St John’s provides us with an excellent service. All members of chambers are very responsive, eager to help and easy to deal with, offering wide-ranging expertise and presenting their advice in a way which is intelligible to our clients.”

Chambers UK  2021
Regional Bar

At St John’s Chambers, our most important resource is our people; our barristers, clerks and support staff. What makes us special is top tier legal expertise and service and for this we depend not only on our highly skilled barristers but also on our dedicated clerking teams and administrative staff. Every single individual has an important part to play.

To this end, we make sure that everyone at St John’s has the opportunity to develop their full potential, so whether you are a barrister, a pupil, a clerk or an administrator, you will find we provide a supportive and inclusive environment and that we encourage you to progress and achieve.

Legal Cheek have scored St John’s Chambers in the top 10 for colleague support and work life balance in ‘The Chambers Most List‘ scoring an A*. Read more here.

There are WhatsApp groups for both personal and professional support, ‘phone a friend’ and emails for ‘tricky legal points that you want a second opinion on’, as well as providing ‘encouragement and reassurance’. “People are always open, friendly and helpful’ is the experience of one insider, which another says is ‘a real strength of chambers’.”


Quite simply, we want the best. We excel at developing our ‘home grown’ talent but we are also keen to recruit those who can demonstrate either the requisite track record or the credentials and the will to succeed.


We understand that your mini-pupillage should give you the best possible experience of life in Chambers, and it is for that reason that we only offer one mini-pupillage per month. Read more.


If you are looking for a first class pupillage that will give you the best possible start for your career at the Bar, St John’s Chambers will provide you with every opportunity to fulfil your potential and enjoy a long and successful career. Read more


St John’s continues to attract high performing barristers who are looking to join the most prestigious set in the South West and enjoy an excellent work – life balance. Whether you have an established practice of many years or you have been on your feet only a couple of years, if you can demonstrate the appropriate level of achievement and a desire to excel, please do get in touch. Many of our top barristers originally worked in London before joining us to build on and further develop their specialism. Read more


We also welcome applications from solicitors who are seeking a career at the Bar. A number of our current tenants qualified as solicitors before transferring to a career at the Bar.

Clerks and staff

If you are looking for a stimulating and challenging role in a demanding but supportive environment, St John’s is the place for you. Whether you are looking for a clerking role or a position in marketing, HR or administration, successful candidates will find that St John’s is a friendly and inclusive place to work – and that we encourage all our staff to develop their career in Chambers whilst fulfilling their personal potential. Read more 

Why join St John’s?

We are one of the largest and most prestigious barristers’ sets in the South West, with 9 silks and 76 juniors attracting high quality work on a regional and national basis. Chambers UK consistently rank us in Band 1 for our main practice areas, including commercial, real estate, personal injury, clinical negligence, family & divorce, wills & trusts, public & admin law and employment. The other leading legal directory, Legal 500, describes us as a ‘Western Circuit Powerhouse’ and recently voted us ‘Regional Set of the Year 2018’, an award which endorses our position as a stand-out national set.

We are fast becoming the go-to chambers for legal advice outside of London, and receive high level complex instructions from law firms across the UK to multi-national businesses, high net-worth individuals and people from all walks of life.

Celebrating 40 years in business in 2018, we have modern and progressive approach, with barristers, clerks and management working together as the driving force behind our success. While we continue to invest in our people to ensure we deliver the highest standards of service for our clients, our open and collegiate culture promotes an inclusive and supportive work environment.

What we can offer you

  • Open and collegiate culture
  • Inclusive and supportive work environment for barristers, clerks and staff to fulfil their potential
  • First class business development
  • Great range of high quality work
  • Structured clerking team to ensure that individual practices thrive
  • Broad range of areas of work from commercial and chancery to personal injury and clinical negligence, family, employment, tax and public and administrative law.
  • Up to 12 months’ rent-free parental leave/ shared parental leave for all members

St John’s Chambers is based in modern offices in the heart of central Bristol with Temple Meads station and the city centre a stone’s throw away and the local courts all within easy reach.

 “One of the reasons I came to Bristol was the real energy I felt existed to get this set going so we could compete with London. What we want to do is to make sure the best work available in our area is coming to our chambers.” Derek Jenkins, Chief Executive,

If you are a barrister or solicitor interested in joining St John’s Chambers please contact Derek Jenkins, our CEO, for an informal discussion on 0117 923 4711 or email [email protected].

For anyone else interested in joining St John’s Chambers please contact Isabelle Mills, our Office Manager on 0117 923 4717 or email [email protected].