One Pump Court welcomes applications from excellent advocates who share our ethos. All applications are dealt with in the strictest confidence. All practice areas are recruiting, with more detailed information set out below.
If you would like to discuss anything prior to any application please do not hesitate to contact our Senior Clerk, Ian Burrow, via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Crime and Prison Law Team
Are you a criminal barrister returning from parental leave, or with caring responsibilities? Looking for a more flexible approach to work? Want to diversify your practice? Or simply looking for a fresh start?
The Crime and Prison Law Team at One Pump Court is currently accepting applications from individuals who share our ethos to join our outstanding team.
One Pump Court is a multidisciplinary chambers and we welcome applicants with a mixed practice, including those who undertake work in our core areas of immigration, family, housing and inquests and inquiries, as well as those who specialise solely in crime.
At One Pump Court we take a radical approach to the issues facing our clients, staff and members, including the logistics of balancing a court-based practice with caring and other commitments outside the workplace.
Our Crime and Prison Law Team offers cooperative support for those wishing to undertake paperwork to complement their court appearances, as well as opportunities for practitioners wanting to pursue a more traditional criminal defence practice.
We offer a lively, inclusive environment with flexible working practices and excellent fee collection by our dedicated fees clerks.
Please see the application form at the bottom of this page
Court of Protection Team
Our COP team would welcome applications from practitioners from all levels of call with established COP Practices.
One Pump Court Family Team is accepting applications for Tenancy
The Family Team at One Pump Court is inviting applications from barristers under 10 years and 5 years call to join our highly regarded busy and friendly team.
We are always open to applications from more senior candidates who can complement our range of expertise. You are welcome to contact our Head of Group, Jamie Presland in confidence email@example.com
Please use the application form at the bottom of this page
If you would like a confidential conversation to discuss your interest, please contact our Head of Group Jamie Presland firstname.lastname@example.org or our Senior Practice Manager Scott Haley email@example.com
Housing and Community Care Team
Our housing and community care team is accepting tenancy applications from senior or junior practitioners with an established housing practice. Our growing team is instructed across the breadth of housing, property and social welfare work. Our members are ranked in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, with experience at all levels up to the Supreme Court. We are looking for talented, passionate and driven barristers who share our commitment to the One Pump Court ethos to join us.
If you would like to have a confidential conversation to discuss your interest, please contact our Head of Group Martin Hodgson firstname.lastname@example.org or our Senior Clerk to chambers Ian Burrow email@example.com. Applications will be treated in strictest confidence.
We are currently welcoming applications from established practitioners with a practice in inquests/ inquiries, and/or claims against police or public authorities, who have a commitment to the One Pump Court ethos.
About pupillage at One Pump Court
We offer 12-month pupillages funded by way of a grant for the BSB’s minimum London pupillage award (currently £20,703), plus an allowance for out-of-London travel, plus the full retention of all earnings received in the second six in addition to the grant.
Pupils have the opportunity to complete periods of training across one or more specialist areas within Chambers: family, immigration, crime, and housing. There are also opportunities to gain experience in other areas including community care and prison law.
We are committed to publicly funded work and to ensuring access to justice. We seek to promote diversity and equality in all aspects of our work.
Chambers undertakes work at all levels, and members practise in the following specialist groups: family, crime and civil. Many members are also direct access qualified and Chambers actively promotes this avenue of work.
Family practitioners provide a multidisciplinary and socially responsible approach to family legal services in all areas of national and international law. Members specialise in public law and private law Children Act applications, as well as ancillary relief and cohabitee disputes. The family team has a large mediation group and is committed to developing a holistic ADR service for all client groups.
The crime group consists of an experienced team of barristers practising exclusively in criminal defence work. Members of the group provide representation to defendants charged with the whole range of criminal offences at every stage of criminal proceedings.
The civil group includes practitioners specialising in housing and immigration. Housing work concentrates on problems faced by tenants and the homeless. Our large immigration team is committed to both asylum and non-asylum work with a particular emphasis on representing vulnerable clients in the face of increasingly restrictive legislation.
Judicial review is an important area of work within chambers, particularly in respect of housing, education and immigration work.
Chambers works closely with law centres and other agencies who are addressing unmet legal needs. Some members are prominent in legal pressure groups and voluntary organisations, seeking to reform and improve the provision of legal services and access to justice. Chambers also operates a strong prison law team.
Chambers has a complaints procedure. Members are required to comply with Chambers’ quality codes by which standards are set, monitored and developed. Chambers has a strong commitment to equal opportunities and to combatting discrimination. Chambers select candidates solely on merit, seeking to ensure that we reflect the community that we serve.
Pupillage Selection Criteria
- Marking Applications
We usually hold two rounds of interviews. The final arrangements for the upcoming round of interviews in spring 2023 will be confirmed nearer the time, and will be notified in due course to candidates who are invited to interview.
The interview process usually includes an advocacy exercise, and a short presentation on a subject chosen by candidates from a list of topical questions relevant to Chambers’ practice areas (both of these are prepared in advance), as well as a range of unseen questions.
Answers to all the questions and exercises are marked on the basis of the following criteria: advocacy, legal knowledge, and commitment to human rights and access to justice. These criteria are weighted differently depending on the question.
All interviews are conducted by a panel of members of Chambers and are observed by an equality, diversity and inclusion monitor.
For information on our Mini-Pupillage please click here