In the year of our 40th anniversary, 1MCB’s “particular strength in acting for legally aided clients” continues to be recognised. This year’s Legal 500 directory notes 1MCB to be a “very professional” set containing “talented yet down-to-earth barristers with deep expertise” and a “business-driven approach and a focus on results”.
The clerks are similarly recognised for their “attentive manner”, “often going above and beyond in order to facilitate the instruction of counsel” with a “human touch”.
In addition, four individual practitioners were recognised as leaders within their particular fields:
Benjamin Hawkin “approaches his preparation pragmatically, which puts clients at ease” (immigration);
Iain Edwards is recognised as “an exceptionally accomplished practitioner in the field, who genuinely thrives on his feet in the courtroom” (international crime);
David Stephenson is noted as “a very skilled advocate with particularly impressive knowledge” (employment);
Jose Olivares-Chandler is named as “an incredibly intellectually gifted barrister, who goes above and beyond on a regular basis” (crime).