“St Ives Chambers has a strong reputation in family law, including financial remedy, children and care work.  The set is well known for its expertise surrogacy matters… Other key areas are crime, chancery, regulatory, housing and property law.”  Legal 500

St Ives Chambers is a successful common law set situated in the heart of Birmingham.

Chambers is well established on Circuit as one of the leading sets with expertise in Family, Civil and Criminal law.  Our strength lies in Chambers’ commitment to providing pupils with targeted, clear, well-structured training in both written and oral advocacy that equips them with the skills to build a strong and successful practice in tenancy.

We have 74 tenants and 13 Door Tenants (six of whom are in silk).  Chambers has two Family law silks and two Criminal Law silks, all of whom appear in some of the most significant cases in their area.

Our members practise across a variety of fields within Family, Civil and Criminal law and many of them sit in a part-time capacity in the High Court, as Recorders or as Deputy District Judges.

Pupillage at St Ives is a challenging but ultimately highly rewarding experience. We have high professional standards and expect much from those who join us in their First and Second Six.

Throughout the year pupils can expect support from all members of Chambers, from the most junior to the most senior. We encourage participation in Chambers’ events so that pupils have the opportunity to forge lasting relationships with professional clients.

Pupil supervisors are drawn from multiple practice areas enabling pupils to gain an invaluable and diverse range of experience during the twelve months of Pupillage. This includes experiencing members differing styles and approaches to cases – often in serious and complex matters. Chambers is proud of its high retention rates in offering tenancy to its pupils.  We have found that pupils are often able to use their experience during Pupillage as a springboard for success at the Bar as a tenant in Chambers.

In the last three years we have offered tenancy to eight pupils upon completion of their first and second six.

To find out more:

If you would like to discuss our Pupillage programme, please call 0121 236 0863 and speak to Timothy Bowe, William Douglas-Jones or Tom Harrill or email pupillage@stiveschambers.co.uk and a member of our Pupillage Committee will contact you.

To apply for Pupillage at St Ives Chambers:

For the Pupillage Application Pack, click here.

For the application form in a word format, click here.

For our Equality and Diversity monitoring form in a word document, click here.

For our Equality and Diversity policy, click here.

All applications must be sent or delivered to Chambers in a hard copy format by 5pm on Thursday 7th February 2019.

The process:

Thursday 7th February 2019:  Applications close.

Saturday 16th March 2019:  First round interviews.

Saturday 30th March 2019:  Second round interviews.