Making the move

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

St John’s Chambers open and collegiate culture promotes an inclusive and supportive work environment for barristers and staff to fulfil their potential and enjoy long and successful careers in chambers. 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 value our people and appreciate that our barristers and staff play a crucial role in providing a first class legal and professional service to our national and international clients. We continue to attract the best individuals who are looking to join the most prestigious set in the South West and enjoy an excellent work –life balance.

A small city that feels like a big city, handily placed for seaside and scenery, but hardly cut off from the rest of the country. There are jobs — lots of them glamorous, creative, hi-tech and professional — the food and drink are great, and it crams in all the culture you could wish for. No wonder it’s first choice for restless folk looking to take half a step off the treadmill and swap a dismal commute for a brightly coloured period house within walking distance of work, and weekends on a surfboard or mountain bike.”

The Times (2017)

Bristol has a thriving legal community and a great range of high quality work. You will find that Bristol is a stimulating and friendly place to practice, and our modern Civil & Family Justice Centre deals with family, civil, court of protection, chancery & commercial and administrative matters. The South West generally and the city of Bristol are also fantastic and beautiful places to live with excellent transport systems, shopping and entertainment venues and beautiful country side just a few minutes outside of the city.

With over 80 barristers including 9 silks, we offer legal expertise in a broad range of areas of work from commercial and chancery to personal injury and clinical negligence, family, employment, tax and public and administrative law. We can offer careers in any of these fields or any specialism that a promising or established practitioner feels they can bring to our chambers.

If you would like any further information please contact Derek Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, on 0117 923 4711 in confidence or email him at: [email protected].

I left a practice in London to return to my roots in the West Country, and whilst I was nervous to leave I found the bar here tremendously friendly and felt immediately at home at St John’s Chambers. The standards of professional practice are high, the quality of work is great and I absolutely do not miss the central line. I worried my career would suffer for being at the ‘provincial bar’ but I was wrong. St John’s has supported me to develop a practice that I am proud of and to carve out my own niche. It was not easy to make the decision to move but it was definitely a good decision from both a career and family perspective.”

Lucy Reed, a member of our family team

St John’s Chambers is becoming the go-to chambers for legal advice outside of London and is recognised nationally as a centre of excellence for legal services. The leading directories describe us as a ‘Western Circuit Powerhouse’ (Legal 500) and ‘Like having London-quality barristers on your doorstep.’ (Chambers UK). Our members represent clients in a diverse range of cases and have been involved in a number of landmark decisions in the High Court and Court of Appeal.