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 Charles Row, 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.

Third Six

We presently welcome applications for “third six” pupillages from Criminal pupils, who will have completed compulsory pupillage and who wish to advance in this area. This is with a view to an offer of tenancy as a criminal practitioner.

Previous second and third six pupils have found themselves quickly on their feet in the Crown Court, defending and prosecuting trials and appearing in the Court of Appeal.

To aid in any transition or move to chambers, we offer third six pupils rent at a reduced rate for six months and are flexible on the start date.

Please apply by sending a covering letter and CV to James Bromige (jpgb@qs-c.co.uk) along with a copy of your last 3 months’ work diary and any references that you may have available. If you would like to speak to James confidentially before making an application please contact Chambers on 0117 921 1966.

If you have any queries relating to a third six experience at Queen Square Chambers, please feel free to contact Mike Blitz (our most recent tenant following a successful third six pupillage) who has put together a few words on the subject: http://queensquarechambers.co.uk/news-view/life-third-six/

Mike welcomes any requests for an ‘off the record’ conversation about life at the Bristol Bar, practising at Queen Square Chambers and Bristol in general. He will not be part of the recruitment process.

Applications will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and referees will not be contacted without your permission.

Pupillage

Queen Square Chambers is offering two 12-month general common law pupillages commencing in October 2019 with funding of £9,000 in first six and guaranteed earnings of £9,000 in second six.  We realise that the first few months of pupillage can be a financial struggle and so will offer a grant of £2,000 one month before the start of pupillage to assist you in re-location and accommodation costs.

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 10 pupils, all of whom have been taken on as tenants. The tenancy decision is usually made within one month before the completion of pupillage.

The deadline for applications is 4pm Tuesday 5th February with interviews to be held March/April 2019. Please submit your application and equal opportunities monitoring forms, which are available to download below to pupillage@qs-c.co.uk

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 the form below, returned by email to minipupillage@qs-c.co.uk. .pdf format is preferred to preserve formatting. Please also complete and return our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form, also available below.

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.

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Downloads

  • 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.

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  • Mini Pupillage Application Form

    Download and return your completed form to minipupillage@qs-c.co.uk.

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