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:

To view our latest pupillage diversity data, please click here

James Parks, Chambers Director

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.

At present, we are particularly keen to attract applications from ambitious juniors of up to 10 years’ call to join its busy and expanding Business and Property department and also for our Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Costs department.

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 Director James Parks or Chambers Manager, Emma Bowie.


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Applications for Pupillage NOW CLOSED

Applications for 2024 pupillages are now closed.

  • We recruit pupils in line with the Pupillage Gateway timetable. The application period for 2025 will open in January 2024. For more information please visit www.pupillagegateway.com


For more details about our pupillage offers, including information on assessment, interviews and funding, please see our Pupillage & Recruitment Policy which can be downloaded here.


18 St John Street has published its Diversity Data from the 2021 round of pupillage applications. The link can be found by clicking here.

Head of Chambers, Richard Chapman KC, said, “Our commitment to diversity is longstanding, is well-evidenced by our approach to recruitment, and has ensured that we have attracted the very best applicants, pupils, and tenants. 18 has always emphasised the importance of being a close community of colleagues and friends, which makes inclusion and diversity natural parts of who we are.”


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Mini Pupillage

It is important that anyone who is considering a career in the legal sector (including as a barrister) has the opportunity to explore that career path.  In 2023, Chambers will offer a Mini Pupillage Scheme and a Work Experience Scheme.

Chambers promotes equal opportunities and is committed to diversity in the legal sector.  It is important that as many people as possible, from a variety of different backgrounds, are encouraged to consider a career in the legal sector.

Reasonable expenses will be covered for successful applicants to both the Mini Pupillage Scheme and a Work Experience Scheme.

Mini Pupillage Scheme 2023

The window for applications to the Mini Pupillage Scheme for 2023 is now closed.

Further details on applications for 2024 will be announced in due course.

Work Experience Scheme 2023

The Work Experience Scheme is designed to give work experience students the opportunity to find out whether a career in the legal sector is for them. The work experience students will have some opportunity to shadow Chambers staff and/or barristers as they go about their work.  There will also be law-based activities, talks and ‘questions and answer’ sessions about the work of Chambers.

There will be a total of 6 work experience students who will take part in a structured scheme of activities for 2 days (15th and 16th Aug 2023) at the Chambers premises on St John Street in Manchester.

All applicants must be 16 years old (or above) by 15th August 2023

Applications will open on 1st May 2023.

All applications must be submitted no later than 15th June 2023 and an application form is available to download below.

The selection criteria for applicants: Is the applicant at a stage where they would benefit from work experience?  

  • Applicants who can demonstrate that they have carried out their own research into a career in the legal sector and are now ready to find out more (about a career in the legal sector) are more likely to be successful.
  • Applicants who have already carried out relevant work experience/ mini pupillages are less likely to be successful.

Please download the Work Experience Application Form and once completed return to pupils@18sjs.com by 15th June 2023.