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St John's Buildings - 12 months - October 2019

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
St Johns Buildings
Head of Chambers:
Mr Richard Norton
Address of chambers:
24a-28 St John Street
M3 4DJ
Chambers website address:
Practice areas:
Family; Personal injury; Clinical negligence; Employment; Commercial; Court of protection; Regulatory; Chancery; Common law; Administrative; Public law; Crime
Specialist services:
Public access work; Mediation
Northern; North eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2019
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
One of the country’s leading Chambers, St John’s Buildings is divided into six principal practice groups (crime and regulatory, personal injury & clinical negligence, family, public & administrative, employment and commercial) with other developing specialisations such as Court of Protection, regulatory, sports and travel. Our full specialism breakdown is available on our website at

Operating from 4 sites across the North of England and based across 2 Circuits (Northern and North Eastern), each group has dedicated clerking and practice development support.

The set views Pupillage as the prime way of developing high calibre tenants who will ensure the continued success of the chambers into the future. Chambers makes a considerable investment in its pupils and most pupils become tenants.

Application details:

We interview both law and non-law graduates and look for:
• Intellectual and analytical strength
• Communication skills
• A good response to pressure
• Strong work ethic
• Advocacy skills
• Sound personality and motivation.

We expect applicants to have at least A,A,B at ‘A’ level (or equivalent) and a minimum 2:1 degree classification. Whilst this is not an absolute requirement, any applicants who do not meet these criteria should expect to demonstrate exceptional qualities to achieve an interview.

Specifically, we are offering six pupillages across our four sites.

The pupils will have the opportunity to experience each of our areas of expertise.

During the first six months of pupillage a grant of £10,000 is made to all pupils and during the second six months there is an earnings guarantee of £20,000.

We are recruiting pupils in line with the Pupillage Gateway timetable for 2018/19 to commence pupillage in October 2019.

To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form. The online application will be available from the 7th January 2019. Chambers intends to hold first round interviews on Friday, 22nd March 2019 and second round interviews on Friday, 5th April 2019.

Chambers is strongly committed to equality of opportunity and will apply objective criteria in all shortlisting and selection processes. We aim to ensure there is no discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, class or age in recruitment and working life at Chambers. We are committed to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate candidates with a disability.

Chambers is committed to human rights work and social justice initiatives.
Application Questions

The following questions will form the Pupillage Application Questionnaire section of the application form for this pupillage vacancy. These are included here to allow you to prepare in advance.

  1. Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? In your answer, please identify any relevant experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career. (200 words)
  2. Why do you want to join our chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice. (200 words)
  3. What areas of practice are you interested in and why? (100 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.