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1 King's Bench Walk - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
1 King's Bench Walk
Head of Chambers:
Deborah Eaton QC and Philip Marshall QC
Address of chambers:
1 King's Bench Walk
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Children law; Child abduction; Finance; Family
Specialist services:
Public access work; Alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration)
South eastern
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage

About 1kbw

1 King’s Bench Walk is a leading barristers’ chambers in London, specialising in family law. There are 59 barristers, including 12 Queen’s Counsel. Our commitment to excellence has long been recognised and in the recent past we have been awarded:
‘Top Tier Chambers 2018’ Legal 500, 2018
‘Family Law Junior of the Year - Harry Oliver 2018 and Deepak Nagpal 2017’ - Chambers and Partners
‘ Shortlisted for Chambers of the Year, Junior Barrister of the year, International Lawyer of the Year and Young Barrister of the Year 2018’ – Family Law Awards
‘An exceptional set…an excellent group of barristers with considerable expertise in both children and family finance matters…the go-to chambers because of its strength in depth and wide breadth of knowledge’ – Legal 500, 2017

1KBW has a pre-eminent reputation in family law, both nationally and internationally. We are consistently ranked by the legal directories in the top tiers (‘Band 1 & 2’) of leading sets for family law. Our barristers have been at the cutting edge of the development of family law and have been in most of the ground-breaking cases over the last two decades.

We also have one of the most innovative and experienced Dispute Resolution teams in the country providing arbitration, mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation.

Pupillage at 1KBW

The online application form can be found here:

Application for pupillage commencing in October 2020 will open on the 7th January 2019 at 11:00am and close on the 7th February 2019 at 11:00am in line with the Pupillage Gateway timetable managed by the Bar Council.

1KBW offers two specialist family law pupillages each year. Each pupillage is full time and for twelve months. During the twelve months each pupil will be allocated to three different pupil supervisors, each of whom will be a specialist family law practitioner.

Pupils will have the opportunity to see a wide range of specialist family law work including both matrimonial finance and children cases.

1KBW has a reputation for recruiting the most talented pupils and then providing training and support that is second to none. We proactively try to recruit our tenants from our pupils. In the last decade 17 of the 20 pupils in chambers have been offered tenancy. For that reason, our selection procedure is rigorous.

We offer each pupil a (tax free) grant of £35,000 plus expenses which is paid during the first 6 months. In addition, pupils may retain any income which they earn in the second six months. The reputation of 1KBW is such that our pupils are regularly briefed from the outset.

The first six months (non-practising) are divided between two pupil supervisors, and the second six months (practising period) is spent with a third. Chambers also provides ‘in-house’ advocacy training.

“Pupillage at 1KBW means learning first hand from practitioners who are shaping family law today. Monthly advocacy training sessions and frequent feedback from pupil supervisors ensure that you will be ready to manage your own cases in the second six. 1KBW is a very welcoming set and its members go out of their way to involve and support the pupils”
– a pupil at 1KBW

How to apply
The Application Process

1KBW is not in the Pupillage Gateway (formerly OLPAS) system although our applications procedure follows the Pupillage Gateway timetable and we also make offers according to that timetable.

The online application form can be found here

Who should apply?

We look for pupils with excellent academic ability and personal attributes.

Applicants must have at least a 2:1 degree, and in addition demonstrate a commitment to the Bar, an impressive academic or employment history, and an interest in the particular specialisms of chambers.

Our successful candidates tend to be highly intelligent, articulate and interesting individuals with the right aptitude for life at the Bar.

Equal Opportunities Policy

1 King’s Bench Walk operates an Equal Opportunities Policy. For more information please contact Jo Pickersgill. We have a firm commitment to Equality and Diversity