Survey Results - Trainee feedback on 18 St John Street Chambers

The lowdown - Pupils (in their own words) on 18 St John Street Chambers

We sent The Lex 100 Pupil Barrister survey to pupils and juniors up to two years in tenancy at 18 St John Street Chambers. Here is what they had to say:

Why did you choose these chambers over any others?

‘I thoroughly enjoyed my mini-pupillage, far more than that of any other chambers’, ‘felt like I would fit in. Very supportive’, ‘its friendliness, the location and quality of work’, ‘the people are friendly and approachable, which is very important for someone new to the profession’, ‘reputation and location’

How does your training compare with what you have heard from pupils at other chambers?

‘Similar experience to most other pupils – great exposure to a wide variety of the work I’m interested in’, ‘members of my chambers are very encouraging, supportive and always happy to help’, ‘I understand that other pupils received in-house training, which would have been useful’, ‘excellent. My quality of work is far better than the work undertaken by my peers’

What is the best thing about the chambers?

‘Its people – other members of chambers and staff alike’, ‘the people!’, ‘the friendliness of most people’, ‘open-door policy’

What is the worst thing about the chambers?

‘Some departments are cliquey’, ‘I honestly cannot think of one’, ‘poor clerking, poor quality work, low pay’

What has been the best moment of your training to date?

‘Conducting research which assisted the judge and senior members of the Bar in resolving a long- standing issue in a case’, ‘first Crown Court trial’, ‘finishing my pupillage!’, ‘being instructed in a high-value multi-track trial whilst still a pupil – a great experience’, ‘shadowing some interesting cases when in pupillage’

What has been the worst moment of your training date?

‘Feeling overwhelmingly nervous on the first day of my second six and not performing as well as I should have within the court setting’, ‘completing pupillage during the global pandemic and national lockdowns’