About 18SJS


The members of 18 St John Street Chambers have been delivering the highest standards of advice and advocacy services to professional and lay clients for over 45 years.

Across our core departments we offer exceptionally skilled practitioners in business and property, personal injury, clinical negligence, costs, civil and personal injury, criminal law and family law. The depth of each department allows us to offer an extensive list of barristers across the full range of seniority and experience who are knowledgeable, insightful and analytical with particular expertise in verbal and written advice, legal drafting, negotiation and court advocacy. Within our dedicated practice groups we provide further teams specialising in additional areas of expertise including clinical negligence, costs, Court of Protection, employment, military proceedings, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, sports law and tax. Chambers also has an accredited team offering arbitration and mediation services.

Whilst the majority of our work is conducted on the Northern Circuit, members regularly attend conferences, meetings and mediations and undertake advocacy in every level of the Tribunals and Courts across the United Kingdom and further afield. Members appear in the Court of Appeal, Upper Tribunal, Supreme Court and the European Courts. Our members treat each and every case with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality. We are understanding and sympathetic but firm, focused and professional. We represent individuals directly and via high street, regional and national law firms. We also provide our services to businesses and public sector organisations including the full range of prosecuting authorities and agencies as well as local councils and regional authorities.

We maintain the highest standards and traditions of the independent bar but we are a dynamic and forward thinking chambers. Members have embraced the modern administration of legal practice with paperless working, online resources, document collaboration and the use of electronic diaries and case management systems, a predominant feature in their day-to-day work. Chambers boasts state of the art conference, meeting and mediation facilities including video-link and telephone conference technology.

The success of our members is epitomised by the number who have gone on to be appointed as District, Circuit and High Court Judges. Chambers is able to draw strongly on the knowledge and experience of its currents members who hold judicial and governmental appointments, including Recorders, Deputy District Judges, part-time Judges sitting in the First Tier Tribunals of the Primary Health Lists, Special Educational Needs, Care Standards, Health, Education, Social Care and Tax and Property Chambers, and the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales. Four barristers are members of the Attorney-General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, and three are former university lecturers in law. Other members have worked on secondment for government departments including the Charity Commission and the Care Quality Commission.

Chambers’ clerking and administration teams have a wealth of experience across all fields of practice and areas of accounting. We have dedicated teams of clerks specifically trained to look after clients with specialist knowledge in their own practice areas. Our fees clerks have decades of experience in billing and processing fees in legally aided, privately paid and publicly funded matters.

18 St John Street Chambers continues to provide the full range of advisory and advocacy services during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This notice is to inform you of the steps we have taken, to provide business continuity. We are following the guidance provided by the UK Government, the NHS, the Judiciary and the Bar Council. We have put in place measures to maintain a healthy environment for all our members, staff and any other visitors to chambers. We will continue to adapt and adjust our procedures as guidance changes. We have distributed guidance to our members and staff on best practices to prevent infection and self-isolation. Members will be able to conduct conferences and hearings by video or phone.

Some of our team continue to work remotely where they can take calls, process emails and access online resources normally. Clients can continue to contact chambers using all our normal telephone numbers and email addresses. But we do request that whenever possible documents are provided electronically and that paperwork is not hand-delivered to chambers without making specific arrangements with our clerks to enable this to be done safely. If you have any comments or queries please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. We will continue to update our website throughout the pandemic as the situation and guidance changes.

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