18 St John Street Chambers is an Equal Opportunities employer. No applicant’s background will influence the selection of the successful candidate. All reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants. For further information on active recruitment contact;

Emma Bowie, Chambers’ Manager
Direct Line: 0161 278 1800
Email: ebowie@18sjs.com

Pupillage, Tenancy and Staff Vacancies

Tenancy Applications

18 St John Street Chambers are actively inviting applications from established practitioners due to our extremely busy and increasing workload. We are keen to attract established practitioners across all our departments.  Applications will be treated in strictest confidence and should be addressed to the Chambers Manager.

Enquiries can be made in confidence to the Head of Recruitment Committee, Leonie Caplan who will arrange for you to have an informal discussion with the head of the relevant team.

Applications (in confidence, by way of a letter and CV and giving details of two referees) should be addressed to the Chambers Manager, Emma Bowie.


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The application process for pupillage commencing September 2021 will be open from 1 January 2020.

Chambers will be offering up to three 12-month pupillages: one in the criminal department and two in the family department. In recent years nearly all of our pupils have been offered a tenancy with us.

We provide financial support comprising:

·         £15,728 for each pupil in the form of a grant;

·         Guaranteed billings in second six of £25,000 (family department) or £15,000 (criminal department). In our experience, pupils regularly bill in excess of the guaranteed amount;

·         Reasonable travel expenses from Chambers to Court during the non-practising period of pupillage;

·         Compulsory training costs.

It is anticipated that the overall package for the criminal department’s pupil will be worth in excess of £30,000. For the family department’s pupils, the figure will be in excess of £40,000.

Chambers is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be treated in strictest confidence.

Application is by a form which can be downloaded here from 1st January 2020 and submitted via email to ebowie@18sjs.com or by post for the attention of the Chambers Manager. Please note only one application per candidate will be accepted. CVs will not be accepted. Applicants are expected to apply for either the family or criminal pupillages.

The closing date for pupillages commencing September 2021 is 14 February 2020.

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Mini Pupillage

Chambers invites applications from students at undergraduate level and above. A mini pupillage application form can be downloaded here and should be sent by email to ebowie@18sjs.com.

We plan to offer four mini pupillages in Easter and a further six in Summer 2020.  The Easter 2020 programme will open on 1st January 2020.  For Summer we will consider applications received from 1st April 2020.  Each mini pupil will be offered a week in Chambers. 

Successful and unsuccessful candidates will be contacted by email or phone.

Timetable For Applications *Four Day Week

Easter 2020

30 March - 3 April
6 - 9 Apr*
14 - 17 Apr*
20 - 24 Apr

17 February 2020 9 March 2020
Summer 2020

29 Jun - 3 July
6 to 10 July
13 to 17 July
20 to 24 July
27 to 31 July
3 - 7 August

18 May 2020 8 June 2020