Survey Results - Trainee feedback on 1 Crown Office Row

The lowdown - Pupils (in their own words) on 1 Crown Office Row

We sent The Lex 100 Pupil Barrister survey to pupils and juniors up to two years in tenancy at 1 Crown Office Row. Here is what they had to say:

Why did you choose these chambers over any others?

‘The quality of the work and the range of practice areas’, ‘they made me an offer!’

How does your training compare with what you hear from pupils at other chambers?

‘The training I receive far exceeds the quality of training I have heard about from other chambers: I have never worked past 6pm; I get weekly written feedback on my work; have reviews after every seat; am due to have a halfway review with head of pupillage; I feel like I know how I am faring; we are given five pupil training sessions by junior juniors before being on our feet on what to expect of certain hearings; and I am going into chambers and seeing my pupil supervisor in person every day’, ‘better’

What is the best thing about the chambers?

‘The friendliness of all the members and staff and the social life’, ‘the camaraderie’

What is the worst thing about the chambers?

‘Possibly the work/life balance on qualifying’, ‘there hasn’t been a full return to working in person by most’

What has been the best moment of your training to date?

‘Writing a skeleton argument for a judicial review permission hearing then seeing the legal arguments made in court’

What has been the worst moment of your training to date?

‘The week leading up to the Christmas holidays when all our Christmas parties and events got cancelled and everyone moved to home working for a couple of weeks’

How are the pro bono, or other CSR-related opportunities available within your chambers?

‘I have assisted with a few pro-bono cases in my first six’