Pupillage - Third-Six

5SAH seeks to recruit Third-Six Pupils to their Criminal Law & Family Law teams.

5SAH is excited to announce the recruitment of two or more third-six pupils, we anticipate recruiting one to our family team and one or more to our criminal team.

The pupillages whilst separately focussed on Family & Criminal law will provide an opportunity to experience case work across all our core practice areas.

Further details of our Family law third-six recruitment can be found here. Further details of our Criminal law third-six recruitment can be found here

Pupillage at 5SAH

The following booklet and videos will help to inform your application to 5SAH, should you wish to apply to us for Pupillage:

Our Pupillages are always via the Pupillage Gateway. We are offering two 12 month Pupillages starting in October 2022. The gateway for this has now closed (8 February 2021). You can access the full timetable here.

You can also follow us on Twitter @5SAHLawLinkedin and YouTube for further updates on when we are recruiting. 


Structured into dedicated practice teams, our strategy is based upon expertise, advocacy, service, cohesion, and ambition. Supported by outstanding management, clerking, marketing and fee teams. 5SAH ethos is one of inclusivity we celebrate diversity and encourage applications from barristers from all backgrounds.

  • We always welcome applications from candidates with strong and sustainable practices in all of our core specialist areas. 

Family Team Recruitment

Applications are welcome from established and emerging practitioners with talent, drive and ambition with a family law practice. We have a strategy for growth within our family team. The past year has seen significant advances in casework and recognition across all areas of our family practice, and presents an ideal opportunity to recruit.

Family work: All aspects, including Financial Remedies, Nuptial agreements, ToLATA, International Family Law (abduction, relocation, expert reports), Children (Public & Private), Surrogacy, Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation. We work with leading international and national law firms.

The family team has significant opportunities for growth and are interested in discussing opportunities with outstanding individuals and small groups of practitioners, to include those currently employed who may be seeking a return to the self-employed bar, or solicitor advocates from the UK or other jurisdictions with rights of audience.

For a confidential discussion, please contact our Chambers Director, Dave Scothern (dscothern@5sah.co.uk or 0207 332 5401).


Please apply with your CV and covering letter providing an overview of your current practice and aspirations for your future practice to dscothern@5sah.co.uk



Our mini-pupillages have been paused due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. A reduced number of criminal trials taking place across the country. Those trials that are running are doing so in socially distanced courtrooms. As such we do not feel we can offer mini-puplliages of the quality we would like to as a Chambers. Please check back to this page for updates.

Chambers welcomes applications for mini-pupillage — a period of up to a week when those interested in pursuing a career at the Bar can spend time shadowing members of chambers. Mini-pupillages offer the chance to see the Bar at work, the different kinds of law Chambers practises and ultimately helps mini-pupils decide if they want to apply to us for pupillage.

Mini-pupillages are offered year-round however places are in high demand. Applications will be judged on merit, reasons for pursuing a career at the Bar and presentation.  We regret that due to the volume of applications only successful applicants will be contacted. We aim to respond to applications within 8 weeks.

Applicants for mini-pupillage must be aged 18 years or older.

To apply applicants should send a CV of no more than 2 pages and a cover letter of no more than 200 words addressed to the Mini-Pupillage Secretary, John McNamara, by email: minipupillage@5sah.co.uk

Financial Assistance for Mini-pupillages

5SAH may be able to offer financial assistance in the form of a bursary (either in respect of out of pocket travel or accommodation expenses) for up to 5 applicants per year, in order to assist them in attending a mini-pupillage in these Chambers.  We offer up to a maximum of £150 per mini pupil. Applications for a bursary will be assessed by the mini-pupillage secretary and will be treated in confidence.

Applicants qualifying for financial assistance are likely to be those who satisfy the following criteria:

A: Have attended a state school or college, be able to demonstrate high academic achievement, and have attended or be attending university.


B: Meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Neither of your parents went to university
  • You have received free school meals or your family has received income support
  • You have caring responsibilities
  • You were in care yourself
  • You have a disability

We will, however, consider applications made in other circumstances at our discretion. 

Should a mini-pupillage applicant wish to apply for financial assistance, please indicate this at the end of your covering letter, specifying how you meet the above criteria.