Probationary tenancy

We are a busy set with junior members practising in the criminal courts and handling prosecution and defence, including serious crime, fraud, inquests and inquiries, regulatory and international work.

What do you offer probationary tenants?

Successful applicants benefit from:

  • A six-month probationary tenancy after which you can apply for full tenancy.
  • An assigned supervisor for ongoing training, development and wellbeing support.
  • Opportunities to enhance your drafting and legal research skills, assisting other members of chambers.
  • Engaging with a diverse cross-section of our members, including KCs and leading barristers.
  • Participating in our in-house advocacy programme.
  • Regularly attending the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court and joining the ‘Saturday Court Rota’ alongside other probationary and junior tenants.
  • Exemption from paying rent or clerks’ commission on your earnings.

What other support and learning opportunities are available?

We take pride in fostering a welcoming and accessible environment. We provide excellent support, training and development to our pupils and probationary tenants and regularly host:

  • Informative talks and lectures
  • CPD sessions
  • Monitoring groups
  • Social networking events, including dinners and celebrations

Are you accepting applications from prospective probationary tenants?

We are not currently accepting any applications for probationary tenants. This is subject to change, so please keep checking.

How do I apply to join RLC as a probationary tenant?

To apply for probationary tenancy at RLC, please email the following to:

  • Detailed CV summarising your professional background, qualifications and achievements.
  • Covering letter explaining why you are seeking a probationary tenancy at RLC, how you meet our requirements and whether you prefer a London or Chelmsford base.
  • Diary extract covering the last six months of practice.
  • References supporting your application. *
  • Completed Diversity Monitoring Form.

*Any RLC members mentioned in your application will be contacted and required to treat your application in confidence.

Please note that if we have several applicants, we will select the candidate who has overcome the most significant challenges to become a barrister.