Chambers is inviting applications for probationary tenancies (formerly known as third six pupillages). Chambers is seeking individuals who have completed pupillage elsewhere (usually within the last 12 months); who have experience of practising in the criminal courts; and who are able to demonstrate a real talent for advocacy, a commitment to our practice areas, and the determination and potential to excel at the Bar.
RLC is a busy set with its most junior members practising predominantly in the criminal courts, acting for both prosecution and defence. Tenants also work in related areas such as business crime, regulatory law, health and safety, environmental law, professional discipline, international criminal law and inquests and inquiries. RLC are therefore able to offer successful probationary tenants the opportunity to diversify into allied areas of work in the future, should they wish to. RLC Probationary tenants are not required to pay rent or clerks commission on any earnings.
Probationary tenants can expect:
• A probationary tenancy of 6 months’ duration, at the conclusion of which they may apply for tenancy
• An allocated supervisor, to assist with ongoing training, development, and wellbeing
• Opportunities to develop their drafting and legal research skills by doing work for other members of Chambers, building support for their tenancy application and ensuring that they are able to meet and work with a cross-section of Chambers’ members
• The opportunity to participate in Chambers’ in-house advocacy programme with our 18-month pupils/probationary tenants
• To be in the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court most days
• To join Chambers’ ‘Saturday Court Rota’ alongside pupils, any other probationary tenants, and our most junior tenants.
Joint Heads of Chambers Tony Shaw QC and Gillian Jones QC said:
“We pride ourselves on being a friendly, approachable set, and there will be regular opportunities to meet with members at all levels, including in an informal context. We hold regular events including talks and social networking events organised by our juniors, dinners and celebrations. We have monitoring groups that meet to discuss developments in a variety of areas of law, lectures and CPD sessions. Pupils and probationary tenants receive excellent support, training and development with a view to recruiting those who meet our standards of excellence.”
Chambers is currently in the process of refurbishing premises and plan to be in situ by May 2022.