From a number of digital meet-ups to the set’s most formidable silk lending a hand

Our colleagues could make or break our office expertise — significantly in a occupation famend for being extremely aggressive and sometimes fairly demanding.

You may suppose that the dearth of face-to-face interplay as a result of pandemic would affect the power of chamber-mates to achieve out to at least one one other, however you’d be mistaken. In reality, for some junior barristers, “lockdown has solely served to accentuate that assist and collaboration throughout chambers”.

We put the query ‘How supportive are your colleagues?’ to over 600 bar rookies at 50 main units, as a part of this 12 months’s Authorized Cheek survey. Respondents then rated their chambers for colleague assist on a scale from one to 10 — with ten being ‘Very supportive’ and one being ‘In no way supportive’.

We’ve tallied up the totals and under is the shortlist, listed alphabetically, of the chambers that scored an A* for colleague supportiveness:

12 King’s Bench Walk
2 Temple Gardens
5 Essex Court
Hailsham Chambers
Hardwicke
Henderson Chambers
No5 Chambers
South Square
Wilberforce Chambers

The 2021 Chambers Most List – featuring the Legal Cheek Survey results in full

As a part of the survey, we gave the rookies themselves a possibility to recall the moments when their friends actually stepped up to speed. Listed below are a choose few nameless feedback from a few of the chambers listed above.

“It doesn’t matter what seniority with out exception, folks will make time so that you can focus on any knotty points or sensible issues.”

“Genuinely couldn’t ask for extra supportive or useful colleagues — whether or not it’s a telephone name to speak by way of some difficult authorized or procedural level, or simply batting about questions on one of many many chambers’ WhatsApp teams.”

“My colleagues are a part of my household and this view has solely been reaffirmed since lockdown. Now we have a number of digital meet-ups per week and my Microsoft Groups account buzzes all through the day with messages and name requests for catch-ups. I can’t wait to get again into chambers to meet up with my pals in particular person.”

“From essentially the most junior to the highest silk, everybody in chambers may be very supportive. Now we have an open door coverage that means every one in every of us is joyful to talk by way of an issue with a colleague, private or skilled!”

“Couldn’t be a friendlier or extra supportive bunch. Everybody’s door is at all times open.”

Aspiring pupils on the above units ought to know the Pupillage Gateway, the centralised system to submit your software for pupillage, closes on Monday eight February.

The successful regulation agency on this class shall be introduced at The Legal Cheek Awards 2021, sponsored by BARBRI, on Thursday 25 March 2021.

The 2021 Chambers Most List – featuring the Legal Cheek Survey results in full