Recruitment

We are widely recognised as a leading progressive chambers and we enjoy an excellent reputation across the Western Circuit and beyond. 

With a focus on service standards, consistency and integrity, Queen Square is able to provide outstanding levels of advice and advocacy at all levels.

Our core practice areas are chancery, clinical negligence, commercial, crime, employment, family, personal injury and regulatory law.

All applications will be treated in strictest confidence and we are fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity irrespective of colour, race, disability, age, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.

Tenancy

We welcome applications to join our chambers and we are always interested to talk to high-calibre practitioners with a proven record at all levels of seniority in any area in which we practice.

In the first instance applications for tenancy should be made by sending a CV with covering letter to Christopher Taylor, our Head of Chambers, at the following address: Queen Square Chambers, 56 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4PR.

Cross-qualified applicants are always welcomed and each submission will be treated on its own merits as situations can be so varied. Please submit a CV and covering letter to Ian Halliday, Head of Pupillage Committee: Queen Square Chambers, 56 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4PR.

Third Six

We also welcome applications for “third six” pupillages from exceptional candidates who will have completed compulsory pupillage and who wish to gain further experience in any of our core practice areas.

In the first instance applications for third six pupillage should be made by sending a CV with covering letter to James Bromige at the following address: Queen Square Chambers, 56 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4PR and will be considered in the light of departmental needs at any given time.

Successful applicants can expect a busy and varied diary of criminal, family and civil work across the Western and Wales and Chester Circuits.

Please include a summary of work done during your pupillage as well as a copy of your court diary for the past two months (if possible). If you would like to speak to James confidentially before making an application please contact Chambers on 0117 921 1966.

Chambers is happy to take over the management of your aged debt from your previous set and no rent will be levied on this. All income received through Chambers is subject to a 10% rent.

For an insight in to the life of a third-six pupil here, see Mike Blitz’s blog article from last year: http://queensquarechambers.co.uk/news-view/life-third-six/

Pupillage

Queen Square Chambers usually offers one 12-month general common law pupillage commencing in October with funding of £8,100 in first six and guaranteed earnings of £8,100 in second six.  We realise that the first few months of pupillage can be a financial struggle and so will be offering a grant of £1,800 one month before the start of pupillage to assist you in re-location and accommodation costs for our 2018 pupil.

The deadline for pupillage applications for our next intake is 5th February to start on 1st October 2018.

Chambers is located in Bristol and our members are instructed in cases nationwide, with a particular focus on the Western and Wales and Chester Circuits.

During pupillage you can expect to have 3 pupil supervisors each for a four-month period.  Alongside the Western Circuit advocacy training, Chambers runs its own in-house advocacy programme to best prepare you for second six as well as comprehensive feedback on all written work.

Once you start your second six you can expect a busy and varied diary in all areas of Chambers work.  Alongside Magistrates Court work, recent pupils have been instructed in Crown Court matters, Family proceedings, Fast Track trials and Employment Tribunals.  New tenants have been able to build upon this platform of mixed work to forge successful practices, often exceeding the levels of their contemporaries in London.

Chambers only offers pupillage with a view to tenancy and since 2012 has had 8 pupils, all of whom have been taken on as tenants. The tenancy decision is usually made within one month before the completion of pupillage.

Please complete the 2018 application form and Equality and Diversity form below and return to pupillage@qs-c.co.uk by the deadline of 5th February 2018.

Mini-Pupillage

We offer a limited number of mini-pupillages throughout the year – an opportunity for applicants to experience all elements of life at the Bar in Bristol. Mini-pupils will have the opportunity to shadow members in chambers in court and during conferences. You will also be able to ask any questions about pupillage at Queen Square and the profession as a whole.

Applications are assessed by academic ability, demonstration of the skills required to succeed as a Barrister, and enthusiasm for potential practice in Bristol and / or at Queen Square Chambers. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from those in their second year of study at either the University of Bristol of the University of the West of England.

Mini-pupillages are neither assessed nor a pre-requisite to any future pupillage application.

Applications should be made by way of a CV and covering letter, either by post or email (.pdf format preferred) to Mike Blitz (mib@qs-c.co.uk) marked ‘Mini-pupillage Application’ accompanied by a copy of the Queen Square Equal Opportunities monitoring form which can be found below (this will be detached from the application upon receipt).

Mini-pupillage at Queen Square Chambers will aim to include all our practice areas, however it would assist if your covering letter indicated any particular areas of interest.

Applications are assessed quarterly and the following deadlines apply:

30 September – for mini-pupillages in January to March the following year;
31 December – for mini-pupillages in April to June the following year;
31 March – for mini-pupillage in July to September;
30 June – for mini-pupillages in September to December;

Unfortunately we are not able to provide financial support for mini-pupils.

Staff

Office Junior

A fantastic opportunity for an Office Junior has arisen. You will be working alongside a team of Clerks assisting with administrative duties and aiding the barristers.

Normal working hours are 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, with an hour for lunch.

This role is available for immediate start, pending references.

Role responsibilities

Accepting and handling all incoming and outgoing Post.

Monitoring, maintaining and replenishing stationary stocks.

Taking urgent documents to the local court buildings and solicitors’ firms.

Photocopying, scanning and printing important documents.

Answering the telephone.

Preparing refreshments for meetings.

Ensuring all public areas of the building are kept tidy.

Essential skills and attributes

Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.

Polite telephone manner.

Passionate about providing great customer service.

Well-presented.

Able to use own initiative and hard working.

IT literate.

Punctual.

Desirable skills

Previous office based experience.

Familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint programs.

IT problem solving (or an interest in learning this).

Rewards

25 days holiday per year, plus bank holidays.

Competitive salary, based on experience.

Access to company pension scheme, if applicable.

Education level required

At least 5 GCSEs grade A* – C (or equivalent) including English

Queen Square Chambers is a busy Barristers chambers which has been based in central Bristol for more than 40 years. Our barristers provide legal representation across the country on a daily basis. Our barristers practice within Chancery/Commercial, Criminal, Employment, Family, Medical Negligence, Regulatory and Personal Injury Law.

You would be working as part of a friendly team of 8, based in our Bristol office located on Queen Square.

To apply, please provide a copy of your CV, covering letter and details of two referees to Colleen Inker, Practice Director at ci@qs-c.co.uk or Queen Square Chambers, 56 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4PR

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  • Equal Opportunities Monitoring form

    Applicants should enclose a copy of this form. It will be detached from the application to ensure we follow our Equality and Diversity policy.

    205 KB - 17/08/2016
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    Pupillage Application Form 2018

    Pupillage application form for 2018. Applications will not be accepted in any other format.

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