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Pupillage:
RICHMOND CHAMBERS

Richmond Chambers LLP is currently accepting applications for 3 immigration pupillages, one commencing in September 2019 and two commencing in September 2020. 

The closing date for applications is Friday, 29 March 2019.  Please note that we do not operate as part of the Pupillage Gateway.

Each pupillage is an employed pupillage, full time and for twelve months. During the twelve months each pupil will be allocated to one or more pupil supervisors, but our pupils also have regular opportunities to work for other members of Chambers.

Pupils see a wide range of private client immigration law work including applications, appeals and judicial reviews involving investment migration, business migration, family migration, skilled worker migration, EEA free movement, nationality, human rights and asylum. Our focus on direct access work means that pupils can expect daily client contact.

The pupillage year is structured into two six month periods. The first six months is spent collaborating on a wide range of applications and appeals across all areas of personal and business immigration law, often involving complex and novel points of law. In the second six months, learning through experience continues, but the reputation of Richmond Chambers is such that our pupils can also expect to be briefed by both solicitors and members of the public in their own right.

We are committed to providing our pupils with high quality, relevant training. Our barristers provide regular feedback to our pupils in relation to all work undertaken under their supervision and we hold monthly in-house advocacy training. We also go beyond the Bar Council’s training requirements and provide the additional training that we deem necessary for a successful direct access practice.

We believe that pupillage should be about learning and gaining experience. Richmond Chambers’ pupils are not required to undertake any competitive advocacy exercises or complete any formal assessments. Nor do we require our pupils to compete against each other. We evaluate each person individually based on merit.

We are committed to recruiting new members from our pupils, after evaluation against our standards of excellence. Our recruitment and training processes are such that in the last 3 years all pupils have been offered and accepted membership of chambers at the end of their pupillage. We continue to support our new members in the early years of practice.

We offer each pupil a salary package of between £25,000 and £30,000 plus additional benefits, including 20 days paid holiday (plus bank holidays), interest free travel loan, expenses (including practising certificate fee), funding of compulsory pupillage courses required by the Bar Standards Board, a contribution towards CPD courses, access to our Chambers pension scheme and other benefits in kind. Both salary and benefits can be expected to increase substantially upon successful completion of pupillage.

“Richmond Chambers stands out from other immigration firms I have worked at due to the collegiate atmosphere and its unwavering commitment to achieving the best results for clients. Having started as a legal associate, I have had the opportunity to work closely with all of the barristers and have been pleasantly surprised at how generous each of them are with their time, guidance and advice. This has continued throughout pupillage, during which I have been encouraged to develop my own knowledge, skills and confidence. While hard work is expected, it is also valued. I have often been shooed out of Chambers in the evening, and professional and personal successes are recognised and celebrated both inside and outside of working hours.” Zarina Rahman, Pupil Barrister

Life after pupillage

We do expect high standards from our pupils and barristers.  However, all pupils who reach the high standards that we set for ourselves will benefit from the security of an employed position upon successful completion of pupillage. Compensation packages can be tailored to individual needs and circumstances, but newly qualified barristers typically enjoy the following:

  • Guaranteed basic salary paid monthly
  • Additional annual salary payment based on receipts
  • No aged debt
  • 30 days paid holiday per year, in addition to bank holidays
  • Unlimited unpaid leave
  • Working from home days
  • Flexible start/finish days
  • 6 weeks paid sabbatical leave (every 5 years)
  • Practising certificate fee paid
  • Professional insurance fee paid
  • CPD training costs paid
  • Membership of ILPA, EIN and Free Movement paid
  • Practitioner texts purchased
  • Pension scheme
  • Private medical insurance scheme
  • Interest free season ticket and travel card loans
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to employee discounts portal

How to apply for pupillage

Richmond Chambers is not in the Pupillage Gateway system.

Applications should be made using our Pupillage Application Form (word doc).  The form must be completed electronically and emailed to our HR Manager, Nancy Holland (nancy.holland@richmondchambers.com), along with any correspondence from the BSB confirming any dispensations from pupillage and a completed Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form.  We will not accept hard copy applications or consider any other material provided.  The closing date for applications is Friday, 29 March 2019.

Who should apply?

We look for pupils with excellent academic ability and a high level of motivation.

Applicants must have at least a 2:1 degree, and in addition demonstrate a commitment to the Bar, an impressive academic or employment history, and an interest in our specialist area of work.

Our successful candidates tend to be confident, articulate and interesting individuals with the right aptitude for working directly with members of the public.

Neither undertaking a mini-pupillage with us or employment as a legal associate are prerequisites for a successful pupillage application.  Applicants are encouraged to refer to our Pupillage Selection Criteria.

“For an aspiring immigration barrister such as myself, there could have been no better choice for pupillage than Richmond Chambers. The opportunity to delve deeply into all aspects of immigration law alongside expert practitioners in the field is unparalleled and ensures an excellent training ground for budding immigration barristers. Upon joining, it became apparent to me that chambers’ unique collegial atmosphere is not simply welcoming and motivational – the thorough exchange of thoughts and ideas amongst the set’s barristers is key to the high standard of legal services it offers.” Alex Papasotiriou, Pupil Barrister

Equality and diversity

We encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or belief, or disability.

Further information

If you have any questions, please contact our HR Manager, Nancy Holland (nancy.holland@richmondchambers.com).

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