We are widely recognised as a leading progressive chambers and we enjoy an excellent reputation across the Western Circuit and beyond.
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.
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.
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/
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 offer a grant of £1,800 one month before the start of pupillage to assist you in re-location and accommodation costs.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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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 - 17/08/2016Download
Pupillage Application Form 2018
Pupillage application form for 2018. Applications will not be accepted in any other format.124 KB - 29/11/2017Download