What is the Legal 500 and what does it mean for Barristers?

Magdalen Chambers is the largest set of Barrister Chambers West of Bristol and has been ranked in the Legal 500 every year since 2014, less than 12 months after becoming established in 2013.

What is the Legal 500?

The Legal 500 was first published in 1988 and is an in-depth survey of the UK, and worldwide legal market. The popularity of the book has been overshadowed by the emergence of the internet and as of 2013 www.legal500.co.uk was receiving over 3 million visits every year.

This independent directory ranks law firms using a comprehensive research program based on a series of criteria to highlight those who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice.

How are firms ranked?

Law firms and sets (the term given to a group of Barristers who share Chambers) submit a comprehensive application to Legal 500 and their team of researchers, who are experts in the legal market, review the applications and carry out rigorous research, which includes reviewing cases the team has been involved with and interviewing firms and their clients.

What does this mean for our clients?

Many of our Barristers are ranked as Tier 1 which is the highest rating. This means that they have a strong technical ability, a capacity to handle all of our client’s requirements and are able to deal with complex cases. In turn, this means our clients receive excellent, in-depth and innovative legal advice.

The below paragraph is the overview taken from our ranking profile from the Legal 500:

Magdalen Chambers specialises in civil and family law, with the latter being a key area of instruction; family finance and public children law matters have featured in members’ recent workloads. On the civil side, cases often have a property flavour, but members are equally adept in planning, commercial and insolvency matters. Senior clerk James Basden and civil clerk Harry Turner provide ‘a very effective personable service and are also very commercial in terms of fees’; solicitors would ‘thoroughly recommend them’.

If you have a legal issue and would like to discuss whether a Direct Access Barrister is the correct option for you, please contact our team of experienced Clerks who will be happy to advise you.