Set Profile > Chambers of Susan Hunter > Bristol , South West

Chambers of Susan Hunter
St John's Chambers
South West

Set overviews: England and Wales

For some, St John's Chambers is ‘unquestionably the go-to set for private client litigation in the South West’, while others say it is ‘a must instruct for personal injury and clinical negligence’, as well as covering the gamut of other practice areas including commercial, construction, and property law. In recent chambers news, dual-qualified Ryan Morgan, formerly of Queen Square Chambers, joined the family and divorce team. The ‘excellent’ clerks are ‘always helpful and approachable, they are a main cog in the process of the great communication between instructing solicitor and barrister – they just get it’; chief executive Derek Jenkins heads the team that ‘makes the lives of instructing solicitors so much easer, making the set feel like an extension of the solicitors’ own departments and not a standalone body’. Practice managers Rob Bocock, Luke Hodgson, and Annette Bushell manage the commercial, family, and personal injury teams respectively. Offices in: Bristol

St John’s Chambers is one of the largest and most prestigious barristers’ sets in the South West, with 9 silks and 76 juniors attracting high-quality work in all major areas of civil law. We were voted ‘Regional Set of the Year 2018’ by Legal 500 and ‘Chambers of the Year 2018‘ by Bristol Law Society, these awards endorse our position as a stand-out national set. Chambers has recently been shortlisted ‘Regional Set of the Year’ by Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019.

We demonstrate excellence and innovation in the provision of legal services having been involved in a number of landmark decisions in the High Court and Court of Appeal. As one of the go-to chambers for legal advice outside London, we receive high level complex instructions from law firms across the UK, multi-national businesses, high net-worth individuals and people from all walks of life. The leading directories describe us as a ‘Western Circuit Powerhouse’ (Legal 500) and ‘Like having London-quality barristers on your doorstep.’ (Chambers UK).

Our commitment

Whether you are a law firm, a business, a public sector organisation or a private individual, you can be sure you will receive legal expertise and client care of the very highest standards from St John’s. Our barristers are described by peers as easy to work with and committed to delivering quality advice on time. They will prepare the strongest possible case and keep all parties informed at every stage. As part of our commitment to our clients, we make sure all communications are timely, clear and concise.

Our clients

Our client base includes regional and national law firms, representing and advising prominent businesses and private individuals. We also provide advice and representation under the public access scheme to members of the public and individual professionals and executives such as planning consultants, managing directors and doctors.

Areas of work

We have top tier expertise in: agriculture and rural affairs, clinical negligence, commercial, construction and engineering, Court of Protection, employment, family and divorce, health & safety, inquests and public inquiries, international arbitration, licensing, personal injury, planning, professional negligence, public and administrative law, real estate, tax, wills and trusts. Chambers UK consistently ranks us in Band 1 for our main practice areas. Each core practice area has a dedicated clerking team to advise clients on the most suitable barrister for their case. Read more


For cases where mediation is appropriate, we have a team of 26 qualified mediators available to assist in the capacity of adviser, advocate or mediator. Our modern, purpose-built office premises include rooms that are designed specifically for mediations.

Seminars and events

We are committed to providing first class CPD courses in all major areas of law. Clients have described our seminars as

“an excellent day and one of the best I have ever been on.”

St John’s Chambers provides full, half-day and evening events, short tailored talks, bespoke courses and seminars in conjunction with law firms, charities and insurance companies. We offer outstanding hospitality at venues selected for their comfort, convenience and excellent catering.


St John’s Chambers opened in 1978 in Broad Street, Bristol with five members; the life expectancy of the business was six months. Forty years on, the business is one of the leading sets in the South West, with over 85 members and recognised as top tier in all major areas of law.

Our offices

Our modern purpose-built offices in the centre of Bristol are easily accessible, close to the City’s historic harbour and major road links and just a short walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station.

Our recent charitable commitments include:

  • Raised £5,400 for the Spinal Injuries Association from its spinal injuries conference and drinks reception.
  • Participated in the annual Taunton Dragon Boat Festival in support of Headway Somerset, raising over £2,000 for this worthy cause.
  • Raised £930 for The Coroners’ Courts Support Service.
  • Hosted and organised the AvMA 35th anniversary dinner in the autumn which brought together all the major clinical negligence firms and Chambers in the South West, and raised £3,600.
Department Name Email Telephone
Chief executive Derek Jenkins
Head of Marketing & Events Sarah Sands
Office manager Isabelle Mills
Key clerking contacts Rob Bocock (commercial and Chancery)
Key clerking contacts Luke Hodgson (family)
Key clerking contacts Annette Bushell (personal injury and clinical negligence)
Members of Chambers SHARP QC, Christopher (1975)
Members of Chambers BLOHM QC, Leslie (1982)
Members of Chambers SKELLORN QC, Kathryn (1993)
Members of Chambers WILSON-SMITH QC, Christopher (1965)*
Members of Chambers ORNSBY QC, Suzanne (1986)*
Members of Chambers PHILLIPS QC, Matthew (1993)
Members of Chambers GODWIN QC, William (1986)*
Members of Chambers O'SULLIVAN QC, Derek (1990)*
Members of Chambers BULLOCK, Ian (1975)
Members of Chambers GRICE, Timothy (1975)
Members of Chambers BLACKMORE, John (1983)
Members of Chambers STEAD, Richard (1979)
Members of Chambers NEILL, Robin (1979)
Members of Chambers AULD, Charles (1980)
Members of Chambers WADSLEY, Peter (1984)
Members of Chambers DUTHIE, Catriona (1981)
Members of Chambers HUNTER, Susan (1985)
Members of Chambers MILLER, Nick (1994)
Members of Chambers MORGAN, Simon (1988)
Members of Chambers DAS, Kamala (1975)
Members of Chambers LEEPER, Tom (1991)
Members of Chambers SHARPLES, John (1992)
Members of Chambers KEARNEY, Andrew (2007)
Members of Chambers MARTIN, Dianne (1992)
Members of Chambers LIGHT, Prof Roy (1992)
Members of Chambers McLAUGHLIN, Andrew (1993)
Members of Chambers MAXWELL, Adrian (1993)
Members of Chambers PHILLIMORE, Sarah (1994)
Members of Chambers REGAN, David (1994)
Members of Chambers PEARCE-SMITH, James (2002)
Members of Chambers DICKINSON, John (1995)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Judi (1996)
Members of Chambers WHITE, Matthew (1997)
Members of Chambers O'REGAN, Matthew (2015)
Members of Chambers HARRISON, Graeme (1997)
Members of Chambers ZEB, Emma (1998)
Members of Chambers HORNE, Julian (1998)
Members of Chambers TROUP, Alex (1998)
Members of Chambers BOND, Abigail (1999)
Members of Chambers VALENTINE, Justin (1999)
Members of Chambers THORNTON, Delia (1999}
Members of Chambers MCKINLAY, Vanessa (2000)
Members of Chambers HUSSAIN, Zahid (2001)
Members of Chambers RUSSELL, Rachel (2001)
Members of Chambers REED, Lucy (2002)
Members of Chambers ELFORD, Caroline (2002)
Members of Chambers BELYAVIN, Julia (2003)
Members of Chambers SAUNDERS, Zoe (2003)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Rebecca (2003)
Members of Chambers JONES, Christopher (2004)
Members of Chambers LEWIS, Darren (2004)
Members of Chambers COMMINS, Andrew (2004)
Members of Chambers ATKINSON, Jody (2005)
Members of Chambers GOLD, Richard (2006)
Members of Chambers WEST, Patrick (2007)
Members of Chambers HANDY, Ben (2008)
Members of Chambers PIKE, Olivia (2008)
Members of Chambers BARBER, Jimmy (2008)
Members of Chambers MARWICK, James (2008)
Members of Chambers CLARKE, Michael (2009)
Members of Chambers WOODING, Oliver (2009)
Members of Chambers NORMAN, Richard (2009)
Members of Chambers POINTON, Nick (2010)
Members of Chambers DZAMEH, Natasha (2010)
Members of Chambers NEWINGTON-BRIDGES, Charlie (2011)
Members of Chambers HUGHES, James (2011)
Members of Chambers BOYLE, Adam (2012)
Members of Chambers HARRIS, Jack (2012)
Members of Chambers COATES-WALKER, Marcus (2013)
Members of Chambers GROVES, Asha (2013)
Members of Chambers SEGAL, Rachel (2013)
Members of Chambers MILLS, Robert (2014)
Members of Chambers KNIGHT, Joss (2014)
Members of Chambers PRICE, Emma (2014)
Members of Chambers LARGE, Iain (2016)
Members of Chambers Scarsbrook, Bethany (2014)
Members of Chambers RILEY, Oliver (2013)
Members of Chambers Smith-Holland, SOPHIE (2015)
Members of Chambers Dudbridge, HARRIET (2015)
Members of Chambers Lindfield, JONATHAN (2017)
Members of Chambers Sampson, ANNIE (2017)
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