Careers

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.

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.

Why join St John’s?

We are one of the largest and most prestigious barristers’ sets in the South West, with 8 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’.

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.

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.

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

Colleague support and work life balance

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’.”

Legal cheek, 2022

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].