Name of chambers:
1 MCB Chambers
Head of Chambers:
John Benson QC
Address of chambers:
1 MCB Chambers
Chambers website address:
Crime; Immigration; Housing and Social Welfare; Community Care and Health; Employment; Family; Public Law; Administrative; International Law; Regulatory
Mediation; Public Access Work; Pro Bono
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Founded 40 years ago, 1MCB Chambers promotes access to justice through first-class representation, particularly for legally aided and vulnerable clients, in situations which engage their human rights, or expose them to discrimination.
We are looking for exceptional applications from candidates who can demonstrate a firm commitment to our ethos, combined with academic and/or legal excellence.
Applicants interested in the areas of criminal law, or housing law, are particularly welcome. All applications will, however, be considered on their merits.
Those who are successful can expect to be exposed to a wide range of practice areas during pupillage, with some scope to tailor the content of pupillage further according to preference. Travel outside of London is reimbursed, and pupils do not pay rent, or a percentage on their earnings. Pupils will be allocated two supervisors and a mentor, and can expect to be in the criminal courts most days during second six.
A grant of £18,866 will be offered, with half of that sum comprising guaranteed earnings in the course of the second six months of pupillage.
Applicants can download an application form from our website www.1mcb.com. This should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will only accept applications on the template downloaded from our website. Please follow the instructions on the application form carefully.
Chambers does not follow the pupillage gateway timetable. Applications are invited by 3 March 2020 at 6pm, and will not be accepted after that time. Chambers is committed to recruiting pupils on an equal opportunities basis, and so can only accept applications for pupillage (including from those with exemptions) through this route.
First round interviews will take place on a date to be notified early in June. More details will be provided to those who are selected.
Pupillage commences in November 2020, as noted above. You must therefore have completed your vocational training by summer 2020 to be eligible to apply for this pupillage.
Feedback from Geeta Koska, who completed pupillage in 2019:
During pupillage I received incredible legal training, and gained exposure to numerous practice areas, including crime, immigration, housing, and community care, with a strong emphasis on legal aid work. I was supported by a generous network of pupil supervisors, mentors, staff and members. The breadth of work which I encountered has positioned me well to assist clients in resolving interdisciplinary legal problems, whilst also achieving a good grounding in the legal principles and procedures peculiar to specialist areas like immigration, and housing.
What I valued most was being able to observe members of Chambers applying the law to promote and protect civil, political, economic and social rights. From challenging discriminatory housing policies to fighting against unlawful deportations, members have furthered my belief that the law is an effective instrument to fight for accountability and justice. Overall, pupillage was a challenging but rewarding experience and all the members of 1MCB Chambers have been critical in sustaining and encouraging me in my development as a barrister.