Since its inception Lincoln House has relied upon organic growth through careful and cautious recruitment. If you have any queries about recruitment at Lincoln House then please contact the Director of Clerking or our Chambers Diirector, either by post, e-mail or telephone. Contact details can be found on our ‘Contact’ page.
Lincoln House Chambers welcomes applications for pupillage from intelligent, enthusiastic and diligent people committed to a career at the Bar practising on the Northern Circuit. All pupillages are offered via the Pupillage Portal (the online pupillages application scheme) and applications should be submitted in the Summer round. See http://www.pupillages.com for further details.
Chambers generally offers between 1 and 3 funded pupillages every year, depending on the quality of the candidates. Applications are considered by our pupillage committee. Successful applicants will be invited for a first round interview during which applicants are expected to argue in favour of one of five given propositions of a legal and political nature.
Where it is felt that Chambers’ decision as to the recruitment of pupils would benefit from a second / third interview round, it shall be open to the committee to invite candidates back for a second / third interview which will last a full day. During that day applicants will be expected to deliver a plea in mitigation and draft a written piece of work. The aim of the day is to assess applicants and to give as many members of Chambers the opportunity to meet them as possible. A decision will then be taken by the pupillage committee as to which applicant(s), if any, we would like to invite to join chambers as a pupil.
All reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed to applicants who are invited for interview(s).
Pupils receive a £6,000 tax-free non-refundable grant during their first six months (non-practising) of pupillage whilst they are shadowing their pupilmaster and are guaranteed earnings (not receipts) of at least £8,000 during the second six months of pupillage once they are on their feet. In our experience our pupils have always earned in excess of the minimum guaranteed earnings limit. Chambers will also ensure that a close eye is kept on any expenses that are incurred during the year. We are aware that pupils ordinarily have to do a great deal of travelling during their pupillage and we always take this into consideration.
Each pupil will be allocated their own pupil supervisor for the duration of their pupillage. Chambers hopes that each pupil will develop a close relationship with their pupilmaster who is there to guide them through their first year in Chambers and beyond.
Pupillages at Lincoln House are offered “with a view to tenancy”. By this we mean that our pupils are not in competition with one another. At the end of the year each pupil is invited to apply for tenancy. If they do so, they will be considered against fixed criteria and not against the quality of any other pupil. Applications for tenancy are considered by a meeting of all members of Chambers.
Any questions regarding pupillage in Chambers should be directed to David Wright, Director of Clerking. Questions posed may be referred to Kevin Donnelly, the head of the Pupillage Committee.
Third-six pupillage applications will be considered and should be sent to David Wright, Director of Clerking with the envelope marked “Application”.
Lincoln House Chambers invites applications from outstanding practitioners of all Calls practising in the areas of law in which Chambers specialises.
Applications should include a covering letter with curriculum vitae outlining your specialist area and giving examples of cases that you have been involved in. The envelope should be marked "Private & Confidential/Application" and sent for the attention of the Head of Chambers, Mukhtar Hussain Q.C. , Chambers Director, Jonathan Maskew or the Director of Clerking, David Wright.
All applications will be dealt with in a strictly confidential manner and we will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible. Applications will ordinarily be considered by a full meeting of Chambers.
The members of Lincoln House Chambers are fully aware of the Bar Council's Code of Conduct and fully comply with the Bar Standards Board Equality and Diversity Code.
Due to the incredibly high demand for mini-pupillages with Lincoln House Chambers, the available mini-pupillage placements within Chambers have all been allocated until January 2013. As such, we are no longer accepting applications for mini-pupils in 2012. We will open applications again in February 2013. Please do not send any CVs into Chambers until this date.
Mini-pupillages can be organised within Chambers for those people who are over 18 years old and interested in a career at the Bar. They normally last for 3 days and involve going to Court with the barristers, meeting Solicitors and clients and attending conferences (with the Solicitor's and client's consent). You will be able to discuss a career at the Bar with the members of Chambers as well as speaking to a Clerk about how Chambers operates. We will try and guarantee a full day at Court but it is not always possible to predict exactly how cases will run.
Applications should include a covering letter and CV and be sent to Daniel Thomas in Chambers. Please be aware that we are inundated with applications for mini-pupillage and we have to prioritise people who are specifically looking at a career at the Bar.
If you have any queries about any of these aspects then please do not hesitate to contact David Wright.