St Philips Stone Chambers aims to attract and retain the very best talent.

Committed to helping our team develop and broaden their skills, whatever their role, we provide the opportunity to learn as they work alongside colleagues who are leaders.

We promote equality of opportunity and we recruit on merit, looking for people of real ability who share our values.

  • Tenancy

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    • We are always pleased to receive applications from exceptional practitioners in any of the fields in which we practice. Successful applicants will generally already have, or be ready to develop, specialist practices.

      Applications should be made by letter and CV. These should be sent to the Chairman of the Recruitment Committee, Matthew Weaver, and marked “Recruitment”. E-mailed applications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should be copied to Juliette Print, PA to Chief Clerk, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

      1. The letter should set out:

      • The nature of your current practice
      • which Practice Group or, exceptionally, Groups you would wish to join at St. Philips.
      • why you wish to become a tenant at St. Philips
      • why you believe you would benefit St Philips. Successful candidates will generally be expected to demonstrate some ability and willingness to engage in business development for themselves, their Practice Group(s), and Chambers generally.

      Practice Groups are as follows:

      • ADR
      • Clinical Negligence
      • Commercial
      • Crime
      • Employment
      • Family
      • Personal Injury
      • Regulatory
      • Shipping, International Trade & Arbitration

      2. Please set out your gross fee income (excluding VAT) for the last three years, with a computer print out or similar breakdown and evidence. Where income has been affected by a career break, you may provide earlier details or some other evidence as to earning potential.

      3. You should provide two examples of written work, suitably anonymized. These should generally be from the last year.

      4. You should provide details of at least one case of difficulty or complexity in which you have been involved, giving details of your involvement.

      5. You should complete and submit answers to a set of formal questions. Confidential Information Form

      6. Please provide the names (with email addresses and telephone numbers) of two referees, which we will assume that we contact unless clearly marked otherwise.

      This procedure is primarily designed for those who are already in practice as independent barristers. If you are in a different situation, please feel free to adapt your application accordingly, and to discuss your position with us.

      We are committed to equal opportunities and to promoting diversity within the profession. You will be asked to complete and Equal Opportunities monitoring form. This does not form part of your application, and is generally not seen by those who make the decisions about your application.

      If you would like to discuss any aspect of your application or potential application, or if you want to know more about St Philips, please contact the Chairman of our Recruitment Committee, Matthew Weaver, on 0121 246 7000 (or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If he is not available, please contact our Chief Clerk, Joe Wilson or his PA, Juliette Print, on 0121 246 7000.

      You should receive an acknowledgement of your application within a few days. Please contact us if you do not.

      We will generally contact you by email, and will assume, unless you tell us otherwise, that any contact numbers etc. that you give us can be used without causing you embarrassment.

      The Chambers Complaints Procedure is available for anyone unhappy about how his or her application has been dealt with. Sarah Doyle, HR and Administration Assistant (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) can provide details.

  • ‘Third Six’ Pupillage

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    • We promote equality of opportunity and we recruit on merit, looking for people of real ability who share our values.

      For further information, please contact Juliette Print (Head of HR and Administration), on:

      Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      Telephone: 0121 246 7000


      Current Third Six Vacancies:

      There is currently no vacancies at St Philips Stone.
  • Pupillage

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    • St Philips Chambers was formed in 1998 as the result of the merger of two long-established sets.  We quickly won a 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 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.

      Our position in state of the art facilities at the heart of Birmingham’s commercial centre, together with a forward-looking management structure, underlines St Philips’ continuing desire to remain on the front foot as legislative and competitive pressures increase.

      St Philips also has Chambers in London and Leeds. This has enabled us to expand upon the first-class service we are renowned for, reinforcing our objective to make our exceptional team of barristers the first choice for clients nationally and internationally.

      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.

      What we can offer you

      St Philips is in a position to offer up to two pupillages; one Criminal pupil to be based in Birmingham and one Commercial pupil to be based in Leeds. The start date for the Birmingham Pupillage will be October 2017 and the start date for the Leeds pupillage will be October 2018.

      We are looking for exceptional and well-rounded individuals with good intellectual ability and a practical approach to problem solving. We are more interested in your potential than your background.

      Reflecting our clients’ increasing demand for expertise and excellence, St Philips now offers a range of specialist Pupillages, allowing each pupil to obtain detailed knowledge of their chosen field during their twelve month pupillage. We expect that this will give all of our junior tenants a solid foundation to develop a high-quality practice. But all pupils will still benefit from being part of a strong multidisciplinary set with an excellent reputation.

      The Pupillage award for 2017 and 2018 will be £40,000. £20,000 is payable over the course of the first six months. We expect you to earn a similar amount in your second six and we provide an earnings guarantee of £20,000 for this period.

      We will meet the costs of the courses which are compulsory during Pupillage.  Upon the satisfactory completion of the first six months, we provide you with your own copy of two substantial practice texts such as: Archbold; Civil Procedure Rules (“The White Book”), or the Family Court Practice (“The Red Book”).

      Pupillage at St Philips is a unique and rewarding experience. We look forward to receiving your application.

      Important information

      The opening date for applications is Monday 9th January 2017.

      The closing date for applications is Monday 6th February 2017. 

      Please complete and return this application form (enclosing the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form) to Juliette Print, PA to Chief Clerk, St Philips Chambers, 55 Temple Row, Birmingham B2 5LS or by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      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 11th April and Wednesday 12th April 2017. 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 Saturday 29th April 2017 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 2017.