We are Recruiting!!

With our recent celebrations of Part-Time Judicial appointments we are recruiting!!

We offer a progressive attitude, friendly and efficient clerking team. We promote a positive work life balance in the beautiful South West and promote wellbeing which is recognised by being awarded a Wellbeing Certificate of Recognition by the Bar Council.

Chambers is particularly keen to hear from applicants with links to the West Country and a proven track records in our key areas. Recognised as a Leading Set in the Legal 500 with 45 members, we are open to applications for full or associate membership from those who already have a base in the South West, who are looking to relocate or are wishing to add a South West element to an existing practice.

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and should be sent by email to James Basden, Senior Clerk james@magdalenchambers.co.uk

Pakeeza Rahman

Chambers are delighted to congratulate Pakeeza Rahman on her appointment by the Lord Chief Justice as Deputy District Judge assigned to the Midlands Circuit. Pakeeza will also continue to accept instructions in her specialist area of Family Law.

Exeter alumni Andrew Worthley chairs Devon Chambers moot final in the UK Supreme Court

“This week Exeter University was proud to host the Devon Chambers moot final in the UK Supreme Court. The four participating students Emma Swindell, Lauren Holmes, Graeme Whitcher and Ella Worsley tackled a complex and interesting moot case created by Lecturer in Law Phillipa Collins regarding discrimination in the provision of services. The judging panel consisted of Charlotte MacKenzie of Staple Inn Chambers, Tom Lowenthal from the University of Oxford, Professor Ronan McCrea from UCL, and was chaired by Exeter alumni Andrew Worthley of Magdalen Chambers. The advocates did justice to the impressive surroundings of Court 1 and all delivered accomplished and professional submissions, dealing with various difficult interventions from the judging panel. Second-year LLB undergraduate Ella Worsley emerged a worthy winner, demonstrating particularly impressive legal research, professionally structured submissions along with a persuasive, calm and fluent delivery. Magdalen Chambers is always proud to support the University of Exeter’s Law School and the next generation of up-and-coming barristers.”

Nigel Moore and Rupert Chapman to take over as Joint Heads of Magdalen Chambers










The members of Magdalen Chambers are delighted to announce the election of Nigel Moore and Rupert Chapman as the new Joint Heads of chambers with effect from June 2019.

Christopher Naish was Head of Chambers at Southernhay Chambers from 2005 and then Joint Head of Chambers with Michael Berkley at Magdalen Chambers following the successful merger with Rougemont Chambers in 2013. Christopher announced he was stepping down as Head following the appointment of Michael Berkley to the Circuit Bench in 2018.

Members of Chambers owe a debt of immense gratitude to both for their hard work and dedication over the years and for providing an excellent foundation for challenges and opportunities in the future.

As Head of the Employment Team, Nigel, called in 1978 offers a wealth of experience and expertise having practiced for over 20 years as a solicitor specialising in employment law in one of Devon and Cornwall’s largest firms of solicitors before joining chambers in September 2011.

Rupert, called in 2000 also joined chambers in 2011 having previously practiced from 1 Garden Court Chambers since pupillage.  He has led the Family Team with enthusiasm and commitment and will bring valuable leadership skills to his new role.

Chambers features consistently as a Leading Set in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners and both Nigel and Rupert are amongst those included in these rankings.

Magdalen Chambers are also delighted to congratulate Rupert, Elizabeth Willsteed and David Lidbury on their appointment as Fee-paid Judges of the First-tier Tribunal.

Magdalen Chambers would like to invite applications to join our busy family and civil teams. Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and should be sent for to our Senior Clerk James Basden james@magdalenchambers.co.uk

The South West Legal Support Trust – Great Legal Bake Wednesday 27th February 2019

We are again supporting The South West Legal Support Trust with this years Great Legal Bake as well as raising money for Exeter Personal Support Unit which we are very proud to support. Our event again this year will be held on the ground floor of Exeter Combined Court Centre from 10.30am – 1.30pm and this year it will not just be about our delicious cakes because we will have some savoury items on offer.

We also have a draw with some fantastic prizes very generously donated to include a voucher for Rendezvous Wine Bar against their delicious menu and a fantastic hamper from Clear Property in Exeter. Please help us to raise some vital funds and we are happy for donations or entry to the draw. For further details contact our marketing clerk Lisa Lyons who will be delighted to assist you.

David Campbell acts as Prosecutor for A.C.T National Health and Safety Criminal Mock Trial

On Wednesday 13th February David Campbell acted as Prosecution Counsel for Compliance on Trial – Health and Safety  Criminal Mock Trial he helped organise with A.C.T National Ltd at the National Liberal Club in London.

The event was attended by over 70 delegates who became the Jury and were actively involved in the Judgment with the aim of this trial was to provide knowledge of the process when a criminal trial is brought to court.

It was not designed to teach law or how to conduct an investigation, but to provide a valuable insight into both the legal and prosecution process that are taken.

Being run by practicing criminal barristers, this event provides a very realistic view of the legal requirements involving working at height undertakings and the due diligence / liability process in utilising contractors.

The event closed with a discussion of the verdict and its implications, with opportunity to question the legal team and network with fellow professionals.