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St John's Chambers - 12 months - October 2021

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
St John's Chambers
Head of Chambers:
Susan Hunter
Address of chambers:
101 Victoria Street
Chambers website address:
Practice areas:
Civil; Personal Injury; Clinical Negligence; Commercial; Chancery; Family
Specialist services:
Mediation; Public Access Work; Pro Bono
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£40,000 - £49,999
Closing date:
14 February 2020 at 11:55 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
St. John’s Chambers in Bristol is one of the largest and most prestigious sets in the South West, offering specialist advice and services in the major areas of civil law. It is recognized nationally as providing first class advice and representation in the six core practice groups: Chancery & Commercial; Personal Injury; Family; Public & Administrative; Clinical Negligence; Employment. We represent regional and national law firms and advise and/or represent businesses, private individuals, local and public authorities. Our silks and junior tenants appear regularly in all levels of court, including the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

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 is in law or 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 generally expect our pupils to specialize within one practice group-recruitment for 2021 will focus on Chancery & Commercial, Family and Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence.

Accordingly, for 2021 we are offering 3 pupillages with individual 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.

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.

How to apply
We are not a member of the Pupillage Gateway. We do not accept unsolicited applications for 12 month pupillages outside the scheme set out below. The window for applications opens on 7th January 2020 at 11am.

Application will be by way of a form (available from our website) to be submitted electronically. Dates for 1st and 2nd interview will be advertised on our website. Candidates selected for interview will be invited by email to attend an interview.

Only in exceptional circumstances would we offer candidates an alternative interview date.