About us

Chambers of Martin Rutherford QC.

Our barristers are dedicated to providing the best in client care – a friendly approach combined with first class advocacy and specialist advice.
Our clerks are skilled in helping to identify the right barrister for each case and pride themselves on efficiency which is second to none.
With video conferencing facilities and IT support, we are at the forefront in dealing with case handling in the digital age.

Our Expertise

Members of 15NBS conduct all aspects of criminal work for defence solicitors, members of the public and prosecuting authorities. We cater to the needs of all clients, who may be facing substantial loss of liberty, coupling professionalism with a friendly approach. Members of chambers deal with private client work on all levels, please contact one of the clerks for further details. Each case brings its own unique challenges, but we fight fearlessly and with integrity for the right result for the client, whether dealing with the most straightforward of cases in a Magistrates Court; handling sensitive witnesses in highly emotive trials or dealing with cases of the utmost complexity in the Crown Court, or arguing points of law before the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court or the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Our specialist regulatory team is made up of members who appear before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council, the General Dental Council and mental health tribunals.

"Dedicated barristers with an eye for detail"

"well prepared, demonstrating complete mastery of the case at hand"

"renowned for excellence"

"An innovative, energetic and approachable set focused on bringing a fresh approach to legal services"

“highly regarded, talented and committed barristers”

Join Us

Chambers has a strong commitment to equality of opportunity for all and welcomes applications from people from all sections of society, regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age or religion.

Equal Opportunities

If you are an established practitioner looking to move to Chambers with forward thinking colleagues and first class administrative support, then you may wish to apply for a tenancy with us. Chambers offers an exciting, and highly competitive flat rate percentage. To discuss this further, please contact our Head of Recruitment, Sophie Shotton or Glenn Matthews clerks , tel: 020 7842 1919.

All approaches are dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

We are currently inviting applications for third six pupillage to start immediately. We practice nationally, but pupils can expect to work primarily in London and the South East, and to be in court every day.

We are a friendly set and possess a firm commitment to equal opportunities. Pupils can expect to participate fully in Chambers life.

Applications for Third Six Pupillage to be submitted by email with a covering letter and CV to Helen Dawson (Secretary to the Pupillage Committee) at pupillage.applications@15nbs.com, marked for the attention of ‘Third Six Pupillage’.

All applications will be treated in strict confidence and in accordance with the Bar Council’s Equality & Diversity Rules.

15 New Bridge Street Chambers

Chambers of Martin Rutherford QC

2 x 12 month Pupillage (October 2021, April 2022) 

15 New Bridge Street is a prominent set of chambers on the South Eastern Circuit, specialising in criminal and regulatory work, providing representation at every level. Chambers will be offering two criminal pupillages starting in October 2021 and April 2022, respectively.

 

What we offer

We offer a first class pupillage which provides pupils with the breadth and depth of experience needed for a successful career at the Criminal Bar. We pride ourselves on ensuring that pupils are well supervised and supported throughout their pupillage and we have an excellent track record of recruiting tenants from those who complete pupillage with us.

Pupillage at 15 New Bridge Street is divided into three periods (two three-month periods in the first six and six months in the second six) each of which are spent with a different supervisor. You will be expected to produce work for other members of Chambers throughout the year and you will receive in-house advocacy training and formal feedback at the conclusion of each three-month period.

We are looking for the brightest graduates from any university to fill our pupillage places, but we do not exclude anyone purely on the basis of their class of degree. We look for personality, all-round ability and commitment as well as considering your academic record. We are an equal opportunities employer.

 

Financial Support

The pupillage award for 2021 is currently £18, 960 but pupils should expect this to increase during pupillage in accordance with the London Living Wage as prescribed by the Bar Standards Board. This is by way of a grant of £9, 480 for the first non-practising six months and guaranteed earnings of £9, 480 during the second practising six months.

In addition, Chambers pays for the continuing education courses which a pupil is required to undertake during pupillage and for travel costs outside of London.

 

How to apply

All 12-month pupillages are offered by way of a non-gateway application form, which can be downloaded using the link below.

Applications will be accepted from 04 January 2021 at pupillage.applications@15nbs.com.

The closing date for the 2021 pupillage applications is 08 February 2021.

 

A mini pupillage at 15NBS is an important opportunity for you to experience life as a Criminal Barrister. It will help you make a better-informed decision as to what the Criminal Bar is really like and what would be required of you. A mini pupillage normally involves spending at least 3 days at court. You will be able to ask questions and speak to other members of the Bar and get an inside view of Court Life. Although the mini-pupillage is not assessed, it is something we take into account, should you apply to Chambers for a pupillage in the future

We offer mini pupillages between April – September for people studying Criminal Law and those applying must be 17 and over and about to begin an undergraduate law degree, or already be engaged in legal studies.

Applications should be emailed to sue.wright@15nbs.com enclosing a covering letter, a CV and your exam results to date.