St Philips is in a position to offer 4 specialist pupillages; 2 in Crime and 2 in Family. The start date for Pupillage will be October 2018.

Who we are

St Philips Chambers was formed in 1998 as the result of the merger of two long-established Birmingham sets.  St Philips Chambers now has offices in Birmingham and Leeds. We have a well-established reputation for providing an excellent service to clients, being the only national set of Chambers to have won the Lawyer’s and Legal Business’ National Chambers of the Year Award. We have continued to build on that reputation, winning “Regional Set of the Year” in 2005, 2009 and 2014 and “Multi Disciplinary Set of the Year – UK” in 2013.  We have been shortlisted again for Regional Set of the Year by Chambers and Partners In 2016 and 2017. ‘Chambers of the Year’ at the Yorkshire Lawyer awards, 3 years in a row (2015, 16 &17).

We have dominated the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards, winning ‘Barrister of the Year’ 5 times in the last 6 years. We are one of the largest sets in the country, and are known as a leading player at regional and national level, providing specialised services to a wide range of clients.  Many members of Chambers are highly recommended in guides such as Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.”

Since 2000, 19 members of Chambers have been appointed as Queen’s Counsel and 16 members of Chambers have been appointed as Circuit Judges. Further, 2 of our members have had the honour to be appointed as Judges of the High Court.

While a large set, our individual specialisations are focused around seven practice groups: Crime, Family, Chancery & Commercial, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence, Employment, Regulatory, Shipping, International Trade & Arbitration.

The St Philips Chambers Criminal Group is one of the premier criminal teams in the Country. We boast a team of 8 Queen’s Counsel and 42 juniors allowing us to provide both strength and depth of representation and, of course, the highest levels of advocacy. Our members appear in all types of criminal Courts in the Country from the Magistrates’ Court to the Supreme Court (formerly the House of Lords). The cases in which members of the group are instructed regularly feature in the law reports and in the press. Members of the team are also regularly listed in the Legal 500 and Chambers Directory as being “leaders in their field.”

We both defend and prosecute. Our caseload includes cases of murder, manslaughter (including corporate manslaughter), terrorism, serious sexual offences, fraud, business crime and large scale drug conspiracies. Members of the group also appear in many matters of lesser criminality which nevertheless have devastating consequences for those facing such charges. Our sub-group headings give more detail about the cases we deal with and the services we offer.

Many members of the Group are listed as preferred counsel by key national defence firms as well as the Attorney General, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office.

The team is well represented in the judiciary with a significant number of members sitting part time as either Recorders in the Crown Court or Deputy District Judges in the Magistrates’ Court.

We are committed to the profession and the development of necessary skills. Individual members of the group have roles on the Bar Council and within the Criminal Bar Association. The group also has a substantial number of advocacy trainers for the Midland Circuit and the Inns of Court. We deal with publicly funded and privately funded cases

St Philips Family is part of St Philips Chambers, an award winning multi-disciplinary set of barristers which is widely recognised as one of the most innovative and forward-looking chambers in the UK. Previous members of Chambers include the late David Hershman QC, The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice MacFarlane, The Hon. Mr Justice Cobb, and The Hon. Mr Justice MacDonald.  We are the first barristers to have won The Chambers Bar Awards Regional Chambers of the Year award twice.

We are one of the largest groups of barristers specialising in family law in the country.  We have more than 50 practitioners and offer a vast breadth of experience across the entire range of family proceedings at every level of court.

We can provide Counsel of all levels of call, from juniors through senior juniors.  Direct professional access and mediation are also available.

Various legal directories have commented that St Philips has “impressive individuals and dynamic teams” and our barristers feature regularly in reported cases and reviews by the legal directories.

Many have appeared in significant cases which have helped to shape the current law.  Members of the group regularly contribute articles to law journals and publications.  A number of members of the team have published major works in the field of family law.

A number of our barristers also sit as part-time members of the judiciary including one Deputy High Court Judge, six Recorders of the County Courts, two Deputy District Judges and a Deputy Assistant Coroner.

Our barristers appreciate that family cases require more than just knowledge of the law. They strive to improve the breadth and depth of their knowledge by regular participation in multidisciplinary training and by membership of relevant organisations.

To help this, St Philips Family has established specialist teams of barristers for the main areas of Family Law: Family Finance; Care & Adoption; and, Private Children & Domestic Abuse.

Important information

St Philips is in a position to offer 4 specialist pupillages; 2 in Crime and 2 in Family. The start date for Pupillage will be October 2018.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 7th February 2018 at midnight.

Please complete and return this application form to Juliette Print, Head of HR and Administration, St Philips Chambers, 55 Temple Row, Birmingham B2 5LS or by e-mail to: pupillage@st-philips.com

Acknowledgement of receipt of application form

We will acknowledge receipt of your application; usually within a week. Please contact us if you do not receive this. If you do not receive confirmation from us, your application has not been received and will not be progressed.

Selection for Interview

We will be running two Pre-interview selection evenings in Chambers which will take place Tuesday 10th April and Wednesday 11th April 2018.   If you are invited to a selection evening you are required to attend if you wish to be considered for an interview.

Interview stage

Interviews will take place on Monday 23rd April 2018 at St Philips Chambers in Birmingham. Following a tour of St Philips Chambers, each interviewee will complete a Visual Accuracy assessment. First interviews will take place in the morning before a panel of the Pupillage Committee commencing from 8.30 am until approximately 12.30 pm.  Each first interview will last for up to 20 minutes, in the course of which candidates will be asked about one or more of the legal problems that will have been sent out with the invitation to attend for interview.  All candidates will be invited to attend Chambers at around 1.00 pm and will then be advised whether they will progress through to the second round of interviews or not.  The second interviews will take place in the afternoon before all members of the Pupillage Committee who are present.

Offers of pupillage

Offers of Pupillage will be made in line with the Pupillage Gateway timetable for 2018.