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Revealed: The chambers with the most supportive barristers

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‘I have called in a panic from the bathrooms of courts and there has always been someone to help me’

From “very active” juniors’ WhatsApp groups to the set’s most illustrious silk offering a helping hand; having the support from your chamber mates can make all the difference, particularly in a profession considered to be hyper competitive and fairly solitary.

We put the question ‘How supportive are your colleagues?’ to over 600 bar rookies at 50 leading sets, as part of this year’s Legal Cheek survey. Respondents then rated their chambers for colleague support on a scale from one to ten — with one defined as ‘Dog-eat-dog’, and ten as ‘Vegan commune’.

Ten sets stood out from the rest. Below are the results, listed alphabetically, for best chambers for colleague supportiveness 2020.

The winner will be announced at the Legal Cheek Awards 2020 at Sea Containers, London, on Thursday 26 March.

The 2020 Chambers Most List – featuring the Legal Cheek Survey results in full

As part of this year’s survey we received hundreds of anonymous comments from barristers on the support they receive from their peers. Comments varied from “we keep each other sane” to “we’re genuinely friends, not just colleagues”. Here are a select few from some of the chambers listed above:

How supportive are your colleagues?

“Almost anyone (however busy) is ready and willing to proffer advice, and if you have an issue to think things through and provide a considered answer. People regularly send ‘hive mind’ emails within chambers, asking whether anyone has come across a particularly tricky issue, or has experience of a particular jurisdiction or (more esoteric) type of hearing.”

“I have called in a panic from the bathrooms of courts on more than one occasion and there has always been someone to help me.”

“It’s a great community — I can always find multiple people to help talk something over and we’re genuinely friends, not just colleagues. Going on holiday with other members of chambers is very common, especially at the junior end.”

“We have a very active juniors’ WhatsApp group which is invaluable for novel or tricky legal questions. There is also a juniors’ BBQ over the summer.”

“Hugely supportive colleagues (behind one’s back as well as to one’s face — often hearing from solicitors how a colleague has bigged us up to them).”

“Outstandingly supportive colleagues who are prepared to interrupt whatever they are doing to help, encourage and guide junior members of chambers (and everyone else for that matter) without making you feel a twit.”

The winning chambers will be announced at the Legal Cheek Awards 2020 at Sea Containers, London, on Thursday 26 March.

The 2020 Chambers Most List – featuring the Legal Cheek Survey results in full

7 Comments

Anon

The chambers most financially supportive to Legal Cheek you mean

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why

All commercial/public law sets. Not a single chambers from the publicly funded Bar. No crime or family sets.

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Anonymous

These lists used to be funny. A laugh. Yes, we all knew they meant absolutely nothing. But they were a harmless bit of fun.

But then Alex started getting full of himself. He started to think he could have his cake and eat it: take money from chambers/firms for advertising while simultaneously presenting Legal Cheek as a serious and objective reviewer of chambers/firms’ quality.

Sorry Alex. You can have one but you can’t have both. Which do you want?

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Alex

The cake, please. I’ll eat it another time when you’re not looking.

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Oh please

As always, a parade for chambers with deep pockets. Nice to see zero publicly funded sets here.

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turtomagoo

What a shame that not one person in the photograph is actually a barrister too…

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Anon

Actually, I was against the chap on the right in the Lands Chamber day before yesterday. He was pretty obnoxious and took bad points. Gave the Deputy President that thumbs up, and that didn’t go down well at all. 11/10 it was a good day in court.

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