1MCB barristers and clerks have been recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners guides for 2020.


Legal 500

This year’s Legal 500 guide describes us as an “excellent” common law set: “1MCB is well regarded in crime as well as immigration and asylum circles where is has ‘performed consistently for a number of years’ with ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ barristers”.

We are delighted that two members of our immigration team – Ben Hawkin and Bernadette Smith – have been recognised as leading juniors in the Legal 500.  This year’s guide to the immigration bar says Ben “goes straight to the core of the matter and provides clear and concise advice” and Bernadette “really is a ‘people’s barrister’, with empathy and making sure clients are comfortable”.

In the international crime and extradition field, Iain Edwards maintains his outstanding reputation. He is ranked in band 1, and described as a “star in the field of international crime”.

We are particularly pleased that our clerking team is described as “efficient and helpful”, and “offering ‘flexible, professional and reliable’ service”.


Chambers and Partners

Two members – Iain Edwards and Nick Bano – are ranked in their fields by Chambers & Partners.

Iain Edwards is one of just 14 juniors ranked in international criminal law.  The guide highlights his recent work at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals: “He excels at combining domestic and international law. One of those advocates that has it all, he is very persuasive.” “He is a passionate practitioner.”

Nick Bano is described as a “rising star in housing law”. He is ranked as an up-and-coming junior, with his review noting: “He is really thorough and comes up with unusual arguments. He also has good face-to-face skills with clients”.