If you are interested in tenancy opportunities at 5 St. Andrew’s Hill, please contact the Chambers Director for a confidential discussion.

5SAH Family Team: Recruiting family practitioners

5SAH is a specialist multi-practice set of barristers with a national and international reputation for excellence at providing high-quality advocacy and advice in asset forfeiture, business crime, crime, family, extradition, civil and regulatory law.

Due to the demand for our services and ever-increasing workloads, as part of our programme for further expansion, the Family Team at 5SAH are inviting applications from barristers with established practices, as well as juniors.

5SAH offers a highly competitive charging structure.

For an informal discussion please contact Dean Farlam on 0207 332 5400 or alternatively email deanfarlam@5sah.co.uk

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.


2021 Pupillage Applications

5SAH uses the Pupillage Gateway to advertise for all Pupillage vacancies. We are offering two pupillages, for 12 months, beginning in October 2021. The timetable for the Gateway is here. From 7 January 2020 at 11:00 am the application opens for pupillage vacancies via the Gateway. The closing date for our pupillage applications is 7 February 2020 at 11 am. The link to our 5SAH pupillage page on the Gateway can be accessed here.

5SAH offers two 12 month pupillages each year. We recruit through the Pupillage Portal which is now open. We run a fair selection process that aims to recruit bright candidates who also demonstrate flair and personality. The process comprises two interviews: the first includes both a general interview and a legal problem; the second takes the form of an advocacy exercise.

For more information on what life is like at 5SAH, our recruitment process and views from our most recent tenants in chambers, click here to access our 5SAH Pupillage Booklet.

Chambers is a specialist multi-practice set specialising in crime, extradition, asset recovery, family, regulatory and civil law. In the first six months, pupils will have an opportunity to undertake work in a variety of practice areas with their pupil supervisors. In the second six months, whilst the majority of work undertaken will be criminal law, pupils will also undertake work in other practice areas including family and extradition.  

The majority of the work undertaken by chambers is in the London and South East Area. 

Pupillage is usually divided into 3 periods of 4 months with 3 different pupil supervisors. 

Pupils will be paid £20,000 for the first six months with guaranteed earnings of £15,000 in the second 6 months. Pupils also receive travel costs for any travel outside of the M25 during their first 6 months. Pupils also receive travel costs for any travel outside of the M25 during their first 6 months. 

We offer a friendly, sociable and diverse working environment within a historic building with modern facilities near the Old Bailey.

5SAH has added its name to the Bar Council’s Signatories to Best Practice Guideline in relation to Third Six Pupils.

Chambers looks to recruit tenants from its pupils and has a strong record of doing so.

Any queries about pupillage can be directed to the Head of the Pupillage Committee, Francesca Levett.


Due to the impact of Covid-19 on court buildings and trials we have paused reviewing applications for mini-pupillages. Please check back on this page for updates at a later date.

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.