Pupillage Details 

 

Pupillage start date
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October 2022

Length of pupillage

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12 months

 

Location

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South Eastern Circuit

South Eastern Circuit (London)

 

Financial support level

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£20,000 - £29,999

 

Minimum degree class

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Lower Second Class (2:2)

 

Number of pupillages availableUp to two. 

 

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General

Lloyds PR Solicitors are pleased to announce that they have decided to offer pupillage once more. For the year of 2022 there are up to two 12 month pupillage starting in October 2022. Lloyds PR Solicitors predominantly work in criminal defence, having built an excellent reputation in the field, and working on high profile cases throughout England and Wales. Lloyds PR Solicitors have two in house barristers, both of whom are pupil supervisors, and also enjoy excellent relationships, working with chambers throughout the country.

The pupillage focuses not only on excellence in advocacy, but on being an excellent lawyer with excellent analytical skills, and will cover the following areas:

  • Legal Knowledge
  • Analytical skills
  • Working with experts
  • Client care
  • Ethics
  • Advocacy
  • Case preparation
  • As well as crime, there is likely to be an element of regulatory work included in the pupillage

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • A strong academic back ground (Lower second class degree or higher)
  • Excellent legal knowledge
  • Commitment to working as a team
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent communication Skills
  • Excellent client care skills
  • Excellent advocacy skills (demonstrated through previous work or positions held, such as mooting or debating competitions)
  • A solid commitment and interest in criminal defence, perhaps demonstrated by previous work or work experience such as mini pupillages

 

Structure

Lloyds PR Solicitors offer 12 month pupillages. Upon successful completion of the 12 month pupillage, pupils are invited to apply for the position of being an employed barrister with the firm. Pupillage may also be terminated at the end of the 12 month period by either the pupil or the firm.

Pupils will enjoy the benefit of two pupil supervisors during the pupillage. They shall work predominantly in London and Hertfordshire, however the needs of the work may require, on occasion, travel to any court house, prison or other establishment within England and Wales.

The pupillage will be based at our London office, 11 Station Road, Harlesden, NW10 4UJ.

In addition the pupil will be exposed to the breadth of experience of our solicitors, who have combined experiences of dealing with some of the most complicated and serious cases in the country.

During the first six months the pupil shall train alongside the pupil supervisors, preparing cases, learning how to analyse cases and comply with their ethical duties within real life cases. They shall also observe their pupil supervisor in court, and undertake in house advocacy training with the firms trainee and junior  solicitors.

During the second six months of the pupillage, the pupil shall conduct advocacy at court, and can expect to be in the magistrates court most days, and the crown court on some occasions. Although the pupil will start to develop their own practice, they shall work closely with their supervisor throughout.

 

Pupillage Programme

Lloyds PR Solicitors are a Lexcel accredited firm, and the firm have written policies in place relating to the following:

  • Equality and diversity
  • Behaviour in the work place
  • Client care
  • Flexible working
  • Complaints handling
  • Anti- Money Laundering
  • IT systems and processes
  • Ethics
  • The structure of the firm

The pupil will be trained in the policies of the firm during their induction period at the beginning of the pupillage and those policies shall apply equally to all members of the firm, including the pupil.

In addition our pupillage training programme should be read in conjunction with the written office policies. It has also been drafted in accordance with the following:

The four key requirements of the Authorisation Framework, namely:

a. Flexibility;
b. Accessibility;
c. Affordability; and
d. High standards.

It has also been drafted in accordance with:

a. The Professional Statement, Threshold Standard and Competences;
b. The Curriculum and Assessment Strategy;
c. The Bar Qualification Manual
d. The BSB Handbook
e. The Equality Act 2010;
f. The BSB Equality Rules for BSB Authorised Bodies;
g. Supporting information on the Equality Rules of the BSB Handbook.

 

Advocacy

Our in house team provide advocacy training to all members of the firm who attend court. It focuses on:

  • Building confidence
  • Good presentation styles
  • Referring to written documents
  • Referring to exhibits
  • Legal knowledge

A series of in house lectures and training groups are held every year. We also have guests from outside who come in to train our members in advocacy as well as other areas.

 

Funding

Lloyds PR Solicitors offer remuneration of £20,000 for the 12 month period of pupillage. This is paid using the PAYE scheme and is divided into 12 equal payments, paid on the last Friday of every month.

In addition Lloyds PR Solicitors refund all reasonable work related travel on a monthly basis.

In addition Lloyds PR Solicitors shall pay for all compulsory courses.

Lloyds PR Solicitors shall provide the pupil with a laptop and mobile phone for work purposes. These items remain the property of the firm and are to be used for work purposes only.

 

Details of how to apply

Prerequisites Before Applying

Prior to applying for pupillage all candidates must:

  1. Have completed or be scheduled to complete either a law degree or GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law - law conversion course for those who have completed a non-law undergraduate degree); AND
  2. Be scheduled to complete, prior to commencement of pupillage, the BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) or another England and Wales bar qualification (e.g. Bar Transfer Test).
  3. Be allowed to legally work in the United Kingdom.

 

PREREQUISITES FOR PUPILLAGE

Prior to applying for pupillage all candidates must:

Have completed or be scheduled to complete either a law degree (2:2 or higher) or any other degree (2:2 or higher) in combination with the GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law - law conversion course for those who have completed a non-law undergraduate degree); AND

Be scheduled to complete, prior to commencement of pupillage, the BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) or another England and Wales bar qualification (e.g. Bar Transfer Test).

The successful applicant will be required to produce to the firms satisfaction, documentary evidence of the following before commencement of pupillage:

  1. That the academic and vocational training components have been satisfactorily completed within the 5 year limit.
  2. That the pupil is a member of an Inn.
  3. That the pupil has been Called to the Bar.
  4. Immigration visas have been obtained, where relevant.
  5. Waivers have been granted by the BSB, where relevant.
  6. The successful applicant is asked to complete a DBS check which the firm shall pay for. Refusal to complete a DBS check is likely to result in the offer of pupillage being withdrawn.

 

APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED:

Candidates submit a CV and covering letter directly to the firm at recruitment@lloydspr.com.

 

INITIAL SELECTION:

The selection process is overseen by the Pupillage Committee, which consists of at least two members of the firm, including at least one partner and one barrister. They follow our fair recruitment procedure. All CVs and covering letters are reviewed using a standardised, scoring procedure.

In the event of disagreement between members, a Partner who has not yet seen the application will assess the application and his decision will prevail.

 

INTERVIEW:

Approximately 10 candidates will be invited for interview.

The number of interview rounds is two.

 Each member of the interviewing panel has received “Fair Recruitment” training. The interview panel shall consist of at least three senior members of the firm. At least one shall be a partner and at least one shall be a practising barrister. Candidates will be advised in advance of the interview as to its structure. This will be provided shortly before the interview.

The features of the interviews are:

 

Interview ​One

  1. Each candidate will be asked exactly the same topical questions. This is to create a level playing field and to allow each candidate to display individuality and the core qualities being assessed.
  2. The candidates will be asked questions about their personal CV/ covering letter.
  3. The candidates will be asked about their career choice, why they are applying to the firm, and any other factors deemed relevant to their application with the firm.
  4. Each candidate will have the opportunity to ask any questions of the interviewing committee at the conclusion of the interview. Throughout the interview process interviewers will use a standardised scoring procedure to try and make the process as fair as possible. The marks for each candidate at all stages are kept in confidence.

 

The topical questions require no specific knowledge. Candidates are however expected to have an interest in, and general understanding of, legal matters, and criminal legal matters in particular. These exercises are designed to test intellectual and analytical skills, written and oral advocacy. They may require a general knowledge of current affairs, equal opportunities, legal issues or law.  Other questions are designed to assess your ethical judgment and personal qualities such as resilience, flexibility in advocacy, listening and speaking skills, and thinking skills.

 

Interview Two

  1. Those who are successful in the first round of interviews shall be invited for a second interview. The number of applicants invited for a second interview is not pre-determined, however it shall not be fewer than five applicants.
  2. All candidates will be asked to perform the same pre-arranged advocacy exercise. The candidate will be asked to attend prior to the allotted interview time, and will be given a short piece of advocacy to prepare, such as a plea in mitigation or bail application.
  3. The advocacy exercise will be followed by a 4-minute speech to the interview panel on any non-legal subject of the applicant’s choice, which should have been prepared in advance. This is timed and the candidate is asked to stop when the time runs out regardless of how far they have got.
  4. Each candidate will have the opportunity to ask any questions of the interviewing committee at the conclusion of the interview. Throughout the interview process interviewers will use a standardised scoring procedure to try and make the process as fair as possible. The marks for each candidate at all stages are kept in confidence.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

The firm does not use the Pupillage Gateway Scheme. Please apply directly to the firm as follows:

Please apply by email to recruitment@lloydspr.com

The email should be headed: “SURNAME First Name – Pupillage

Application”.

Your application email should have 3 attachments:

Letter (File Name: “SURNAME First Name Letter”) in PDF format

CV (File Name: “SURNAME First Name CV”)

Diversity Monitoring Form (File Name: “Initials, Diversity Monitoring

Form”)

[Please note, if you do not follow this format, your application may not be considered]

The letter is your opportunity to explain why, in your view, we should offer you an interview. The body of the letter should not exceed 400 words and should be submitted as a PDF.

Your CV should not exceed 3 pages.

Please submit a completed Diversity Monitoring Form. The Diversity Monitoring form can be downloaded here: https://lloydspr.com/careers

This is required to be completed by our regulators. It will be kept separate and will not feature in any decision to interview or recruit.

The window for submitting applications is 5th January 2022 – 9th February 2022

Applications submitted outside this timeframe will not be accepted.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place in February 2022 and March 2022.

Successful candidates will be notified of their offer as of 6th May 2022 after 9am.

 

The Pupillage Gateway

Lloyds PR Solicitors do not use the Pupillage Gateway to process applications, but we do advertise there and on our own website. Full details of our vacancies and awards are published on the Pupillage Gateway website.

If you have any queries regarding the pupillage application or selection process, please email recruitment@lloydspr.com . It is easier for us to deal with queries via email at this time. Please do not phone the office with pupillage related queries as reception will ask you to put your query into an email for the pupillage panel to review.

Lloyds PR Solicitors - Diversity Monitoring Form 2021