Anti Racist Statement

We are committed to being an anti-racist Chambers. Whilst this means refraining from acting in a racially discriminatory way it goes beyond that to include taking proactive steps to confront the effects of racism. We recognise the effects of racism across society and the role that each aspect of our profession must play in challenging it.

We maintain a zero tolerance attitude to racism and through our EDO and Equality and Diversity Committee are committed to improving racial diversity within Chambers and reviewing our own policies and procedures to ensure to attract and retain practitioners, pupils and staff from diverse community.

We will regularly review our processes to ensure fairness and be open to discussions with all members of the community as to how we can make improvements. We recognise that diversity only enriches our Chambers, the profession and the wider community we work with in the north east.

Pupillage

Chambers has a history of recruiting tenants from successful pupillage applicants and offers training in both family and criminal law. All offers are advertised using the pupillage gateway. We are committed to supporting diversity within the profession and encourage applications from those who may be entering from non-traditional routes or backgrounds.

Mini-Pupillage

Mini-pupillage is the best way to find out about the day-to-day life of a barrister in private practice. A mini-pupillage at Fountain Chambers will give you an insight into life at the Bar. It is intended that most mini-pupillages will last for five days and that during that time a mini-pupil will have the opportunity to experience work with a number of tenants at all levels of seniority. Mini-pupils should generally have begun a law degree or intend to undertake a law conversion course. We regret that applications for mini-pupillage cannot be accepted from those under eighteen.

In an effort to improve access to the Bar, Chambers is pleased to offer fully and partially funded mini-pupillage commencing  January 2022 (subject to Covid restrictions). Full details can be found in the mini-pupillage policy available on the website. Applicants must satisfy eligibility criteria in order to qualify for funding. Applications for mini-pupillage in January to June should be made by 30th November and applications for mini-pupillage in July to December should be made by 30th May. Please use the application form below and return it to clerks@fountainchambers.co.uk clearly marked “Application for mini-pupillage” in the subject line.

Those wishing to undertake mini pupillage may also like to check with the Inns of Court to see if they are able to access assistance that way. Lincoln’s Inn provide funding to support travel, accommodation and the purchasing of appropriate professional clothes. Eligibility under that scheme depends on your own personal circumstances and, if in doubt, you may wish to seek guidance from the Inn but you may find the following links useful (https://www.lincolnsinn.org.uk/becoming-a-barrister/funding/)

Tenancy and Third Six

Fountain Chambers is actively looking to expand. Applications are always considered for tenancy and third six from strong candidates who have completed pupillage at other chambers.

Applicants should enclose a C.V., covering letter and any other information that would assist with consideration of their application addressed to Collette Price, Head of Chambers marked ‘confidential’.

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