Making the move to St John’s Chambers

Life at St John’s Chambers

Bristol has a thriving legal community and a great range of high quality work. You will find that Bristol is a stimulating and friendly place to practice, and our modern Civil & Family Justice Centre deals with family, civil, court of protection, chancery & commercial and administrative matters.

The South West generally and the city of Bristol are also fantastic and beautiful places to live with excellent transport systems, shopping and entertainment venues and beautiful country side just a few minutes outside of the city.

Lucy ReedLucy Reed, a member of our family team, came to Chambers from London in 2008, she says:

“I left a practice in London to return to my roots in the West Country, and whilst I was nervous to leave I found the bar here tremendously friendly and felt immediately at home at St John’s Chambers. The standards of professional practice are high, the quality of work is great and I absolutely do not miss the central line. I worried my career would suffer for being at the ‘provincial bar’ but I was wrong. St John’s has supported me to develop a practice that I am proud of and to carve out my own niche. It was not easy to make the decision to move but it was definitely a good decision from both a career and family perspective.”

St John’s Chambers is becoming the go-to chambers for legal advice outside of London and is recognised nationally as a centre of excellence for legal services. The leading directories describe us as a ‘Western Circuit Powerhouse’ (Legal 500, 2015) and ‘Like having London-quality barristers on your doorstep.’ (Chambers UK, 2016). Our members represent clients in a diverse range of cases and have been involved in a number of landmark decisions in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

St John’s is focused on support and teamwork. We are committed to providing all of our barristers with first class business development and our clerking team is structured to ensure that individual practices thrive in a team based environment.

Charlie Newington-BridgesCharlie Newington-Bridges, a member of our commercial and chancery team, completed his pupillage at St John’s Chambers in 2013 and says:

My clerks ensure I am kept busy with a steady work flow, and chambers as a whole continues to provide me with invaluable resources and support.”

We are a modern progressive set and our barristers, clerks and management are the driving force behind original and innovative projects. We are leading the way in raising international awareness of the Bristol Bar via a number of initiatives. We are highly proactive in promoting Chambers and its members, we provide numerous, inventive marketing and business development opportunities with solicitors via events, seminars and conference throughout the year.

If you are interested in moving your practice to St John’s Chambers please contact Derek Jenkins, Chief Executive





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