Cobden House Chambers is delighted to announce that it is now recruiting for 3 fully funded 12 month pupillages, one in the Criminal Department, one in the Chancery Department and one in the Personal Injury Department.

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

The Pupillages


The criminal department's principal areas of practice lie in the Crown Court, where members both prosecute and defend in all types of cases up to and including the most serious and high-profile of criminal trials. There is no geographical boundary, but most of the department's work lies within the Northern Circuit.

Individual members additionally specialise in appellate, inquest and regulatory work.

The department also accepts and undertakes both private and publicly-funded criminal and road traffic work in the magistrates' courts.

As a department, we believe that maintaining an ethos of high quality service and professionalism is entirely compatible with the preservation of a friendly and approachable working atmosphere.

The criminal pupillage will be geared to providing the successful candidate with training in and experience of all aspects of criminal practice, with a view to establishing a strong foundation for a successful career at the criminal bar.


The Chancery pupillage will be split between the Chancery and Housing Departments to reflect the work enjoyed by the junior members of both departments.

The Chancery 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.

Individual members specialise in fields as diverse as Trusts, Commercial Leases, Directors’ Disqualification and Defamation.

A firm grounding in Real Property Law along with an interest in either Trust Law or Company Law would be of advantage to prospective candidates.

The Housing Department’s members act for both landlords and tenants in social and private sector housing. The Department’s work ranges from anti-social behaviour, homelessness and disrepair to regulatory and advisory work.

Personal Injury

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. For this pupillage, there will be a particular focus on disease work.

Within the team we have practitioners who deal with industrial accidents, disease and road traffic accident claims. 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.

Pupillage Award

Each pupil receives a total award of £25,000 comprising £9000 during the First Six and Guaranteed Earnings of £16,000 during the Second Six.


Application is by Chambers’ own Application Form can be downloaded here:-


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 Closing Date for applications is 12.00 noon on 28th January 2019.

First Round interviews will be held on Saturday 2nd March 2019.

The Second Round Chancery Pupillage interviews will be held on Friday 8th March 2019 and the Second Round Criminal Pupillage interviews will be held on Saturday 9th March 2019. Successful candidates will be notified shortly after the Second Round interviews.


The pupillage start date for both pupillages is 1st October 2019.


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.


We 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 Dan Monaghan 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:  Dan Monaghan

Direct Line:                            0161 833 6021

Mobile:                                  07980 671 017