Chambers was founded in the 1930s and takes its name from its current address, 1 Crown Office Row, Temple, which is situated opposite the Inner Temple Gardens in the heart of the Inns of Court. Chambers has occupied its commanding position in the Temple since it relocated after the Second World War from 3 Temple Gardens.

The founding Heads of Chambers, Hildreth Glyn Jones (Glyn) and Stanley Rees, established a culture and atmosphere which has been central to Chambers’ ethos since its foundation and which still continues today.

The hallmarks of the 1COR ethos are high standards of excellence and integrity interwoven with a strong sense of responsibility for delivering legal work and advocacy of excellent quality with outstanding client care.

Glyn Jones set these high values in motion and they have been the principles at the heart of Chambers growth to its current standing as one of the leading sets in the UK.

The early Heads of Chambers and Members inevitably were moulded by their experience of the Second World War, and after these events they were united as much by friendship as by their roles in Chambers. From this grew a social togetherness and warmth, which continues to be a distinct feature of relationships in Chambers today.

Our previous head of chambers, Robert Seabrook QC and now Philip Havers QC, as Head of Chambers continue to exemplify these core values. Despite very significant growth in Chambers over recent years we maintain a strong identity and a commitment to the ongoing success of chambers as a whole.

The Clerks and staff at 1 Crown Office Row have always been seen as integral to this Chambers’ family, and they have a longstanding reputation of providing a distinguished quality of work alongside the work of the barristers.

The membership of 1COR has a distinguished record of judicial service and service to the legal profession.

No fewer than 11 former members have been appointed as judges of the High Court and above, with Lord Woolf being appointed Lord Chief Justice and Master of the Rolls and Lord Justice Latham being appointed Deputy Lord Chief Justice. Seven members have been appointed to positions on the circuit bench and in the County Court.

High Court & Above

  • Sir John Wood (High Court Judge 1977-1993)
  • Sir John Alliott (High Court Judge 1986-2001 and former Head of Chambers 1981-1986)
  • Sir Scott Baker (Lord Justice of Appeal 2002-present, and former Head of Chambers 1986-1988)
  • Sir Rodger Bell (High Court Judge 1993-2006 and former Head of Chambers 1988-1993)
  • Sir David Latham (Lord Justice of Appeal 2000-2009. Chairman of the Parole Board 2002-2012)
  • Lord Woolf (Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales 2000-2005)
  • Sir Robert Owen (High Court Judge 2001-2014)
  • Sir David Foskett (High Court Judge 2007-present)
  • Dame Philippa Whipple (High Court Judge 2015-present)
  • Sir Neil Garnham (High Court Judge 2015-present)
  • Dame Christina Lambert (High Court Judge 2018-present)

Circuit & District Judges

  • His Hon Michael Kennedy QC
  • His Hon Duncan Matheson QC
  • Her Hon Judge Christine Henson QC
  • His Hon Judge Simon Coltart
  • His Hon Christopher Oddie
  • His Hon Judge Anthony Niblett
  • District Judge Keeley Bishop

Three members have served as the elected Chairman of the Bar: Robert Seabrook QC in 1994, Robert Owen QC in 1998 and Guy Mansfield QC in 2005.

We have a distinguished list of associate members, which includes not only former members who remain in legal practice but also those whose practice is predominantly in other diverse jurisdictions.