Cobden House Chambers is delighted to announce that it is now recruiting for 2 fully funded 12 month pupillages in the Personal Injury and Business and Property Departments.

The planned pupillage start date is 3rd October 2022 for both of the pupillages, but Chambers will consider a flexible starting date to accommodate successful candidates according to their personal circumstances.

Please note that it is Chambers’ policy to offer pupillage with a view to tenancy.

Chambers is committed to providing a high quality pupillage experience tailored to the needs of individual pupils and practice areas. Our pupillage program is focused on a competency based assessment framework to ensure that every pupil has the skills necessary to undertake their own work and to develop their own practice in one of the Northern Circuit’s leading multi-disciplinary sets.

The Pupillages

Personal Injury

Owing to a continuing growth and success of the department, we have decided to offer a dedicated pupillage opportunity in Personal Injury in our 2022 recruitment process.

The Personal Injury pupillage will cover all aspects of personal injury from the most modest claims involving the small claims track and MOJ portal through to the Fast track and Multi-track, including an introduction to catastrophic injury claims.

Within the team we have practitioners who deal with the full spectrum of personal injury and there will also be opportunities to gain experience in inquest work and clinical negligence work.

We ensure that the individual sees a broad range of work and styles of advocacy both written and oral.

Within the first six months the chosen individual will be asked to draft pleadings and advices as exercises to allow us monitor progress.

There will be experience gained from attendance at conferences and consultations with solicitors, lay clients, and experts.

In the second six months the individual will be able to work as an advocate but will be expected to follow their Pupil Supervisor or another member of chambers on any days or half days when not booked in their own right.

The aim of the pupillage is to provide full and appropriate training for the expected demands of commencing practice on the Northern Circuit and beyond.

Business and Property

The Business and Property Department’s members cover a broad range of traditional Chancery and commercial work although the Department as a whole has a strong reputation for Real Property work.

The Business and Property Department has a substantial overlap with the Housing Department and the pupillage will involve experiencing the work of both Departments.

Individual members specialise in fields as diverse as Trusts, Commercial Leases, Probate, Capital Taxation and Defamation.

A firm grounding in Real Property Law is essential. An interest in Trust Law, Company Law or Housing Law would be an advantage, although not essential.

The Business and Property Department pupillage will be structured to ensure that the successful candidate gains a firm grounding in both written work and advocacy, in preparation for taking on their own work during Second Six.

Pupillage Award

Each pupil receives a total award of £25,000 comprising £9,000 during the First Six and Guaranteed Earnings of £16,000 during the Second Six.


Application is by Chambers’ own Application Form.

All applications are treated in the strictest confidence and are subject to Cobden House Chambers’ Privacy Policy which can be found here:


To download the Application Form please use the following links:



If you are unable to access the above links or require a paper copy of the Application Form, please contact Chambers by telephone, post or email requesting a copy and giving a full postal address within the United Kingdom to which it can be posted.

Please read the Application Form carefully before completing it. It is essential that you clearly mark which ONE of the 2 pupillages you wish to apply for on the front page of the form.


Our preferred method of submission is by email to pupillage@cobden.co.uk

If you wish to post your completed application form please mark your envelope ‘Pupillage Application’.


The recruitment process will be conducted in accordance with the mandatory pupillage timetable.

Applications can be submitted from 11.00 on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

The Closing Date for applications is 14.00 on 9th February 2022.

First Round interviews will be held on Saturday 2nd April 2022.

Second Round interviews on Friday 8th April 2022.

The successful candidate will be notified in accordance with the timetable.

Please note, the interview timetable may have to be adjusted to accommodate any Covid-19 restrictions that are in force at the relevant time.


The planned pupillage start date is 3rd October 2022 for both pupillages, but Chambers will consider a flexible starting date to accommodate successful candidates according to their personal circumstances.


We welcome applications from ANY suitably qualified candidate irrespective of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or social background. All applications are anonymised prior to assessment and our recruitment process is conducted in accordance with the Bar Council guidelines.



The Criminal Department at Cobden House Chambers comprises a close knit team of specialist members. Owing to an increase in work load, we invite applications from established practitioners who specialise in all aspects of Crime and Regulatory work.

We also welcome applications from solicitors with relevant experience looking to transfer to the Bar.

If you are interested in joining a chambers who have enjoyed significant organic growth over recent years to become one of the leading sets of chambers in the North and who enjoy a reputation for being forward thinking, modern and approachable then please send a letter of application with a CV which will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence to:

Martin Leech

Director of Clerking

0161 833 6880


Alternatively The Director of Clerking can be contacted for an informal and confidential discussionWe welcome applications from established practitioners which will be considered by our recruitment panel in accordance with our Equality and Diversity policy.


Applications should be sent to the Director of Clerking, Martin Leech: martin.leech@cobden.co.uk – Alternatively please call Martin Leech or his Deputy Steven Tobias for an informal discussion. 

All communication / applications are treated in the strictest confidence.

Contact Details:-

Director of Clerking:             Martin Leech

Direct Line:                           0161 833 6880

Mobile:                                  07791 519 124

Deputy Director of Clerking:  Steven Tobias

Direct Line:                            0161 833 6882

Mobile:                                  07583 019834