In this section of our website you can find out about any vacancies for tenants, staff, pupils, mini-pupils and related recruitment policies and application procedures.

Application procedure for tenancy vacancies and Exceptional Candidate policy.

Application procedure for pupillages.

Application procedure for mini-pupillages.

Staff vacancies.

Equal opportunities
Chambers operates an equal opportunities policy and is committed to diversity amongst its members and staff. We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates to demonstrate their suitability for any vacant position. We aim to treat all candidates fairly, irrespective of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability and age.

Tenancy at Garden Court North 

In line with our continuing expansion policy we would like to invite applications from experienced* Criminal, Court of Protection and Immigration law practitioners.

We are situated in Blackfriars House, which is located in the heart of Manchester. Our premises has a custom-built layout with fantastic conference and meeting facilities, enabling superior service to clients and supporting co-operative working practices amongst our barristers.

*  Court of Protection and Immigration law – 5 years call or equivalent post qualification experience.

*  Criminal law – 10 years call or equivalent post qualification experience.

Applications should be submitted with CV and at least two references to the Tenancy Committee, Garden Court North Chambers, 3rd Floor, Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester, M3 2JA.

The closing date is 27th January 2017.

Chambers operates an equal opportunities policy and is committed to diversity amongst its Members. We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates to demonstrate their suitability for the position.

Outside of any advertised recruitment rounds, Chambers will consider applications for tenancy from any candidates who meet the criteria of our Exceptional Candidate Policy.

In order to meet those criteria, candidates will have to demonstrate the following:

1. The ability to grasp complex issues and concepts and think on his or her feet; and

2. The ability to present clear, concise and logical arguments and express himself or herself confidently and articulately; and

3. Previous experience of and interest in one or more areas of law in which Chambers specialises; and

4. An up to date knowledge of current legal issues and any recent changes in the law of one or more of the areas in which Chambers specialises; and

5. Commitment to Chambers’ founding principles and in particular to working with and for those who are disadvantaged by poverty and discrimination; and either

6. That he or she is an established practitioner who has a good practice which would be likely to continue if he or she was a tenant at Chambers; or

7. That he or she is an outstanding applicant without a current practice (that is one who is at the start of his or her practice, or has relevant experience in a different part of this jurisdiction, another jurisdiction, or other legal discipline) and who is very likely to build a thriving practice as a tenant in these Chambers within a reasonable period of time.

Anyone wishing to apply for tenancy under the exceptional candidate procedure should send their CV and a covering letter in confidence to the Chambers Director, Sarah Wright, Chambers Director, Garden Court North Chambers, 3rd Floor, Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester M3 2JA. Tel: 0161 817 6377, Fax: 0161 817 6373, E-mail: gcn@gcnchambers.co.uk.

Chambers is committed to equal opportunities in its recruitment. 

We also welcome informal enquiries from those who would like more information or who are otherwise not ready to make an application.

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Pupillage at Garden Court North for 2018

Garden Court North Chambers will be recruiting through the Pupillage Gateway.

Pupillage: About us

Garden Court North Chambers is strongly committed to publicly funded work on behalf of individuals who have suffered discrimination or other hardship. We specialise in criminal, housing, immigration and employment law although at present pupillage will not be offered in criminal or employment law. We also cover civil actions against the police, prison law, public law (including Judicial Review), community care, mental health and education law. In all areas of our work we have a particular interest in cases with civil liberties and human rights implications.

Pupillage: About you

We are looking for pupils who are attracted by the ethos of chambers and who wish to specialise in or are interested in these areas of work. In particular we are looking for candidates who are committed to the ethos of these chambers and who are able to demonstrate that commitment through their activities.

Pupillage: What we offer

We will discuss with successful applicants the area(s) of law that they have a particular interest in and, where possible will ensure that they can cover those areas during pupillage. It is however important to treat pupillage as an opportunity to gain experience in more than one specialist area of law to give pupils a better chance of building a successful practice.

We have modern premises in the centre of Manchester and can offer high quality training to those who share our commitment to our principles in a friendly and informal atmosphere.  We usually offer two pupillage places with awards of £17,000 each. Applications are to be made through the Pupillage Portal. In the second 6 months pupils can expect to be very busy and to be in court several days each week.

Pupillage: Want to know more?

The Chambers' policy on pupillage can be accessed from this page as can an introduction to pupillage at Garden Court North.

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Mini-pupillage at Garden Court North

Garden Court North Chambers will aim to offer mini pupillages at three points during the year. 

We do not expect applicants for pupillage to have completed a mini-pupillage with us, nor do we place any great weight on the fact that applicants have undertaken multiple mini-pupillages. We believe that the proper function of mini-pupillage is to help potential applicants to the Bar to decide whether in fact they do want to pursue a career in the law, whether they want to become a barrister or a solicitor, and what area of law interests them.

Each of our mini pupillage sessions lasts two weeks. We take one or two pupils the first week, and one or two the second week. The length of the mini-pupillage is either two/three days or five days. We offer a shorter mini-pupillage to ensure that those with, for example, work or childcare commitments, can feasibly take part. We may sometimes have to change dates due to last minute changes in court hearings, barrister availability etc.

The mini-pupillage will aim to offer opportunities to observe barristers in court/and or conference and a chance to speak about pupillage applications, work experience and the work we do.

Applicants must be 18 years old or more and we will give preference to those who have not undertaken a mini-pupillage or other legal work experience before and/or express a specific interest in the areas of law we undertake. We will also take into account whether the applicant comes from a lower income background, using the indicator of whether s/he received free school meals.

If you are interested in a mini-pupillage please fill in the form by following this link.

Only applications made in this way will be considered. Please do not send us any other documentation. There is no limit on the number of applications that can be made so if there is no availability for one session you are welcome to apply for the next.

Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail and must confirm acceptance within 7 days failing which the place will be offered to another applicant. Successful applicants will be required to sign a conduct and confidentiality agreement before commencement of the mini-pupillage.

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Staff vacancies at Garden Court North

Fees Assistant Vacancy - Closing Date Friday 28th April 2017

Salary  £19,000 per annum

Garden Court North Chambers is a successful and expanding Chambers, specialising in Crime, Social Housing, Immigration, Personal Injury and Public Law and has a strong commitment to human rights and civil liberties.

We invite applications for the position of Fees Assistant.

Duties include administering and reviewing fee chasing procedures for both publicly and privately funded cases; monitoring of public funding certificates and representation orders; generating, monitoring and distributing reminder fee notes and letters; generating, monitoring and distributing DTJ and payment on account applications and managing barrister’s fees within the CCMS system; and managing barrister’s aged debts.

Previous fees clerk/assistant experience within a barrister’s chambers is desirable.

To apply for the position, please complete the Application Form and Monitoring Form below, where you will also find a full Person Specification for the post. 

Chambers operates an equal opportunities policy and is happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates to demonstrate their suitability for the above position.

 

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