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We’re constantly seeking to strengthen our immigration team in order to maintain our success and ensure that we’re best placed to serve the legal needs of our clients. We’re currently recruiting for the following positions:
Pupillage - Covent Garden, London
Job Title: Pupil Barrister
Term: 12 Month Fixed Term, Full Time
Location: Covent Garden, London
Richmond Chambers LLP is currently accepting applications for two immigration pupillages, one commencing in March/April 2020 and one commencing in September 2020.
Applications must be submitted by 4pm on Friday, 31st January 2020 for pupillage commencing in March 2020 and Tuesday, 31st March 2020 for pupillage commencing in September 2020. 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 monthly 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)
- Generous maternity / paternity / parental leave policy
- 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 (email@example.com), by 4pm on Friday, 31st January 2020 for pupillage commencing in March 2020 and Tuesday, 31st March 2020 for pupillage commencing in September 2020, along with any correspondence from the BSB confirming any dispensations from pupillage and a completed Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form (word doc). We will not accept hard copy applications or consider any other material provided.
Applicants are advised to read the guidance note and our selection criteria carefully.
We will acknowledge all applications but, due to the high number of applications likely to be received, we will only correspond thereafter with applicants who are selected to progress to the next stage.
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.
If you have any questions, please contact our HR Manager, Nancy Holland (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Immigration Legal Associates - Covent Garden, London
Job Title: Immigration Legal Associate
Term: Permanent or 12 Month Fixed Term, Full Time
Location: Covent Garden, London
We’re currently recruiting for immigration legal associates to join our immigration team. This is an exciting opportunity for suitably qualified and experienced graduates looking to gain or further experience of UK immigration law and the modern immigration bar.
Richmond Chambers LLP is an award-winning partnership of specialist immigration barristers. Established in 2013 as the first barrister-only immigration law firm, our barristers specialise in all aspects of personal and business immigration law, including investment migration, family migration, skilled migration, sponsor licensing and compliance, EEA free movement, nationality law and human rights. Our clients include private individuals and corporates, both within the UK and overseas.
We undertake the full range of privately funded immigration work, from preparing initial applications to the Home Office through to administrative reviews, appeals and judicial reviews before the immigration tribunals and higher courts. All our barristers share a core commitment to providing high quality immigration law advice and representation directly to members of the public.
Chambers currently has 12 barrister members and 2 pupils, supported by a team of legal associates and business services professionals.
The Position – Immigration Legal Associate
As a legal associate, you will work closely with, and in support of, our immigration barristers, assisting with visa applications, immigration appeals and judicial reviews across all areas of personal and business immigration law, including on cases involving complex and novel points of law.
This will be a hands on role where you will shadow and support our immigration barristers with their casework under supervision. Your responsibilities will include: liaising with potential new clients, attending conferences, taking instructions, completing application and appeal forms, preparing application and appeal bundles, drafting correspondence and legal representations and attending visa application appointments and appeal hearings.
Our focus on direct access immigration work means that you will have a high level of client contact and responsibility from day one. You will be expected to keep up-to-date with changes to immigration law and policy.
This role will develop and challenge you, providing you with a wealth of hands-on experience working alongside some of the UK’s leading immigration barristers in an innovative immigration law firm.
Chambers offers a friendly and supportive working environment. Our legal associates receive excellent training from both the barristers that they work alongside and through attending in-house and external training courses.
Our legal associates are eligible to apply for a Richmond Chambers Scholarship. This is a financial award to assist with completing the vocational stage of training to become an immigration barrister.
Our legal associates are also eligible to apply for pupillage and have previously been successful in our open pupillage competitions. However, employment as a legal associate does not guarantee an offer of pupillage. We do not offer training contracts, but our legal associates have gone on to secure positions within leading solicitor firms based on experience gained with us.
The ideal candidate will have the following attributes:
- A good academic background with a minimum 2:1 degree, preferably in Law;
- Excellent English language skills, both verbal and written;
- A pro-active and self-motivated attitude;
- Strong attention to detail and a commitment to providing exceptional client care;
- The ability to work independently and be a pro-active member of the team;
- Exceptional organisational skills and the ability to maintain high professional standards of work, including when working to strict deadlines;
- Strong IT skills, including experience of Apple computers and cloud-based technology platforms.
The following are desirable but not essential:
- Experience of immigration law, ideally with a leading national or London law firm with an established immigration law team or a top rank immigration consultancy;
- Completed the BPTC or LPC;
- IAAS Level 1 or Level 2 accreditation.
What We Offer
Compensation packages can be tailored to individual needs and circumstances, but our legal associates typically enjoy the following:
- A competitive annual salary paid monthly;
- 20 days paid holiday, increasing by 1 day per year to a maximum of 25 days (plus bank holidays);
- Unlimited unpaid leave;
- Annual interest free travel loan;
- Subscriptions to online practitioner resources fully paid;
- Training, by both in-house and external providers;
- Discretionary budget available to fund ongoing professional development;
- Membership of a pension scheme;
- Private medical health insurance.
How To Apply
Applications should be made by completing our Legal Associate Application Form and Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form. The completed forms should be emailed to our HR Manager, Nancy Holland (email@example.com). All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Applicants are encouraged to read our Legal Associate Selection Criteria before applying.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 31st March 2020.
If you do not hear from us within 14 days then you may assume that your application has not been successful. Due to the high number of applications that we receive it will not be possible to provide individual feedback.
Richmond Chambers LLP is an equal opportunities employer and complies with both the SRA and BSB equality and diversity guidelines.
Immigration Barrister - Covent Garden, London
Job Title: Immigration Barrister
Term: Permanent Full-Time or Dual Practice
Location: Covent Garden, London
We’re currently inviting applications from talented and aspiring immigration barristers of all levels of call to join our immigration team.
If you’re a barrister practising immigration law and are interested in doing things differently, we’d like to hear from you. You’ll need to be able to demonstrate academic excellence and have an established immigration practice. We’re looking for talented, progressive barristers with an ability, aptitude and enthusiasm for working directly with members of the public.
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