Directory Quotes

St John’s Chambers has been recommended as a ‘Top Tier Set’ in the Western Circuit’s Leading Set by The Legal 500 and a ‘Top Ranked Set’ in the 2019 edition of Chambers UK.

“For some, St John’s Chambers is ‘unquestionably the go-to set for private client litigation in the South West’, while others say it is ‘a must instruct for personal injury and clinical negligence’, as well as covering the gamut of other practice areas including commercial, construction, and property law. In recent chambers news, dual-qualified Ryan Morgan, formerly of Queen Square Chambers, joined the family and divorce team. The ‘excellent’ clerks are ‘always helpful and approachable, they are a main cog in the process of the great communication between instructing solicitor and barrister – they just get it’; chief executive Derek Jenkins heads the team that ‘makes the lives of instructing solicitors so much easier, making the set feel like an extension of the solicitors’ own departments and not a standalone body’. Practice managers Rob Bocock, Luke Hodgson, and Annette Bushell manage the commercial, family, and personal injury teams respectively.

Legal 500,  2020
Regional Bar

“St John’s Chambers is “a standout chambers for chancery work.” The barristers are held in extremely high regard on the Western Circuit for both their traditional and commercial chancery expertise. The set is able to handle everything from complex property litigation and trusts disputes, to professional negligence claims. Members are frequently instructed in cases concerning valuable agricultural land. One source enthuses: ‘I cannot recommend the chambers and individual counsel enough. They are friendly, accessible and build a phenomenal rapport with instructing solicitors and the client. The language used in their advice is clear and understandable, which is welcomed and praised by clients.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020
Chancery

“The clerking service is amazing. They are very quick to respond and very proactive. ‘The clerks at St John’s are excellent. They respond to emails extremely promptly and are on the ball when it comes to fee estimates and turnaround times.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020
CHANCERY (CLIENT SERVICE)

“Enjoys a rock solid reputation for quality whether fielding counsel for claimants or the defence. The set has continued to bolster its presence in this market by cultivating a strong bench of expert junior juniors in addition to its more established barristers, as evidenced by the entry of two up-and-comers into the ranks this year. Members possess deep experience across all facets of clinical negligence work, extending to fatal surgical error or misdiagnosis.”

Chambers UK,  2020
Clinical Negligence

“Very professional and approachable: they’re always able to assist and are extremely well organised, and take deadlines seriously. ‘I think the set has one of the best clerking teams I know – they’re always very accommodating and always do their best to find someone at short notice.’ “

Chambers UK ,  2020
Clinical Negligence (CLIENT SERVICE)

“An established set on the Western Circuit, St John’s houses a strong bench of sought-after commercial barristers and a wealth of expertise in commercial litigation, mediations and arbitrations. Instructing solicitors describe the set as ‘a modern, approachable chambers with a good spread of barristers to choose from.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020
Commercial Dispute Resolution

“The clerking team is very friendly and efficient. ‘The clerks are very effective; they always give realistic fee estimates and stick to them.’ ‘The clerks do an excellent job engaging with solicitors and are very trustworthy – you can rely on their advice and guidance when instructing counsel.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020
Commercial Dispute Resolution (Client Service)

“Houses considerable expertise in an array of company law matters. Notable experience in the handling of shareholder disputes, freezing order petitions and share purchase agreements. The team is also well regarded for its expertise in bribery and trade secrets claims. The set’s clients include several companies, as well as company directors and shareholders across a wide range of industries. Instructing solicitors praise the barristers as ‘very approachable, friendly and keen to help.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020
Company

“The clerks are all very helpful.”

Chambers UK,  2020
Company (Client Service)

“St John’s Chambers dominates the construction law market on the Western Circuit. Its members are well equipped to deal with all forms of dispute resolution, including complex mediations. Barristers at the set frequently act on behalf of contractors, housing associations and local authorities in a broad range of construction matters, and are able to handle impressive international work, particularly in the Middle East. One commentator describes the set as ‘the best in the West of the country.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020
Construction

“The clerks at St John’s genuinely keep an interest in you. They are very good at relationship management with solicitors. ‘Paul Bennett, practice team leader, and Robert Bocock, practice manager, are very helpful and they work with you as a team.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020
Construction (Client Service)

“St John’s Chambers is one of the foremost sets practising family law on the Western Circuit. Practitioners at the set are well known for their expertise in high-value financial remedy work as well as public and private child law. Its members regularly engage in highly complex cases regarding domestic violence, sexual abuse and social care matters. Barristers at the chambers are also known for their experience in cross-border issues arising from financial remedy and child protection mandates. Interviewees regard this as ‘one of the top leading sets in Bristol and the South West.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020
Family/Matrimonial

“The clerks are incredibly helpful. They will bend over backwards to help, including at extremely short notice in urgent cases.”

Chambers UK,  2020
Family/Matrimonial (Client Service)

“A standout set on the Western Circuit, St John’s Chambers remains highly regarded for its strong personal injury practice. The set offers expertise in a wide range of high-value catastrophic and fatal injury claims, and its members have experience of representing both claimant and defendant clients, including several leading insurers. Instructing solicitors praise the set as ‘one of the leading sets for personal injury work in Bristol and the South West region.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020
Personal Injury

“The clerks will bend over backwards to accommodate you. ‘The clerking is extremely efficient. They’re very flexible, very personable and provide an outstanding service.’ “The clerks have a knack for knowing what the solicitor wants and delivering it.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020
Personal Injury (Client Service)

“St John’s Chambers continues to feature as a leading set for real estate disputes on the Western Circuit. Its barristers act in challenging boundary and easement cases, as well as dilapidation disputes and litigation relating to leasehold property. The set’s impressive roster of real estate specialists appear before tribunals and courts of all levels and deal with a wide range of residential, commercial and agricultural property. Sources appreciate that ‘the set has high-quality members who are very easy to get on with and the work is of a high standard.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020
Real Estate

“The clerks are very helpful, quick to respond and flexible. ‘The clerks are very accessible, good at getting back and very understanding of the issues in different matters.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020
Real Estate (Client Service)

“Home to a large team of commercial practitioners who are instructed in a wide range of cases including professional negligence and breach of contract claims. The set also reports a substantial increase in the number of wills and trusts-related instructions received in the past year, with the set being praised by solicitors as ‘the go-to chambers outside London‘ for this area of work.”

Legal 500,  2020
Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery Law -

“Home to one of the preeminent clinical negligence teams in the region, with its members acting for both claimants and defendants across a wide range of complex cases. Key areas of work include delayed or mis-diagnoses, negligently performed surgery, and dental negligence, an area in which Robert Mills recently secured a record £160,000 damages for a claimant.”

Legal 500,  2020
Clinical Negligence

“Particularly strong on large scale construction disputes, including adjudications, breach of contract claims, and high-value international arbitrations, where Andrew Kearney is a highly regarded practitioner.”

Legal 500,  2020
Construction, Planning and Environment

“James Marwick and Darren Lewis at are the key members for costs work and are particularly experienced in costs arising from personal injury or clinical negligence claims.”

Legal 500,  2020
Costs

“Members frequently appear in the Court of Protection in cases concerning capacity to consent, deputy disputes, health and welfare proceedings, along with property and affairs.”

Legal 500,  2020
COURT OF PROTECTION AND COMMUNITY CARE

“Home to a large contingent of specialist family barristers, who provide ‘great depth‘ across public and private children law cases, as well as all aspects of divorce and financial remedy work. Areas of specialism include international assets in finance cases, non-accidental injury matters involving complex causation evidence, and child maintenance, where Jody Atkinson is the key name to note.”

Legal 500,  2020
FAMILY AND CHILDREN LAW

“The preeminent set for inquest work in the South West, with specialist areas including deaths in custody, care deaths, and fatal accidents. Notable recent instructions include self-inflicted custody death Re: Jeffery Griffiths, and Re: Christopher Clarke, which concerned a fatal workplace accident.”

Legal 500,  2020
INQUESTS AND INQUIRIES

“The personal injury team reports an increase in defendant work, with members acting for government departments, insurers, and employers, in addition to claimant work. Key areas of work include catastrophic injury, road traffic accidents, and cases involving allegations of fundamental dishonesty, as well as more niche areas such as Animals Act claims.”

Legal 500,  2020
PERSONAL INJURY

“The property group is home to a large number of specialist members, who are experienced in commercial, agricultural, and residential property cases.”

Legal 500,  2020
PROPERTY

“The regulatory team are predominantly focused on health and safety and licensing matters. On the latter, Roy Light is particularly experienced on taxi and adult establishment licensing, acting for all parties in such cases as well as taking instructions for alcohol licensing work. On the health and safety front, Simon Morgan prosecuted Bridgend County Borough Council following a fatal accident involving a 15-year-old student at a school overseen by the local authority; the manner in which the parking area had been constructed some years earlier exposed pupils to significant risks.”

Legal 500,  2020
REGULATORY, HEALTH AND SAFETY, AND LICENSING

“St John’s Chambers is an ‘outstanding regional set’ with ‘excellent depth and breadth’. The group has expertise in commercial, construction, family, personal injury, clinical negligence, regulatory, public and inquests and inquiries matters.”

Legal 500,  2018
Regional Bar

“On the support side, ‘the clerks are always very helpful and a pleasure to deal with’ and chief executive Derek Jenkins is ‘outstanding’. The practice managers are Robert Bocock, who ‘provides a first-class service’; Annette Bushell, who ‘will go out of her way to assist’; and Luke Hodgson, who is ‘always very helpful and highly knowledgeable’.”

Legal 500,  2018
Regional Bar

“The barristers at St John’s Chambers handle the full spectrum of company law matters. The team has expertise in unfair prejudice petitions, breach of directors’ duties cases and breach of warranty claims. ‘They’re certainly our preferred chambers; they can apply expertise to unusual problems.’ “

Chambers UK,  2019
Company

“The leading set for construction on the Western Circuit, St John’s can handle both domestic and international instructions ranging from high-profile ICC arbitrations to smaller claims for SME and family-owned businesses.”

Chambers UK,  2019
Construction

“St John’s Chambers is considered the pre-eminent set for property disputes on the Western Circuit. It possesses a deep bench of real estate specialists who are active at all levels of the judicial system, from the county courts through to the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Members provide advocacy in connection with a vast swathe of real estate matters including leases, sales, easements, covenants, boundaries and forfeiture. A number of members also act as mediators. Commentators praise the set’s ‘strength in depth’ and ‘quality’ and note that ‘its familiarity, friendliness and responsiveness set it apart in the local area.’ “

Chambers UK ,  2019
Real Estate

“A renowned team of silk and junior practitioners that offers coverage of all aspects of family law. Barristers at the set take on high-value finance instructions as well as public and private child law cases. They also possess impressive trial experience in the Court of Protection. ‘They operate with reassuring professionalism.’ “

CHAMBERS UK,  2019
FAMILY/MATRIMONIAL

“St John’s Chambers’ members are regularly instructed in a wide range of commercial cases, offering particular expertise in disputes concerning breaches of contract, commercial property, professional indemnity and partnership matters. Instructing solicitors praise the set as ‘an impressive chambers with experienced counsel in all practice areas.’ “

Chambers UK,  2019
Commercial Dispute Resolution

“St John’s Chambers has an excellent reputation for chancery work. ‘They are head and shoulders above anyone outside of London,’ The set is highly regarded for both its traditional and commercial chancery expertise. On the traditional side, members of chambers have particular expertise in handling high-value property litigation, agricultural matters and trusts and estates disputes.”

Chambers UK,  2019
Chancery

“St John’s Chambers is highly regarded for its handling of a wide range of personal injury cases and has members who are regularly instructed in catastrophic injury, fatal accident and historic sexual abuse claims, among others. The set boasts a strong bench of barristers experienced in the representation of both claimant and defendant clients, including several leading insurers. Tenants are also well regarded for their handling of costs issues, and cases involving employers’, occupiers’ and public liability.”

Chambers UK ,  2019
Personal Injury

“Standout clinical negligence set, replete with juniors experienced in the sector. Members represent claimants as well as defendants in a wide range of clinical negligence matters, including catastrophic injuries, negligent surgeries, cerebral palsy and delayed diagnoses.”

Chambers UK ,  2019
Clinical Negligence

“The clerks are very good. They talk through things with you and always get people at the right level. ‘The clerks are very user-friendly and approachable.’ “

Chambers UK ,  2019
Real Estate (Client Service)

“The clerks are always extremely helpful and quick to do what you need. The whole clerking team is very good. ‘We get a first-class service from them. We trust the clerks and their judgment.’ “

Chambers UK,  2019
Chancery (Client Service)

“They’re always incredibly helpful.”

Chambers UK,  2019
Company (Client Service)

“The clerks are always available, helpful and friendly across the board.”

Chambers UK,  2019
Construction (Client Service)

“The clerks are first-class and are always helpful in finding the right barrister at the right level of seniority and at the right level of expense.”

Chambers UK,  2019
Commercial Dispute Resolution (Client Service)

“The clerking is very good and nothing is ever too much trouble. They’re very prompt and give very clear responses. ‘The clerks are very friendly, personable and very good at responding promptly to requests. If our first choice of barrister is unavailable they are able to offer sensible alternatives.’ “

Chambers UK ,  2019
Personal Injury (Client Service)

“The staff are helpful and will go the extra mile to ensure optimal client satisfaction. The clerks are efficient and helpful.”

Chambers UK ,  2019
Client Service - Family/Matrimonial

“The clerks there are second to none. Annette Bushell and Adam Marston could not be more helpful.”

Chambers UK ,  2019
Clinical Negligence (Client Service)

“They are a strong chambers with some very robust, heavyweight individuals, and an excellent reputation, both in relation to finance and children work.”

Chambers UK ,  2018
Family/Matrimonial

“This leading set attracts vast acclaim for its strength in depth, as sources note its ‘great profile across all areas of clinical negligence.’ Its expertise ranges from high-value catastrophic injury, birth injury and surgical negligence cases to lower value dental negligence claims.”

Chambers UK ,  2018
Clinical Negligence

“The set is noted for its wealth of knowledge and experience in chancery matters.”

Legal 500,  2018
Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery Law

“With a reputation as a ‘leading regional heavyweight’ for commercial matters, St John’s Chambers’ members are instructed across the spectrum of commercial cases including professional negligence, partnership disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency matters and fraud.”

Legal 500,  2018
Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery Law

“St John’s Chambers’ ‘very impressive’ team is noted for its expertise in construction and planning matters.”

Legal 500,  2018
Construction, Planning & Environment

“Counsel at St John’s Chambers continue to represent bereaved relatives, government departments, local authorities and police authorities in inquests. Inquests into deaths in prison are another key area of instruction for the team.”

Legal 500,  2018
Inquests and Inquiries

“St John’s Chambers houses ‘excellent family barristers with specialist expertise’ across the full range of family law matters, public and private law children cases and high-value financial remedy cases. Recent niche areas of instruction include child abduction and parental alienation matters.”

Legal 500,  2018
Family and Children Law

“St John’s Chambers has ‘in depth knowledge’ of a wide range of property matters; practitioners’ workloads include boundary disputes, restrictive covenants, proprietary estoppel, rights of way, eviction cases and trusts of lands matters.”

Legal 500,  2018
Property

“St John’s Chambers’ has ‘excellent strength in depth’ in its personal injury and clinical negligence team and as such, members handle a broad spread of matters, including fatal accidents, surgical/GP negligence, catastrophic injuries, employers’ and public liability matters, birth injuries and Highway Act claims.”

Legal 500,  2018
PERSONAL INJURY AND CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE

“Sources describe the set as ‘London quality based in Bristol,’ and say that ‘its barristers are of a very high calibre.’”

Chambers UK,  2018
Dispute Resolution

“St John’s Chambers has a distinguished and highly specialised property law team. Commentators point to it as the ‘first choice’ for contentious real estate work and admire its ‘range of capability’ at both the silk and junior levels. Members frequently undertake cases relating to agriculture, planning and development.”

Chambers UK,  2018
Real Estate

“St John’s Chambers maintains an excellent reputation at the Personal Injury Bar, being home to a number of the foremost barristers in the space. Members act for both claimants and defendants in a wide array of claims, relating to such matters as RTAs, workplace accidents and occupational disease. Sources comment that the set’s barristers ‘are of a very high calibre’ and ‘capable of turning around high-quality work in a narrow timeframe, if required.’”

Chambers UK,  2018
Personal Injury

“St John’s enjoys an excellent reputation for its chancery and commercial work, and a number of its barristers are experienced in high-value and complex cases. A source says that ‘they more than hold their own against London sets, and they’re very reasonable to deal with.’”

Chambers UK,  2018
Chancery

“The clerks are always helpful and accommodating. ‘Very user-friendly and excellent clerks.’ ‘The clerks and receptionists are very efficient and effective.’”

Chambers UK,  2018
Personal Injury

“The clerks are very pragmatic and very helpful. ‘They are really friendly and approachable.’”

Chambers UK,  2018
Real Estate Litigation

“This highly regarded set offers an impressive group of family barristers with a fine track record in an array of complex disputes. Members are frequently instructed in financial remedy cases involving international assets for married and unmarried couples. The set also remains a strong choice for private law children proceedings and jurisdictional disputes in relation to private law children. One satisfied instructing solicitor states: “They are a strong chambers with some very robust, heavyweight individuals, and an excellent reputation, both in relation to finance and children work.”

Chambers UK,  2018
Family/Matrimonial

“The set is well regarded for all manner of traditional chancery work, especially property litigation, and has a specialism in agricultural matters. ‘We are impressed with them and would not consider using any other Bristol chambers – they are way ahead.’”

Chambers UK,  2018
Chancery

“This leading set attracts vast acclaim for its strength in depth, as sources note its ‘great profile across all areas of clinical negligence.’ Its expertise ranges from high-value catastrophic injury, birth injury and surgical negligence cases to lower value dental negligence claims.”

Chambers UK,  2018
Clinical Negligence

“They know their way around the subject and know what you’re talking about if you phone up, so they’re good at understanding your needs. ‘The clerks are very approachable, always very willing to give you a view if you’re not quite sure who to instruct. They are always available, always respond quickly and are all very efficient.’ ‘The clerks are always very responsive, friendly and helpful.’”

Chambers UK,  2018
Client Service (Clinical Negligence)

“St John’s is a highly regarded set with a strong profile in general commercial disputes. The barristers here are respected for their expertise in a broad range of matters, including cases concerning commercial property and professional negligence claims relating to the financial services. Sources describe the set as ‘London quality based in Bristol,’ and say that ‘its barristers are of a very high calibre.’”

Chambers UK,  2018
Commercial Dispute Resolution

“Bristol-based set, well regarded in company law. The team focuses on handling shareholder disputes and cases regarding directors’ disqualifications, duties and liability to third parties.”

Chambers UK,  2018
Company

“St John’s has an unmatched presence in construction disputes on the Western Circuit. Its barristers undertake all kinds of cases, from major ICC arbitrations to payment disputes and defects and damage claims. They represent a variety of clients including contractors, developers, local authorities and insurers.”

Chambers UK,  2018
Construction

“The whole experience is a pleasurable one – the clerks are always helpful and accommodating, fees are reasonable and they have good conference facilities. ‘The administration is prompt, including estimates and fee notes.’ Rob Bocock is the practice manager for commercial and chancery work.”

Chambers UK,  2018
Client Service (Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“They are always accessible, both in terms of the individual barristers and, importantly, their clerks. Even non-urgent enquiries out-of-hours or over the weekends will elicit a prompt out of hours response from their clerks and Luke Hodgson, in particular, takes care and time to understand the case or the individual personalities involved when recommending individual barristers.”

Chambers UK,  2018
Client Service (Family)

“St John’s Chambers has unmatched firepower in this area. It is the foremost specialist construction chambers on the Western Circuit. Its team of highly skilled advocates regularly acts in the most prominent, high-value and heavyweight disputes in the region under the instruction of some of the biggest industry players. Members of St John’s demonstrate prowess across a broad range of construction matters including claims of defects, arbitration appeals and professional negligence-related cases.”

Chambers UK,  2017
Construction

“St John’s Chambers’ employment practice covers a wide range of employment matters, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and victimisation matters, to name a few.”

Legal 500,  2017
Employment

“St John’s Chambers’ employment practice covers a wide range of employment matters, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and victimisation matters, to name a few.”

Legal 500,  2017
Employment

“St John’s Chambers acts for bereaved relatives, police authorities, government departments and local authorities in inquests.”

Legal 500,  2017
Inquests and Inquiries

“The public and administrative law group at St John’s Chambers continues to receive instructions in judicial reviews.”

Legal 500,  2017
Public Law

“St John’s Chambers has expertise across a wide spectrum of health and safety, regulatory, and licensing disputes.”

Legal 500,  2017
Regulatory, Health and Safety, and Licensing