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St John's Buildings - 12 Months - October 2021

AETO information
Name of AETO:
St Johns Buildings
Head of AETO:
Mr Richard Norton and Miss Frances Heaton QC
Address of AETO:
24a-28 St John Street
M3 4DJ
AETO's website address:
Practice areas:
Family; Personal Injury; Clinical Negligence; Employment; Commercial; Court of Protection; Regulatory; Chancery; Common Law; Administrative; Public Law; Crime; Children Law; Sports law; Civil; Care and Adoption; Child Abduction; Regulatory and disciplinary; Licensing; Landlord and Tenant; Inquiries and Inquests; Insurance; Commercial and Chancery; European Law; Defamation; Intellectual Property; Actions Against the Police and Public Authorities; Arbitration; Banking and Consumer Credit; Aviation; Charities; Civil Liberties; Civil Fraud; Community Care and Health; Construction and Engineering; Competition; Company; Consumer Law; Corporate Governance & Policy; Courts Martial; Costs; Education; Equality and Discrimination; Extradition; Finance; Freedom of Information and Data Protection; Fraud; Health and Safety; Housing and Social Welfare; Gypsy and Traveller Rights; Healthcare; Human Rights; Information Technology; Immigration; Insolvency and Restructuring; International Commercial Arbitration; International Crime; International Law; Local Government; Media and Entertainment; Mental Health & Court of Protection; Military; National Security; Nationality; Partnership and Joint Ventures; Planning; Pensions; Prison Law and Criminal Justice; Police; Private Client; Procurement; Probate; Product Liability; Professional Negligence; Professional Liability; Property and Land; Protest cases; Property; Technology; Telecommunications; Tax; Terrorism; Trusts; White Collar Crime; Ancillary Relief; And property law; Banking and Financial Services; Banking and Finance Litigation; Business; Bribery & Corruption; Business and Property; Civil actions actions against the police and public authorities; Civil litigation; Commercial Dispute Resolution; Commercial Litigation and Arbitration; Corporate; Contract; Corporate Finance; Criminal Defence and Appeals; Data Protection; Financial Services and Regulation; Forced Marriage; Insurance and Reinsurance; Infrastructure and PFI/PPP; International and Travel; International Crime and Extradition; International Trade; Judicial Review; IT and Telecommunications; Litigation; Partnership; Offshore; Patent; Privacy; Professional Discipline; Professional Regulation; Real Estate; Reinsurance; Revenue; Road Transport; Travel and International Personal Injury Law; Transport; Welfare Benefits and Social Security
Specialist services:
Public Access Work; Mediation; Adjudication; Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration); Arbitration; Arbitration and Mediation; Litigation; Pro Bono
Northern; North eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
8 February 2021 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
St John’s Buildings is one of the country’s largest and leading multi-discipline Chambers. We operate from sites in four Northern Cities (Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield and Chester), across the Northern and North Eastern Circuits, and our members have the capability to work anywhere in the country. Our six principal practice groups are: Crime & Regulatory, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence, Family, Public & Administrative, Employment & Commercial, as well as developing specialisms such as Court of Protection, sport and travel law. Our full specialism breakdown is available on our website at Each group has dedicated clerking and practice development support.

An agile and commercially run set, St Johns Buildings had modernised before the pandemic and was able to quickly support members to work remotely during lockdown through cloud-based electronic document management and diary access, the full range of online meeting facilities and easy access to wellbeing support from our management team, our clerks and assistance programme.

We view pupillage as the prime way of developing a range of 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 valued tenants.

Application details:

We interview both law and non-law graduates and look for:

• Intellectual and analytical strength
• Strong communication skills
• A good response to pressure
• Strong work ethic and motivation
• Advocacy skills
• Understanding and demonstration of the attributes, skills and activities required to support a successful career at the Bar and be a contributing member of our Chambers’ community.

We expect applicants to have a 2:1 degree classification, however we will consider applicants who do not meet this criterion in extenuating circumstances and/or where exceptional qualities are present and where comparable knowledge and potential is demonstrated in the application and at interview. This is provided that the qualifications and experience will meet the requirements of the Academic Component of Bar training.

Specifically, we are offering up to 10 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 2020/21 to commence pupillage in October 2021.

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 4th January 2021. Chambers intends to hold first round interviews on 26th March 2021 and second round interviews on 22nd and 23rd April 2021.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates, and candidates with a disability who are under-represented in our membership.

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.