St John’s Chambers was formed in January 1978 by five barristers keen to break the mould of conventional practice in Bristol. Chambers was originally based in premises in Broad Street in Bristol, close to St John’s Gate. However, as chambers has grown over the years we moved to our current premises in Victoria Street, close to the new Civil Justice Court building in Redcliffe, reflecting our need for a modern, comfortable and effective office.
Our barristers and staff are committed to our clients and strive to provide a legal service that is effective, responsive and friendly. Our clerks are knowledgeable, efficient, approachable and adept at understanding a client’s needs.
St John’s Chambers barristers are often instructed on both sides of the same case, so we ensure that the appropriate degree of separation and confidentiality is maintained to ensure that no conflict issues arise. Chambers will often create so called ‘invisible walls’ in cases where we act for multiple parties. You may be asked to deal with a specific clerk in relation to a case to ensure confidentiality in the matter.
Conference and Meeting Room Facilities
The suite of meeting rooms at Chambers has been designed to meet the increasing demands for mediation facilities. Each meeting room is equipped with an LCD or Plasma screen, and a VCR/DVD player. Clients have access to a dedicated secure internet hotspot.
We can accommodate up to 70 people (theatre style) in comfort in our main room, with a further seven meeting rooms of differing sizes.
Our state-of-the-art facilities enable us to arrange video conferences with expert witnesses, clients, specialists and lawyers both in the UK and internationally.
Chambers’ library is fully stocked with a full range of reference texts and statutes, providing the members with up to date and relevant text. In addition, we subscribe to all the major leading authorities both paper and on-line to providing access to a full range of research database material covering all aspects of our practice groups.
We also continue to invest in our libraries both online and periodicals – the extensive range of UK and overseas materials is also available to our clients.
Access for Less Abled Visitors
Our offices are fully DDA compliant providing access to all regardless of physical ability. We can assist with:
- Wheelchair access
- Disabled parking
- Disabled toilets
- Clear signage
- Spoken information in lifts
E-mail correspondence is becoming more and more normal these days. All our members can be contacted by email, as well as the Criminal Justice Secure Mail system.
Our premises have integrated wi-fi for your use when you visit us, so that you can connect to the Internet while you are here. Reception will provide you with a user account and password.
St John’s Chambers and our barrister acknowledge that, on behalf of your client, you will require our members (and to a lesser extent St John’s Chambers) to process personal data provided to you by your client because this is or will be necessary to ensure compliance with a legal obligation to which, you as the Data Controller, are subject. On behalf of our barristers, such processing shall be carried out in accordance with your instructions. St John’s Chambers and our barrister confirm that we have in place measures that will ensure that, to the extent that we process any personal data pursuant to your Instructions, such processing will be carried out in a manner that ensures appropriate security of such data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures.
With effect from 6th October 2010, we are also required by the Bar’s Code of Conduct to ensure that all lay clients are informed (a) of their right to make a complaint, how and to whom this can be made, including their right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman at the conclusion of the complaints process, the timetable for doing so and the full details of how to contact the Legal Ombudsman; and (b) that the lay client may complain directly to Chambers without going through solicitors.
We have limited parking spaces available at our Victoria Street city centre office, which can be reserved on a strictly ‘first come first serve’ basis (with the exception of those with disabilities, who are given priority). Should you wish to reserve a car parking space, please contact our Client Services Coordinator in the first instance.
When you have a parking space booked, please click here for directions and access.
The office hours are 8.00 am to 6.00 pm with out of hours contact information detailed on our contact us page.
For further information, contact Derek Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer at St John’s Chambers by email on [email protected]