Head of chambers
Ms Susan Hunter
If you are looking for a first class pupillage that will give you the best possible springboard for your career at the Bar, St John’s Chambers is the right place to be. We are one of the largest and most prestigious barristers’ sets in the South West, with 10 silks and 78 juniors attracting high-quality work on a regional and national basis, covering commercial, real estate, personal injury, clinical negligence, family & divorce, wills & trusts, public & admin law, and employment matters. Chambers UK consistently ranks us in Band 1 for our main practice areas. The Legal 500 describes us as a ‘Western Circuit Powerhouse’ and recently voted us ‘Regional Set of the Year 2018’, an award which endorses our position as a stand-out national set. Indeed, we are fast becoming the go-to chambers for legal advice outside of London, and receive high level complex instructions from law firms across the UK to multi-national businesses, high net-worth individuals and people from all walks of life.
Agriculture and rural affairs, clinical negligence, commercial, construction and engineering, Court of Protection, employment, family and divorce, inquests and public inquiries, personal injury, professional negligence, public and administrative law, real estate, tax, wills and trusts.
St John’s Chambers will be recruiting outside of the Pupillage Gateway. We look to recruit high-calibre candidates who have the ability to analyse information quickly in order to present their arguments succinctly and persuasively. Successful candidates will typically have strong academic credentials. We have no preference as to whether your undergraduate degree in law or whether you have undertaken a valid transfer qualification. Relevant experience such as public speaking or mooting and/or legal work experience is desirable but not essential. A strong commitment to a successful and demanding career is essential, as is a desire to excel. We are committed to recruiting new tenants from our pupils whenever possible and accordingly offer pupillage to those we hope and expect will become tenants. Of course there can be no guarantees, but in the majority of cases a successful pupillage will lead to an offer of tenancy.
Each year, the pupillage committee, with the heads of each practice group, defines the pupillage requirements for the following year. As a pupil at St John’s Chambers, your pupillage will cover all necessary aspects of your specialist area(s).
Application dates and details will be found on the website from January 2020. Should you have any general enquiries about pupillage then please do not hesitate to contact Isabelle Mills at isabelle.mills@ stjohnschambers.co.uk.
Mini-pupillages (non-assessed) are an opportunity to experience life at the independent Bar. Applications for mini-pupillage are considered on a quarterly basis. The ideal time to apply is: i) if you are studying law and you are a second-year student or ii) you are in your third year or studying the BPTC, but we will consider applications before then, especially from non-law candidates. Please see our website for details. Student visits are not available.
We currently offer three funded pupillages with awards of £40,000 in the first 12 months. This means that Chambers will guarantee an income of £3,333 per month for the 12-month period of pupillage. This is subject to a clawback to the extent of any fees actually received during the second six months of pupillage.
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
Banking & finance
Barristers and banks generally cross paths when something costly has gone wrong in relation to a transaction or product.
Traditional chancery includes trusts, probate, real property and tax, while commercial chancery covers a range of finance and business disputes.
Commercial dispute resolution
The commercial Bar covers a range of areas, including banking, sale of goods and shipping, insolvency, civil fraud, and insurance/reinsurance.
Typically, common law chambers are multidisciplinary and are divided into practice groups so members can develop and maintain specialisations.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes by way of litigation, mediation, adjudication or arbitration.
Specialist criminal law chambers offer expertise in all areas, including child abuse, human rights, violent crime, and white collar crime.
Employment lawyers handle a variety of issues, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, equal pay and whistleblowing claims.
Think about all the things that members of a family can fall out about and multiply that – that’s your area.
Some of the biggest insolvencies have billions of pounds at stake, so there can be lucrative work for barristers.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.
Landlord & tenant/housing
Housing/landlord and tenant law embraces all aspects of residential and commercial tenancies covering issues like disrepair, human rights and succession.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Planning law regulates the way property owners use and develop their property in the interests of the wider community.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.
Phone: 0117 923 4700
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