One Crown Office Row
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Description of chambers
This is a long-established and leading civil set of 70 members including 25 silks. 1 Crown Office Row is recognised as one of the leading sets in the UK, particularly in the fields of civil and public law. Indicators of excellence are the high number of members on the Attorney General’s panels, the growing number of QCs and the high number of former members now in the senior judiciary. We run the highly acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog and the podcast series Law Pod UK.
Areas of work
Our members practise in a wide range of specialisms and have been recognised as leading practitioners in areas including: clinical negligence, personal injury, professional negligence, professional discipline, inquests, public inquiries, public and administrative law, mediation, human rights, environmental law, costs, employment and equality, immigration and asylum, tax, and cyber. We also have many members with successful practices in multi-party actions, technology and construction and sports law. In the last few years, our instruction has included the Paterson litigation, Grenfell Tower inquiry and Windrush compensation scheme, amongst other top flight cases. Chambers & Partners has described the set as follows: “Its top-flight performers amass between them an enviable bank of knowledge of medical and regulatory issues, all of which is seasoned with efficient case management and excellent responsiveness. It also proves surprisingly versatile. Experts in environment, personal injury, civil liberties and general public law abound at an outfit that forms a whole that is very much greater than the sum of its parts.”
Who should apply
Candidates should have a keen interest in the areas of work in which members practise. Academic prowess is important, with a normal requirement of a first or upper second-class degree. A sound grounding in legal principle is expected. Chambers retains a strong reputation for the advocacy skills of its members and demonstration of an aptitude for advocacy is helpful. This may be shown in a number of ways, for instance mooting, debating and work in the voluntary legal services sector. Work at the Bar demands high levels of commitment and we look for signs that applicants have that quality by examining, for example, whether they have done mini-pupillages or in some other way established that the Bar, with all its challenges and hurdles, is for them.
We offer up to two 12-month pupillages. Each pupillage is split between three pupil supervisors. Pupils can expect to gain a wide experience of court and paperwork and have opportunities to help and accompany other members of chambers (including silks) on interesting cases.
How and when to apply
We offer places for 15 mini-pupils during June and July each year with applications closing at the end of February. Applications should be addressed to Owain Thomas QC. We also run an assessed mini-pupillage scheme aimed at students from less advantaged backgrounds. Full details are at www.1cor.com.
Each pupil receives an annual award of £55,000 paid as a £27,500 grant in the first six months and as £27,500 of guaranteed earnings in the second six. We also fund all necessary training courses for pupils. Pupils may draw down up to 20% of the award in advance to assist in funding their BPTC.