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St John's Chambers

2-3 Pupillages
84 Tenants
8 Tenancies in last 3 years

St John's offers an excellent service through highly specialised practice groups - chancery commercial, personal injury, family, clinical negligence, public & administrative law and employment.

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Head of chambers

Ms Susan Hunter

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Described by The Legal 500 as “a Western Circuit Powerhouse”, St John’s offers the perfect chance to build a stellar career at the Bar while enjoying the great opportunities on offer in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. We are one of the largest and most prestigious sets in the South West, with over 80 barristers and 8 silks. Chambers UK and The Legal 500 list us as a “top-tier” leading set in all of our major practice areas, describing us as a “go-to” and “must instruct” chambers. We are shortlisted once again for ‘Regional Set of the Year’ in 2022 in The Legal 500 Bar Awards, further cementing our position as a standout destination for high-quality applicants who want the very best career without compromising on quality 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.

We look to recruit high-calibre candidates who demonstrate that they can 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 is 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 the ability to adapt and manage change and a desire to excel.

We generally expect our pupils to specialise within one practice group. We are committed to recruiting new tenants from our pupils whenever possible. Accordingly, we offer pupillage to those who 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.

The pupillage committee and heads of practice groups determine the pupillage requirements for the following year by reference to the BSB’s Professional Statement and any specialist checklists. You can be sure your pupillage will cover all necessary aspects of your specialist area, while giving you exposure to a broad range of styles and approaches so that you can find your own.

We do not accept applications through the Pupillage Gateway, but the timetable for our 2024 pupillage application process will be set by the BSB. It is likely that we will advertise from around November 2022 and applications will open in January 2023. Application forms will be available via the St John’s Chambers website (

We currently offer one mini-pupillage per month, and at least 50 per cent go to applicants from non-traditional, underrepresented state school and BAME backgrounds, with the intention of improving access to the bar. Typically, a mini-pupil’s time will include accompanying members to court, attending conferences involving clients and/or solicitors, and reading and discussing paperwork. Mini-pupils will also have opportunity to ask questions about the profession and about pupillage.

£50,000 along with the loan (with an option to buy) of a tablet, smart keyboard and smart pen. The award is paid in 12 equal monthly instalments, subject to a claw-back to the extent of any fees actually received during the second six months of pupillage.

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101 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6PU
Phone: 0117 923 4700
Email: [email protected]
Mini-pupillages: Yes
Minimum qualification: 2.1 and would consider 2.2 degree with extenuating circumstances