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St John's Buildings - 12 Months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
St Johns Buildings
Head of Chambers:
Mr Richard Norton and Miss Frances Heaton QC
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:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
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 four 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 2019/ 20 to commence pupillage in October 2020.

To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and complete the online application form. The online application will be available from 11:00 am on the 7th January 2020. Chambers intends to hold first round interviews on Friday, 13th March 2020 and second round interviews on Friday, 24th April 2020.

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. What confidence do you have in the future of the independent referral bar? (200 words)
  2. Persuade us to have confidence in your ability to thrive in this changing environment. (200 words)
  3. Which practice area(s) are you drawn to and why? (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.