Pupillage

The application process for pupillages to commence in October 2019 is closed at present.

St Philips is in a position to offer up to five pupillages in October 2019; one Criminal pupil, two Family, one Commercial and one Employment/PI to be based in Birmingham. The start date for these Pupillages will be October 2019 and the application process will open January 2019.

Who we are

St Philips Chambers was formed in 1998 as the result of the merger of two long-established Birmingham sets.  St Philips Chambers now has offices in Birmingham and Leeds. We have a well-established 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 have been shortlisted again for Regional Set of the Year by Chambers and Partners In 2016 and 2017. ‘Chambers of the Year’ at the Yorkshire Lawyer awards, 3 years in a row (2015, 16 &17).

We have dominated the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards, winning ‘Barrister of the Year’ 5 times in the last 6 years. 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.”

Since 2000, 19 members of Chambers have been appointed as Queen’s Counsel and 16 members of Chambers have been appointed as Circuit Judges. Further, 2 of our members have had the honour to be appointed as Judges of the High Court.

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.

The St Philips Chambers Criminal Group is one of the premier criminal teams in the Country. We boast a team of 8 Queen’s Counsel and 42 juniors allowing us to provide both strength and depth of representation and, of course, the highest levels of advocacy. Our members appear in all types of criminal Courts in the Country from the Magistrates’ Court to the Supreme Court (formerly the House of Lords). The cases in which members of the group are instructed regularly feature in the law reports and in the press. Members of the team are also regularly listed in the Legal 500 and Chambers Directory as being “leaders in their field.”

We both defend and prosecute. Our caseload includes cases of murder, manslaughter (including corporate manslaughter), terrorism, serious sexual offences, fraud, business crime and large scale drug conspiracies. Members of the group also appear in many matters of lesser criminality which nevertheless have devastating consequences for those facing such charges. Our sub-group headings give more detail about the cases we deal with and the services we offer.

Many members of the Group are listed as preferred counsel by key national defence firms as well as the Attorney General, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office.

The team is well represented in the judiciary with a significant number of members sitting part time as either Recorders in the Crown Court or Deputy District Judges in the Magistrates’ Court.

We are committed to the profession and the development of necessary skills. Individual members of the group have roles on the Bar Council and within the Criminal Bar Association. The group also has a substantial number of advocacy trainers for the Midland Circuit and the Inns of Court. We deal with publicly funded and privately funded cases

St Philips Family is part of St Philips Chambers, an award winning multi-disciplinary set of barristers which is widely recognised as one of the most innovative and forward-looking chambers in the UK. Previous members of Chambers include the late David Hershman QC, The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice MacFarlane, The Hon. Mr Justice Cobb, and The Hon. Mr Justice MacDonald.  We are the first barristers to have won The Chambers Bar Awards Regional Chambers of the Year award twice.

We are one of the largest groups of barristers specialising in family law in the country.  We have more than 50 practitioners and offer a vast breadth of experience across the entire range of family proceedings at every level of court.

We can provide Counsel of all levels of call, from juniors through senior juniors.  Direct professional access and mediation are also available.

Various legal directories have commented that St Philips has “impressive individuals and dynamic teams” and our barristers feature regularly in reported cases and reviews by the legal directories.

Many have appeared in significant cases which have helped to shape the current law.  Members of the group regularly contribute articles to law journals and publications.  A number of members of the team have published major works in the field of family law.

A number of our barristers also sit as part-time members of the judiciary including one Deputy High Court Judge, six Recorders of the County Courts, two Deputy District Judges and a Deputy Assistant Coroner.

Our barristers appreciate that family cases require more than just knowledge of the law. They strive to improve the breadth and depth of their knowledge by regular participation in multidisciplinary training and by membership of relevant organisations.

To help this, St Philips Family has established specialist teams of barristers for the main areas of Family Law: Family Finance; Care & Adoption; and, Private Children & Domestic Abuse.