Consistently ranked as a leading set in both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500, No5 has established a reputation for breaking new ground and continues to be regarded as a progressive and forward-thinking set. As one of the largest sets in the country, with over 250 members including 32 silks, No5 maintains success in traditional sectors of law whilst offering specialist advice and representation at the cutting edge of newly evolving areas both in the UK and internationally.

With offices in Birmingham, London, Bristol and Leicester, No5 is divided into core practice groups: Business and Property, Clinical Negligence, Crime, Employment, Family, Immigration, International Human Rights, Personal Injury, Planning and Environment, Public Law and Regulatory and Licensing. Each group has a number of sub-specialisms.  Barristers are supported by dedicated clerking teams, an outstanding library, effective administration, IT support and marketing resources.


We will recruit up to six candidates to commence 12-month pupillages in 2021 who best meet chambers’ business needs. Currently, those needs are for pupils (with a view to tenancy) with the following groups:

i) Business and Property (based in Birmingham);

ii) Crime (based in Birmingham);

iii) Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence (based in Birmingham or in London);

iv) Planning and Environment (based in Birmingham or in London);

v) Public Law (based in Birmingham or in London).

Although pupillages will primarily be within a core practice area, pupils might receive exposure to additional areas of practice in their first six and may be expected to undertake work in areas beyond their principal area of interest in their second six.

A considerable investment is made in chambers’ pupils and pupillages are offered with a view to tenancy, providing appropriate benchmark requirements are met. Throughout the 12-month period, pupils are carefully monitored by the Pupillage Committee to ensure that they are progressing appropriately and that all their training needs are being met.

Pupils can expect their workload during their second six months to be varied and challenging.

Level of Award

An award of £25,000 is made during the first six months of a pupillage. Chambers guarantees billings of at least £25,000 during the second six months and funds all compulsory training courses during pupillage.


Applications should only be made for this round of applications if you wish to practice primarily in either Business and Property, Crime, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence, Planning and Environment or Public Law. Written applications will be assessed in accordance with the following criteria:-

  1. Intellectual ability. (The general academic requirement for pupils is AAB at A-Level (excluding General Studies), or equivalent at International Baccalaureate Level, together with a 2:1 at degree level. Chambers will consider appropriate alternative qualifications and/or applications from those with mitigating circumstances.)
  2. Experience of law in practice (taking account of age and background).
  3. Commitment/motivation.
  4. Personal skills.
  5. Public speaking experience (e.g. debating, mooting, etc.).
  6. Presentation of written application (organised and persuasive thought and good grammar and spelling), together with a demonstrated ability to answer the questions asked.

Application Procedure

Applications to commence pupillage in October 2021 will be open from 11am 7th January 2020. The closing date for applications is 4pm 7th February 2020.

Chambers has two rounds of interviews, with a short assessed mini-pupillage for candidates being called to and in advance of the second round.

First round interviews will be held on 21st March 2020.  Second round interviews will take place on 25th April 2020

Chambers accepts applications from those who have not yet undertaken the BPTC.

Chambers is an equal opportunities employer and will endeavor to accommodate any requests for special requirements. 


Please note all interviews are held in Birmingham. Chambers does not cover candidates’ expenses for travelling to the interviews and does not offer telephone nor skype interviews.

Open Evenings

If you are interested in applying to chambers and would like the opportunity to discuss matters relating to the application process, pupillage and tenancy at No5 with some of our barristers on an informal basis over a drink, please do feel free to attend one of our open evenings between 6pm and 7pm on 13 January 2020 at our London office or on 15 January 2020 at our Birmingham office.

Please email Lisa Martin at LisaM@no5.com if you would like to attend one of these evenings.