The 2019 Chambers Most List goes live

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Expanded careers guide now feature 50 sets — each with a Legal Cheek View and Insider Scorecard rankings

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The definitive student guide to the leading barristers’ chambers in England and Wales has gone live with its 2019 version.

The new Legal Cheek Chambers Most List features over 50 sets, including all the magic circle, the other major commercial chambers, the human rights outfits and the main regional powerhouses.

The can be sorted in order of pretty much everything — from number of pupillages offered to size of pupillage awards; from diversity to most Oxbridge-educated new tenants.

The 2019 Chambers Most List

Each firm in the lists has a detailed profile, containing an extensive ‘The Legal Cheek View’ analysis of what they’re like as a place to work and how they have been performing recently, alongside an Insider Scorecard with the grades they received in the Legal Cheek Junior Barrister Survey 2018-19.

The enhanced profiles are also a jumping off point to firms’ social media and graduate recruitment pages.

Check out, too, Legal Cheek’s Key Deadlines Calendar, containing all the major firms’ graduate recruitment deadlines, and the new Legal Cheek iPhone app with key deadline alerts straight to your phone.

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How much do these sets pay you to advertise here?


What is the point of this list?

Any commercial set now requires a CV which would have Slaughters’ recruitment spaffing themselves with excitement, the number of candidates who could use this list to choose between pupillage offers from multiple chambers is minuscule.


Absolutely right. For almost every candidate, the only thing that is of any relevance is whether they have offered you a pupillage or not. It’s really not a candidate’s market.


I don’t know why LC keeps deleting my comment, You don’t have “a detailed profile, containing an extensive ‘The Legal Cheek View’ analysis of what they’re like as a place to work and how they have been performing recently” [sic] for each set on your list.


It isn’t a candidates market – just pray you don’t end up at a PI set and get stuck in PI for years.

Alan Blacker

Where is the Chambers of Lord Harley?

R. Clowne

In a counsel house in Rochdale!

See what I did there?



It is laughable that the guide suggests that top civil common law sets like 12KBW, and 3 Sergeants Inn and the like a junior tenant will be working between 50 and 59 hours per week.

As a junior tenant, your life will consist of criss crossing the country undertaking numerous interim applications, often twice a day in far flung county courts. In addition to undertaking fast track trials, and employment tribunal cases, in addition to settling pleadings, and doing advices in the evenings and weekends as one will be in court everyday. 80-100 hours is nearer the mark


Lol, 100 hours a week as a regular thing? Like the averagely successful common law junior starts work at 9 and doesn’t finish til midnight 7 days a week, every week? Come off it. The whole reason we come to the bar is so we don’t have to do that.


As someone who once did civil and gave it up, I can verify that this is an accurate representation of a junior civil practice.


But… why? If you’re legitimately drowning in work just take on less?


Not diplomatically possible for a junior trying to build a practice.

If you don’t do what you’re given by the clerks/ more senior bods you get a reputation for being lazy.

It seems to be a right of passage for general common law pupils/ junior tenants to be in court every day and working into the early hours on advices/ drafting.

That’s why I got out and now do solely crime.


Oh great, so as a criminal junior you can go out and act as a loss leader for senior practitioners. Sounds like an awesome trade.


Yes, doing work for free so the QCs get to buy a new Bentley truly is the dream.


Hardwicke for one won’t let you choose what you take and what you don’t. Targets are set, and they require serious hard work to meet. They strain almost to breaking point the notion of the s/e Bar.


Anyway, I’m pretty sure the hours thing is drawn from the survey the LC sends out to juniors at the sets in question.


Very glad in hindsight I never got pupillage. That sounds like an absolutely miserable way to live. It’s no wonder so many barristers seek support for mental health problems and alcoholism.


Don’t listen to the bullsh1tters, who also didn’t get pupillage.


Which is why, if you are sensible, you avoid mixed civil sets and personal injury work like the plague.


Lazy fcuker.


If you are working 100 hour weeks on a regular basis you need to reassess your priorities mate! Put your hourly rate up and have a bath and an early night.


On second thoughts, actually you’re not in practice are you? Otherwise you would have got the email from LC asking you (among other things) to declare how many hours juniors work on average at your set and deduced that the figures on this guide are derived from the answers given by respondents to that email… Oh dear, better get back to studying so one day you too can bill 10,000 hours per year at Sergeants Inn!


“The new ‘Legal Cheek Chambers Most List’ features over 50 sets, including all the magic circle”

Magic circle are solicitors firms mate.


This only has 50 odd sets in it. Out of a couple hundred that offer pupillage regularly. It’s hardly thorough and not particularly useful.


@anon 4.25. Trust me those hours in the first 5 years are about right, and don’t really improve that much overtime . These sets have too much work rather than too little and if the most junior 10 or 15 tenants started to refuse lots of work that would :

1) have an effect on chambers income in relation to rent and the like
2) result in solicitors pulling the work resulting in senior juniors and silks having their work decimated. Law firms instructing these type of chambers sent to use as fewer chambers as possible , but send them the majority of the firms work.

I am a former Bazza, who was at a very good and well recognised commercial/civil common law set, doing clin neg/prof neg,insurance and employment. Chambers and clerks would become peed off if you started returning huge swathes of instructions in your diary. Besides those who put the graft in a say a Old Square, Littleton, Outer temple Chambers, 4 New Square will bill 100-150k in their first year. Also remember they can and often do reduce their workload massively in the summer months, with it not unknown for even baby juniors at the good civil common law sets to have 6-8 weeks off in the summer should they so chose.

@ anon at 4.28 isn’t in the gift of a baby junior to put their hourly rate up


You use funny terminology. It is probably right – I’m just not used to that gab.


No mate, it is possible to limit your workload sensibly while still climbing the greasy pole.

If your clerk is a twat then you maybe have an issue – I wonder whether that was the case with you. But most modern clerks expect you to work hard but also have a life, particularly if you have a family.


“…and the main regional powerhouses.”

That is simply not true. No mention anywhere of Byrom Street Chambers, for example.


lol at 11KBW getting an A for social life.

I was there for a bit and they never go for a drink. It’s a nerdy, bookish set – they work hard and do amazing work, but social life is not high on the to-do list.


and all the while you are having to obsess over the CPR. Riveting.

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