St John's Chambers
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|Tenancies in last 3 years:||7|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 and would consider 2.2 degree with extenuating circumstances|
Description of chambers
St John’s Chambers is one of the largest and most prestigious barristers’ sets in the South West, offering specialist advice and services in all major areas of civil law. St John’s Chambers is recognised nationally as providing first-class legal advice and representation in the six core practice groups: commercial and chancery (company and commercial, property, wills, trusts and tax), personal injury, family, public and administrative law, clinical negligence and employment.
Areas of work
Administrative law, agriculture and rural affairs, banking, construction and engineering, children, civil fraud, clinical negligence, company, commercial dispute resolution, court of protection, employment, environmental, family finance including ToLATA and Inheritance Act, health and safety, housing, industrial disease, inquests, insolvency, intellectual property, licensing, partnership, personal injury, planning, property and real estate, property and insurance litigation, professional negligence, regulatory and disciplinary, tax advisory and dispute resolution, travel litigation and jurisdiction disputes, town and village greens, wills, trusts and tax.
Who should apply
St John’s Chambers will be recruiting outside of the Pupillage Gateway. We look to recruit top quality applicants with the ability to analyse information quickly and to present arguments succinctly and persuasively. The typical successful applicant will have strong academic credentials (subject to any extenuating circumstances) together with experience of mooting, public speaking debating or presentations and a desire to excel. We also welcome interest from suitably qualified professionals who are changing careers. While pupillage can offer experience across practice groups, market forces generally require specialisation as the norm once tenancy has been offered. Pupils are therefore expected to focus on key areas during pupillage.
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).
How and when to apply
Application dates and details will be found on the website from January 2018. Should you have any general enquiries about pupillage then please do not hesitate to contact Isabelle Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 offer two funded pupillages with awards each of £35,000 in the first 12 months. Exceptionally three pupillages will be offered depending on recruitment needs. In general terms, funded pupillage means that chambers will guarantee a pupil’s income each 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.