If you are looking for a specialised and supportive pupillage that will give you the best possible springboard for your career at the Bar, St John’s Chambers is the set for you.

For detailed information about our application and pupillage process, take a look at our pupillage policy.

Described by the Legal 500 as ‘a Western Circuit Powerhouse’, St John’s offers the perfect chance to build a stellar career at the Bar while enjoying the great opportunities on offer in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities.

We are one of the largest sets in the South West, with over 80 barristers and 7 silks. Chambers UK and The Legal 500 list us as a ‘top-ranked’ leading set in our practice areas, describing us as a ‘must instruct’ chambers. 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 a ‘go-to’ chambers for legal advice outside of London, and receive high-level complex instructions from law firms across the UK, multi-national businesses, high net-worth individuals and people from all walks of life.

We were founded just over 40 years ago by barristers who wanted to do things differently. We have a modern and progressive approach, with barristers, clerks and management working together as the driving force behind our success. We are forward-thinking and proactive in promoting diversity and mental wellbeing at the Bar.

Our pupillage programme

The pupillage committee and heads of practice groups determine the pupillage requirements for the following year by reference to the BSB’s Professional Statement and any specialist checklists. You can be sure your pupillage will cover all necessary aspects of your specialist area, while giving you exposure to a broad range of styles and approaches so that you can find your own.

What you can expect:

  • to receive a well structured pupillage;
  • to carry out research for your pupil supervisor and other members of Chambers;
  • to prepare pleadings, advices and opinions;
  • to attend conferences with your pupil supervisor, the instructing solicitor, lay clients and experts;
  • to accompany your pupil supervisor and other members of Chambers to court in order to gain experience and a working knowledge of the court system;
  • to receive regular feedback on your work;
  • in your 2nd Six you will build on the first 6-months’ experience as well as being busy in court.


£50,000 along with the loan (with an option to buy) of the latest tablet, Smart keyboard and iPen. The award is paid in 12 equal monthly instalments, subject to a claw-back to the extent of any fees actually received during the second six months of pupillage.

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