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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 and most prestigious sets in the South West, with over 80 barristers and 9 silks including Chambers UK’s 2019 ‘Chancery Silk of the Year’, Leslie Blohm QC. Chambers UK and the Legal 500 routinely list us as a Top-Tier leading set in all of our major practice areas, describing us as a “go-to” and “must instruct” chambers. We were the Legal 500’s ‘Regional Set of the Year’ in 2018 and we were shortlisted for that title once again this year by both major directories, further cementing our position as a standout destination for high-quality applicants who want the very best career without compromising on quality of life.

What you can expect:

  • An inclusive and supportive working environment
  • One-to-one support, training and guidance
  • To conduct research and prepare pleadings and advices
  • To shadow your supervisor and attend conference
  • To gain court experience and knowledge of process
  • 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.

What we look for in a pupil

Successful candidates will typically have strong academic credentials, but we have no preference as to whether your undergraduate degree is in law or whether you have since transferred. We look for high-calibre recruits who can demonstrate certain key competencies: the ability to analyse complex information quickly, to present arguments succinctly and persuasively, to communicate effectively with all types of people. We look for people who are determined, resilient and motivated. Experience of public speaking and mooting is desirable but not essential.

Funding

We typically offer two or three funded pupillages with awards currently at £40,000, subject to a clawback of any fees actually received during the second six months of pupillage. Chambers also now loans pupils a new iPad Pro with keyboard cover and Apple Pen, with an option to buy at the end of pupillage.

Tenancy

We take on pupils with an eye to tenancy, so our pupils do not compete with each other. We generally them to specialise within one practice group. Provided that they successfully complete pupillage and come up to standard, they can normally expect to become tenants (which is when the fun really begins!)

Mini Pupillage

We offer one mini-pupillage per month, and as of this year at least 50% will go to applicants from non-traditional state school and BAME backgrounds, with the intention of improving access to the bar. Please see our website for details.

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