Ely Place Chambers is ‘an excellent set’ with expertise across the board in civil law, and notable experience in employment, media, property and public law.

Legal 500 2015

Established practitioners

Ely Place welcomes applications from established practitioners whose areas of practice complement our own. In recent years we have successfully recruited at both silk and junior level and our clerks are experienced at managing the smooth transition of practices.

Chambers benefits from established relationships with a number of London’s best known solicitors and some of the largest regional firms. Our members enjoy strong and rewarding practices supported by our friendly and efficient team of clerks led by Richard Sheehan.

We work from newly renovated, well equipped and elegant Georgian premises in the heart of legal London that makes us one of closest chambers to the new Rolls Building and provides an excellent location for conferences.

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and considered in accordance with our Equality and Diversity Policy. Enquiries can be made to Head of Chambers, William McCormick QC, Senior Clerk Richard Sheehan, or any other member of chambers.


Chambers has a longstanding policy of recruiting from its pupils. We look for pupils who have excellent communication skills as well as impressive academic records.

Third Six Pupillages

Ely Place Chambers are inviting applications for two third six pupillages to start in September/October 2018 for six months in line with its policy of expansion.

Applicants can expect to go to court regularly and should be able to demonstrate interest and experience in areas of work such as personal injury, employment, contract and property. Applications will be considered by reference to the Chambers Third Six Selection Criteria which can be accessed here. All applications will be dealt with in strictest confidence, but applicants should provide names of two referees.

Chambers is a signatory to the Bar Council’s Best Practice Guidelines in relation to third six pupils. Successful applicants can expect to receive £20,000 to £25,000 in the pupillage period. Third Six pupils will be allocated a supervisor and supervised and assessed during their pupillage period. Third six pupils can apply for tenancy at the end of their pupillage period. Ely Place Chambers has a long standing policy of recruiting from its own pupils, including its last three third six pupils who have all joined Ely Place Chambers as full tenants at the end of their third sixes.

To apply, please send a hard copy CV and covering letter to Laura Ivanauskiene addressing the relevant criteria or by email to  The closing date for applications is Friday 27th July 2018 at 4pm.

Mini Pupillages

Ely Place welcomes applications for work experience from students who are considering a career at the Bar. We ask that you are already embarked upon a course of further or higher education.

Our one-week mini pupillage provides a mixture of work, both in court or tribunal (usually in the London area) and in conferences with clients. We also give you the opportunity to read and discuss paperwork relating to cases.

We do not offer assessed mini pupillages. That means you will not be tested or examined on what you have seen during the week you spend with us. Should you in due course wish to apply to Ely Place for a pupillage, we place no weight on whether or not you have completed a mini pupillage with us.

Mini pupils must sign our confidentiality agreement and must understand that they cannot discuss confidential details of the cases they see or read about outside Chambers. The barrister(s) you shadow will explain this to you further.

We may not be able to offer a mini pupillage to everyone who applies because we can only accommodate a certain number of mini pupils. However, we run and implement an equal opportunities mini pupillage policy. We ask anyone who wishes to apply for a mini pupillage to send in their CV and a short covering letter, explaining why they are interested in becoming a barrister and why they have chosen to apply to Ely Place for a mini pupillage, to Catherine Urquhart, either by email to, or by post to Miss Urquhart at Ely Place Chambers, 13 Ely Place, London EC1N 6RY.

Due to the large number of requests we have received for mini pupillages, we are now fully booked for the remainder of 2018.  If you are interested in a mini pupillage with Ely Place then we will be accepting applications for 2019 from December.

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