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.
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.
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 welcomes applications from suitably experienced individuals to join our outstanding team.
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.
About pupillage at One Pump Court
We offer 12-month pupillages funded by way of a grant for the London living wage, 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
Applicants are awarded marks in each of the four criteria:
- Written Communication and Presentation
- Academic Achievement
Applicants are marked on the basis of both their legal and non-legal experience, where skills developed or used would have application to practice at the bar. For example, this includes: developing legal knowledge; client-focused skills; public speaking or other forms of advocacy; knowledge and experience in related areas.
- Commitment to Human Rights and Access to Justice
Applicants are marked on the extent to which they can evidence, by specific examples, their commitment to human rights and access to justice.
All applications are marked in accordance with our criteria by at least two members of Chambers.
We usually hold two rounds of interviews. During the pandemic, interviews were held remotely and as a result we decided to proceed with only one round. The candidates were also asked to complete a written exercise. The final arrangements for the upcoming round of interviews in spring 2022 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.
Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, our Chambers have decided to cancel all Mini Pupillages until further notice.
We ask that you withhold any applications and check our website for updates as to when we will be accepting them in the future.
We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Abby Greensmith at email@example.com.