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.


A busy and established set, Ely Place specialises in in business, property, employment, media and public law. We are ranked in the Legal 500 and in Chambers and Partners for commercial dispute resolution, Property and Agriculture, civil liberties and human rights, defamation and privacy, employment.  Our members have appeared in some of the leading Supreme Court and Privy Council decisions of recent years and we enjoy strong links with the Middle East and with Trinidad and Tobago.

Comprising some 34 members including 6 silks, Chambers prides itself on its friendly, unfussy and collegiate atmosphere, and on its reputation for delivering an excellent customer service. In particular we are known for our advocacy and for our abilities as litigators.

Chambers is looking for candidates with excellent intellectual and academic ability, who also have the potential to become outstanding advocates.  The right person will not only be a good lawyer but he or she will also have the interpersonal skills essential for working with solicitors and lay clients and the determination to succeed. A clear commitment to developing a practice in at least two of our specialist areas is also essential.

We recruit all pupils with a view to tenancy and our four most recent third six pupils have all been offered (and accepted) tenancy. We are committed to growing Chambers from the bottom up and are now looking to recruit one twelve-month pupil as well as third six pupils.

If accepted, the intention is that you will sit with three supervisors during the period of your twelve-month pupillage, each with a different area of expertise, and will also work with other members of Chambers.

Chambers pupillage policy can be found here and our selection criterion can be found here

Mini Pupillages

Ely Place Chambers (“EPC”) welcomes applications for mini pupillages (work experience), which must be made in line with the chambers policy. All applicants must be aged 18 or over.

EPC offers 14 mini pupillages each calendar year, typically lasting one week and based at our Chambers in central London. During that week, Members of Chambers will try to ensure that mini pupils see a mixture of work, both in court or tribunal (usually in the London area) and in conferences with clients. We may also give mini pupils the opportunity to read and discuss paperwork relating to cases.

We do not offer assessed mini pupillages. Mini pupils will not be tested or examined on what they see. Should a mini pupil in due course wish to apply to Ely Place Chambers for a pupillage, we place no weight on whether or not they have completed a mini pupillage with EPC.

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, or post anything about their mini pupillage on social media.

EPC operates an equal opportunities policy and mini pupillages are awarded in line with applicable equalities legislation, the Bar Standards Board’s Code of Conduct, and the Bar Council’s guidance on Fair Recruitment and Ethics.

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