Recruitment

ZENITH CHAMBERS ARE RECRUITING


Due to a significant increase of work in all our practice areas, Zenith Chambers is inviting applications from Practitioners across all levels of call to continue with the growth and development of Chambers and to meet this increasing quality workload. 

In particular, we would welcome applications for the following:  

Family Law 

  • Mid-Senior level Finance practitioners 
  • Public Law - Private Law and Court of Protection practitioners of all levels, including Third Six pupils 

Civil Law 

  • Junior practitioners up to 3 years Call and Third Six pupils 

Criminal Law 

  • Crime practitioners at any Call, in particular mid-level counsel and junior (2 – 5 years Call) 


Why join Zenith?  

  • Zenith was named ‘Chambers of the Year’ in the 2016 Yorkshire Legal Awards
  • We are renowned for our friendly and client focused approach 
  • Chambers has over 75% of members on approved Panels for specialist areas of work 
  • A set renowned for its quality of advocacy 
  • Top-class clerking 

All applications to be treated in the strictest confidence – please send your CV and covering letter to our Chief Executive -

Simon Coatsworth: scoatsworth@zenithchambers.co.uk

October 2017

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Zenith Chambers Pupillages Application Process 2017/18

In 2017 Zenith Chambers is currently advertising for one Common Law pupillage commencing in September 2019.

Zenith Chambers is one of the largest sets on the North Eastern circuit and home to many highly experienced barristers, all of whom take responsibility for providing guidance and a high quality Pupillage to talented lawyers.

This Common Law Pupillage, beginning in September 2019, will last for a period of 12 months. Pupils can expect to have two different pupillage supervisors during their 12 months and will experience the full spectrum of Common Law work, including crime, family and civil. During the second six months’ pupils will receive a variety of instructions including paperwork.

Chambers aims to ensure that our pupillages are varied and interesting and also that communication between pupils and other members of Chambers is as productive and instructive as possible.

Pupillage offers are based on upon a combination of academic merit and success at interview. Success at the short first interview gives candidates the opportunity to attend a second interview where you will be expected to answer questions in more depth and give a short advocacy exercise to a panel.

The pupillage award will be £15,000 (£7,000 award in the first six months and guaranteed minimum earnings of £8,000 in the second six months).

The decision regarding tenancy is made by the Chambers. All applications from eligible prospective pupils will be considered. Decisions regarding tenancy are usually made in August following the pupillage year.

In the 2017/2018 pupillage application round, Zenith Chambers will be using an electronic form.

The electronic form and further details regarding the application process will be posted on Chambers’ website (www.zenithchambers.co.uk) from 1 December 2017.

The deadline for applications for pupillage is 5 January 2018. Any applications received after this date will NOT be considered.

FIRST STAGE

Each application will go through a sifting process whereby the application is marked against a selection criteria by at least two Members of Chambers. Marks are averaged and we intent to invite the top ranking candidates to the first round of interview.

This selection criteria for this stage of the application process is as follows:

  1. Evidence of academic excellence;
  2. Evidence of commitment to a career at the Bar, including experience of mini-pupillage, marshalling, mooting and public speaking;
  3. Evidence of relevant legal and non-legal work experience;
  4. Evidence of commitment to the North Eastern Circuit; and
  5. The overall merit of the application/applicant.

Candidates are selected solely on merit, irrespective or race, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, martial status, age, religion, political persuasion or disability.

SECOND STAGE

The provisional date for our first round of interviews is 17 February 2018.

Two interview panels will sit on the day. Each interview will consist of general questioning and will last approximately 20 minutes. To ensure consistency the interview panels will pose similar questions reflecting the selection criteria. Candidates will then be marked against a standard set of scoring guidelines. Every effort will be made to ensure that each interview panel is made up of Members of Chambers reflecting different practice areas and levels of seniority within Chambers.

Following the first round of interviews the panels will aim to to select approximately eight to ten candidates to return for a second round interview. We are able to provide written feedback to all candidates invited to a first or second round interview.

THIRD STAGE

The provisional date for our second round interviews is 17 March 2018.

One interview panel will sit on the day. Each interview will consist of an advocacy exercise, a professional ethics question and general questioning. Each interview will last approximately 40 minutes and will be preceded by a period of half an hour for pre-interview preparation of the advocacy exercise.

In addition to the selection criteria outlined above, the interview stag of the application process will aim to assess the following:

  1. The candidate’s ability to deal with questions under pressure;
  2. The candidate’s inter-personal skills;
  3. The overall suitability of the candidate to a life at the Bar.

NOTIFICATION OF OUTCOME

Candidates will be notified of the final outcome of the application process before 30 March 2018.


Mini Pupillage

Zenith Chambers offers non-assessed work experience for a one week period. This is commonly known as a Mini Pupillage. During this time you will shadow a member of Chambers both at Court and in conferences, giving you a taste of what life would be like as a Barrister. We are unable to consider any applications from those of school age.

Applications for a mini-pupillage must be received in any given year by 31st October. If you are interested in a mini-pupillage please write to either Nathaniel Garner or Peter Yates at our Chambers with:

  • your CV

  • a covering letter  

  • details of your availability during the mini pupillage year you are applying for

Applications must be in writing. Any applications sent by email will NOT be considered.

All applicants will be told by email by the 19th December whether they have been successful or not.

Testimonials

“Meticulous in her preparation of cases."

Legal 500 (2011)

"It is plain to those who practice in the Leeds area that Zenith Chambers are highly popular with and well respected by the Court users and the Judiciary. They are very personable and approachable – nothing is too much trouble for them. As an instructing solicitor I have always felt supported and safe in the knowledge that they will assist as much as possible often in complex and emergency situations."

Legal 500 (2015)