Head of chambers
Mr Richard Booth QC
This is a long-established and leading civil set of 74 members including 27 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, the podcast Law Pod UK and Quarterly Medical Law Review (QMLR).
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 ‘Tavistock ‘puberty blockers’ case, Grenfell Tower inquiry and, Windrush compensation scheme, amongst other top flight cases. Chambers and Partners has described the set as follows: “Its top-flight performers amass between them an enviable bank of knowledge of medical and regulator 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.”
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 four 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.
We offer two types of mini-pupillages; traditional and assessed. We offer places for 15 mini-pupils, normally during June and July each year for our traditional mini-pupillage. We also run assessed mini-pupillage scheme aimed at students from less advantaged backgrounds. Full details and deadlines on our website under ‘Careers’.
Each pupil receives an annual award of £65,000 paid as a £32,500 grant in the first six months and as £32,500 of guaranteed earnings in the second six. We also fund all necessary training courses for pupils. Pupils may draw down up to £20,000 of the award in advance to assist in funding their BPTC.
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
Civil law encompasses a very broad range of legal issues, including those relating to contract, tort, probate and trusts.
Civil liberties & human rights
Human rights law is essential for a fair society where all are protected, including the vulnerable.
Typically, common law chambers are multidisciplinary and are divided into practice groups so members can develop and maintain specialisations.
Employment lawyers handle a variety of issues, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, equal pay and whistleblowing claims.
Think about all the things that members of a family can fall out about and multiply that – that’s your area.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Planning law regulates the way property owners use and develop their property in the interests of the wider community.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.
Tax barristers advise and litigate on all aspects of commercial and personal tax issues.