1MCB members have again been ranked as leading barristers in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.


Legal 500 describes chambers as having ‘a wealth of talented individuals’ providing ‘a very well-rounded employment offering’, and for some it is ‘the first port of call’ for crime and public law work. ‘The barristers are extremely passionate about their work, however “mundane” the case may appear; they do the absolute maximum for the client rather than worrying about their own reputations.’ The clerk’s room, under the leadership of Adam Brosnan (senior criminal clerk) and Sophia Carter (senior civil clerk), ‘strives to provide excellent customer service’. Collectively, the ‘smooth’ and ‘knowledgeable’ clerking team is ‘quick and efficient; always return calls and emails’ and ‘will move counsels’ diaries around at short notice to accommodate the vast majority of requests’.


Ben Hawkin was ranked as a leading junior in the immigration field, with Legal 500 saying ‘he is a great barrister’.


Both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners ranked Iain Edwards for his criminal work.  Legal 500 ranked Iain in tier 1 and describes him as a ‘composed advocate, his cross-examination is controlled and gentlemanly’.  Chambers & Partners says he is a ‘highly regarded practitioner who attracts praise for his deep knowledge of international criminal law’, a ‘very calm and composed advocate, who is incredibly experienced, very knowledgeable on the law and a good strategist’, and ‘his client-handling and research skills are excellent’.


Nick Bano is ranked in the social housing field by Chambers & Partners.  His review describes him as an ’emerging talent’ whose ‘thriving practice takes in homelessness appeals, disrepair claims and possession proceedings, among others’. He is described as a ‘wonderful housing lawyer who gives very detailed and full advice and leaves no stone unturned’, and ‘very tenacious, extremely knowledgeable and someone who displays a real passion when dealing with possession matters. Clients feel that Nick is really fighting their corner’.