St John’s Chambers is one of the largest barristers’ sets in the South West, with 7 silks and over 80 juniors attracting high-quality work in all major areas of civil law. We were voted ‘Set of the Year’ (outside London) by The Legal 500 Bar Awards 2022, and ‘Chambers of the Year 2022’ by Bristol Law Society.

We are ranked in Band 1 for Chambers UK and Tier 1 for The Legal 500 in all major areas of law.

Working co-operatively, sharing ideas, knowledge and business opportunities is at the forefront of our team. 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.

We have a proven track record of successfully supporting barristers in transitioning from practising in London and on regional circuits to practising on the Western Circuit.

We are always interested in applications from excellent established practitioners who can demonstrate a strong business case for their recruitment. Practitioners may apply to one of our three core practice groups:

We also consider applications from very impressive junior tenants below 5 years’ call.

Junior tenants

St John’s Chambers’ junior tenants can expect a mixture of led and unled work at the beginning of their career. We encourage a diverse caseload to begin with, encouraging individuals to undertake as much advocacy work as possible in their first few years of practice. Junior tenants can expect responsibility for their own cases from early on and we fully support them as they develop a practice to suit their preferences and personal commitments. Barristers with under 5 years of call need to demonstrate commitment and potential to develop a practice with us or to show exceptional experience in a specialist area of law.

Experienced tenants

St John’s Chambers is always interested to speak with established practitioners with a proven track record of a successful practice in one of our areas of work.

Tenants can expect an exceptional and supportive service from our professional clerking team with the opportunity to develop a long and successful career with a leading South West set.

How to apply

Any approach is treated in the strictest confidence. We consider applications by way of a covering letter addressed in the first instance to Simon Rhodes, Chief Executive. You should enclose a CV, documents relating to your practice, and any other information that will assist with consideration of the application.

We are committed to diversity, inclusion and equality and further details about our approach in this regard can be found here.


Fantastic chambers across the board. Some excellent Juniors and fantastic senior Counsel. All incredibly down to earth and obliging. Very user friendly. A great bunch.”


St John’s Chambers provide a ‘London’ service here in the West Country and are a well rounded set, providing superb general and specialist training to all levels of solicitors both junior and senior and are always available to provide a second “ear” for tricky tactical situations.”


Formidably strong local set. London set service, but just around the corner from the office. Have come to the fore with assistance during Covid-19 lockdown. Everyone sings from the same hymn sheet and understand each others specialities.”


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