Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Crown Chambers

The lowdown - Pupils (in their own words) on Crown Chambers

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

Why did you choose these chambers over any others? 

‘Locality and the individual barristers at the chambers’, ‘the chambers being on the northeast circuit helped, as did the experience I had in interview, and the nature of the work. It’s a lovely set and I would recommend it to any aspiring barrister’, ‘modern, forward-thinking set with lots of work’, ‘of all the chambers I applied to this was the one at which I felt most at home in the interview process’ 

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

‘I think the training is excellent and well structured’, ‘I had a mixed experience of training. My first three months of first six were not as positive an experience as the second six. This is partially because I worked remotely initially. I had an excellent experience when work started to take place in person’  

What is the best thing about the chambers? 

‘The access to senior barristers to speak about issues, including the head of chambers who is highly approachable’, ‘the ethos of chambers is a highlight and everybody is welcoming and supportive’, ‘togetherness’, ‘how friendly and approachable everyone is’ 

What is the worst thing about the chambers? 

‘At times there is friction with the clerks and getting your view on your diary heard when you are a junior member of chambers’, ‘the building itself’, ‘small building’ 

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

Undertaking a three-day trial and coming out of it with the confidence that I could manage it again in the future’, ‘appearing against the head of chambers in a contested final hearing’, ‘getting lots of new work’, ‘the support and encouragement I got to pursue getting my CPS Grade 2 during pupillage’ 

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

‘Getting a chronology wrong that was to be relied upon by a senior member of chambers. However, chambers were excellent in relation to this and showed me where I had made the mistake so I could fix it in the future’, ‘the first three months of training remotely’, ‘my supervisor leaving chambers for another set during my second six’