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 should be made by sending a CV with covering letter to James Bromige, head of the pupillage committee, at the following address: Queen Square Chambers, 56 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4PR.

Applications will be considered in the light of departmental needs at any given time and will be treated in strictest confidence. Chambers is 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.

Pupillage

Queen Square Chambers usually offers one 12-month general common law pupillage commencing in October with funding of £7500 in first six and guaranteed earnings of £7500 in second six.

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.

 

Mini-Pupillage

We offer a limited number of unfunded 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.

We will ask members of chambers that you shadow to provide feedback on you. If you make an application for pupillage in the future then this information may be referred to.

 

Applications

Applications should be made by way of a CV and covering letter and be clearly marked ‘Mini-pupillage Application’. Applications by email will not be accepted. Mini-pupillage at Queen Square Chambers will aim to include all our practice areas but it would help if your covering letter indicated which areas of our work you are particularly interested in. Successful applicants will demonstrate an interest in practising at the Bar together with strong qualifications and good communication skills.

Applications should also enclose a copy of the Queen Square Equal Opportunities monitoring form which can be found below. This will be detached from the application and used to ensure we follow our Equality and Diversity policy.

We regret that we cannot offer work experience to students who have yet to complete the second year of their undergraduate degree.

Application deadlines

Deadline for a mini-pupillage between January and March is 30 September.

Deadline for a mini pupillage between April and June is 31 December.

Deadline for a mini pupillage between July and September is 31 March.

Deadline for a mini pupillage between October and December is 30 June.

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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.

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