further details to follow.

Pupillage Awards

All of our pupillages are funded by an overall package worth at least £30,000 over the 12 months made up as follows:

  • An award of £12,500 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 the guaranteed receipts in their 2nd six. Based on past experience, we anticipate billing in the first full year of fee generating practice to comfortably exceed £50,000.

Chambers will pay for each pupil’s reasonable travel and accommodation expenses incurred during the course of pupillage when accompanying members of Chambers, the cost of all compulsory training courses and travel expenses to attend such courses and the costs of attending Mess on Circuit. At the start of the first six months, Chambers will provide each pupil with an advance to cover anticipated expenses in the month ahead.

Selection Criteria

We will be looking to recruit exceptional candidates who are able to demonstrate high level competencies and attributes in a number of different areas.

Our Pupillage Selection Criteria, which we encourage candidates to have regard to when completing their forms, can be found here along with details of how we propose to assess the competencies during the selection process.