Because we’re so much in demand, we’re very actively recruiting
We’d like to hear from strong practitioners who relish interesting and challenging work – and in return we think you’ll like our ethos, friendly camaraderie and exceptional clerking. And you’ll be pleased to know we have a good track record of people progressing in both Silk and to the bench.
The Bank House advantages
- We’re the only independent set in Sheffield, so you’ll have the freedom to build both your experience and your profile as you wish.
- We are very much trusted by solicitors. They know our members are talented and that we offer outstanding support.
- Our clerks are so good that they get name-checked in the journals, which speaks volumes. Yet our clerking fees are surprisingly competitive.
- We own the freehold on our building, so you can build up a share in its value. Our ground rent is very competitive and we don’t require any up-front payments.
- We welcome people with prior careers. We were the first chambers in Sheffield to accept higher court advocates in support of their conversion to the Bar, for example.
- We’re within easy reach of multiple court centres: beside Sheffield, you can easily be in court in Nottingham, Mansfield, Bradford, Leeds, Derby, Lincoln, York, Grimsby and Hull. Having said that, we regularly appear in Birmingham and London.
- You’ll be taken care of. We have a wellbeing officer plus policies and initiatives to make sure we all get the balance right and that we all look out for one another.
- We pride ourselves on our growing diversity – and we’re proud to have the first BME QC in Sheffield.
- We accept Public Access work, if that’s of interest to you.
- You’ll be very welcome to share in the running of chambers.
What’s your situation?
You’ll have plans for how you’d like your practice and specialisms to develop. We’d love to hear those plans, and we’ll do our best to support you in achieving them.
If you did something else before becoming a barrister, we value the experience and insight you bring (especially if you’ve worked for the police or a law firm). We’ll help you to develop your career; after all, we were the first chambers to accept higher court advocates in support of their conversion to the Bar.
Returning to work
We’re sensitive to the needs of barristers retuning to work after a sabbatical, maternity/raising children, or illness. We can be very flexible and will be led by you: we understand you won’t want to take on too much too soon.
If you’ve completed (or are about to complete) your pupillage elsewhere, and are looking for tenancy, we welcome your application.
How to apply
You’re welcome to make a tentative enquiry or just go straight for sending us your CV along with a covering letter. Please get in touch with James Gould, our Head of Pupillage and Recruitment, or our Senior Clerk Wayne Digby. Needless to say, your approach – whether informal or formal – will be treated in the strictest of confidence.