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Chambers of Susan Hunter

Work 0117 923 4700
Fax 0117 929 4821
743350 BRISTOL 36

St John’s Chambers is one of the largest and most prestigious barristers’ sets in the South West, with nine silks and 81 juniors attracting high quality work in all major areas of civil law. We were recently voted ‘Regional Set of the Year 2018’ by Legal 500, an award which endorses our position as a stand out national set.

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)

"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 15 core practice areas: agriculture and rural affairs, clinical negligence, commercial, construction and engineering, Court of Protection, employment, family and divorce, inquests and public inquiries, international arbitration, personal injury, professional negligence, public and administrative law, real estate, tax, wills and trusts. In each of these we are ranked as Band 1 in Chambers UK for the South West.  Each core practice area has a dedicated clerking team to advise clients on the most suitable barrister for their case.


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.

Above material supplied by St John's Chambers (Chambers of Susan Hunter).

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