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5SAH Family Team: Recruiting family practitioners

5 St Andrew’s Hill 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.


5 St Andrew's Hill is recruiting for our 2020 Pupillage vacancies. The deadline for our 2020 pupillages is the 7 February 2019 at 11 am.  Please apply via the pupillage gateway which goes live from 28 November 2018.

5 St Andrew’s Hill 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.

Chambers is a specialist multi-practice set. Although the bulk of our work is criminal, we also undertake extradition, asset recovery, family and civil law. Whilst this is a criminal pupillage, there will be opportunities for pupils to undertake part of their pupillage with pupil supervisors who practice in these other practice areas. 

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.


From 1 October 2018 we will be accepting applications for mini-pupillages commencing in 2019. 

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.