Selection criteria

5 Paper Buildings seeks applicants who are highly articulate and possess strong analytical and intellectual abilities. We are looking for individuals who will fit in to the friendly working environment. We encourage our pupils to participate fully in Chambers' life, but do not expect them to do so at the expense of their outside interests.

Applicants are accordingly assessed by reference to the following criteria

  • Lively intelligence

  • Advocacy skills

  • Sound judgment

  • Written skills: presenting arguments, giving advice and drafting documents

  • Personal skills: ability to communicate with solicitors, clients and experts

  • Ability to analyse documentation and oral information, and to identify salient issues

  • Attention to detail

  • Professional stamina/capacity for hard work

  • Independence of mind

  • Tenacity

  • Ability to relate well to others

  • Ability to work both alone and as part of a team

We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates to demonstrate their suitability to become pupils, and if successful in their pupillage tenants.