Joining Chambers as an Established Practitioner
We welcome and invite applications to join Chambers from established practitioners, particularly those of over ten years call or tax experience. We are open to approaches from practitioners who have qualified and commenced practice elsewhere, whether at the Bar or in a solicitors or accountancy practice.
Any application should be addressed to Mrs Amanda Hardy QC and will be treated in strict confidence. Initial informal approaches by telephone or email are also welcomed.
Our reputation is founded on the quality of our specialist advice and advocacy, and we place great emphasis on the training of pupils and on our junior tenants acquiring as much experience as possible in the initial years of practice.
Our philosophy regarding pupillage is that it should only be offered where there is a firm expectation that the candidate has the necessary capabilities for practice at the Revenue Bar and that the pupillage will result in an offer of tenancy.
Although we do not require candidates to have an in depth knowledge of the UK tax code, applicants should expect a rigorous examination of their intellectual and analytical capabilities at the interview stage. This approach has resulted in our last three pupils becoming junior tenants.
We believe that pupils should be involved in every aspect of their pupil supervisor’s work. We give our pupils a rounded overview of a barrister’s role, and aim to equip them for the legal and practical challenges they will face in tax practice.
You will be involved in every aspect of your pupil supervisor’s practice, obtaining an overview of the advisory and litigation processes at the Revenue Bar. Pupils attend conferences with clients and are encouraged to discuss the strategic, procedural and ethical elements of cases with their supervisors.
Pupils are also encouraged to work with other members of chambers, both QCs and juniors.
We currently offer a pupillage award of £40,000 for twelve months.
Applications for Third Six Pupillage
Old Square Tax Chambers is inviting applications for third six pupillage from candidates with experience in the commercial and/or chancery fields. The pupillage is offered with a view a tenancy at the end of the six months and will commence in October 2017.
Old Square Tax Chambers is a set specializing in revenue law and any applicant will ultimately be expected to develop their practice in this area. Prior experience is not necessary although a good grounding in general law and an interest revenue law is. Many of our existing tenants have come to Chambers without any prior experience in tax and have gone on to establish themselves in the area.
As we are recruiting from those without prior revenue law experience, the pupillage will largely be non-practicing. As a consequence it comes with an award of £25,000. Furthermore, if the successful applicant is offered tenancy, Chambers will guarantee earnings of £50,000 for the first year of practice.
Applications should be made by 1 September 2017 (or by 15 September 2017 if an early application is not practical) way of CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. They should include information on the work they have experienced and undertaken in pupillage to date.
Mini pupillages offer a useful opportunity to sample life in Chambers and obtain a flavour of the type of work we undertake and our approach to it. A mini-pupillage is not necessary in order to apply for pupillage, although potential applicants may find it a useful experience.
Applications for mini pupillage must be made to Ms Harriet Brown, with a CV either by letter or by e-mail to email@example.com.
Chambers is committed to the principles of equality of opportunity irrespective of colour, race, disability, age, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion, sex, marital status or sexual orientation. A full version of our equal opportunities policy can be obtained from Chambers.