Chambers is actively seeking established practitioners, particularly 5+ years’ call, to join our busy Family team.

Our teams have expertise across the full range of criminal and family law, we act throughout the South East, and the UK. Chambers runs the latest barrister software enabling full remote working, and we offer the highest level of clerking service to our members and professional clients.

Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and should be sent to Richard Barton, Joint Head of Chambers, ""

If you are an established Practitioner and are looking to move to a set of Chambers that offers you the administrative and professional support required to enhance your practice then please contact us.

At the first instance call our Senior Clerk, Sean Gould on 07709498682, all conversations are treated in the strictest of confidence.

Chambers offer a limited number of mini-pupillages each year. A candidate for a mini pupillage should have completed the first year of their degree.

Applications may be sent in writing to Sean Gould Senior Clerk Please include your CV and a covering letter including preferred dates for a placement with Chambers. Due to the nature of the work undertaken applicants must be aged 18 or over.

Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 we will not be accepting applications until further notice.

Timetable for applications

Applications accepted from 11.00am on 4th January 2021 until 11.00am 8th February 2021

Single round interview in March-April 2021 (exact dates will confirmed in letters inviting you to interview).

Offers will be made at 9am on 7th May 2021, offers will remain open for 14 days.

About us

Westgate Chambers was established in 1987 and now consists of more than 40 barristers based in Lewes and operate throughout the South East and beyond. Chambers is proud of its reputation for excellence and amenability. As a pupil you will be welcomed into the team and invited to join members at regular Chambers and circuit events.


The pupillage is divided in to 3 periods of 4 months supervision. The work undertaken will be mainly in criminal and family law. We actively encourage periods of work experience during your First Six with outside agencies such as the Crown Prosecution Service and local authorities.

You will benefit from a rigorous training programme that can be tailored to pupils’ areas of interest. In your first six you will participate in regular workshops which will focus on common applications and drafting. In your second six you will undertake assessments in Crime, Family and Civil. 

Work in your Second Six

Chambers are a very busy common law set. You will have the opportunity to practice in all areas of Chamber’s work and can expect to appear frequently in the Magistrates prosecuting, defending and representing clients in the family courts. You will also have opportunity to work in the Crown Court and will undertake civil actions in the County Court.


Your Pupillage award will be circa £16,500. Chambers awards a grant of circa £8,250 plus circa £8,250 guaranteed earnings per annum. You will receive this in monthly instalments.

How to apply

Please complete the application form and send it with a CV of no more than 2 pages covering letter and the diversity monitoring questionnaire to:

Read Pupillage Policy Here

Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 we will not be accepting paper applications this year.