About 1 Essex Court (and our policies)

Who We Are


1 Essex Court is a modern and progressive set of chambers whose barristers specialise across three core practice areas: Civil, Chancery and Commercial Law. For a detailed list of our areas of work, please visit Our Practice Areas.


Our barristers provide advisory and drafting services as well as representing clients in court. Our barristers appear in domestic courts and tribunals across the UK (including the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal as well as the High Court), and internationally.


Members of Chambers also appear in arbitrations and mediations and we have some highly regarded mediators amongst our members.


Our Approach


While excellence in legal work is our core function, our members and clerks pride ourselves on our friendly, responsive and business-focused approach. 


Our Clerks have many years’ experience and will consider your specific needs when recommending a barrister with appropriate skills and experience.


Our Barristers provide clear, concise and expert advice, backed up by in-depth industry knowledge and experience. 



Added Value


We strive to provide an excellent service to our clients at all times. We are always looking to improve the client experience.  To this end, we regularly monitor our performance and conduct reviews of our systems and procedures to refine and improve our standards of client care. Our clerks are always available for you to discuss any concerns you may have during the course of the work.




Chambers will always consider applications from barristers, particularly those of 5 years call or more in the fields of Civil, Chancery, and Commercial to fill existing vacancies.


Applications from groups wishing to relocate to an established set will also be considered.


All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.


Applications should be addressed in writing to the Tenancy Committee, with a Curriculum Vitae attached.



History of 1 Essex Court


The Building of 1 Essex Court is a Grade 1 Listed Building and part of Middle Temple. Built in 1685 following a large fire in 1678 that devastated much of Middle Temple, 1 Essex Court is also known for its housing of the famous Grinling Gibbons fireplaces.


How does chambers operate?


Our barristers are all self-employed, as are all barristers in private practice in England and Wales. They are not employed by chambers but share the cost of running chambers between them.

Our Policies


Equal Opportunities


1 Essex Court is committed to equality of opportunity. Our policy is to treat everyone equally and fairly regardless of their background, racial group, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. You can read chambers Equality & Diversity Policy here.

Anti-Harassment Policy

1 Essex Court is committed to maintaining an environment free of bullying and harassment. You can read our Anti-Harassment policy here.

Disabled access


We can provide access for those with disabilities for with ease on notice to the clerks. Members of chambers are happy to travel to solicitors and lay clients’ premises for conferences. You can read out Reasonable Adjustment Policy here

Our use of your data

We collect, use, and store your personal data only in accordance with our Privacy Policy here.


Complaints procedure


We strive to provide an excellent service at all times. However, if you have a complaint, we have a detailed documented complaints procedure to deal with complaints against either chambers as a whole or any individual barrister or member of staff.  You can read our complaints policy here.

The Bar's Standard Contract Terms 


Unless agreed otherwise in writing, members of the Chambers of Ian Mayes QC undertake work under the approved Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (updated for the GDPR) published by the Bar Council, a copy of which can be found here. Contracts governing the services of members of Chambers are subject to English law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales (unless otherwise agreed in writing).

Payment Methods

Here at 1 Essex Court we accept all methods of payments ie. Online payments, Cheque & payments by card. 

Paypal card payments;

We do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any 3rd parties. Once payment has been made by card with our Paypal card reader, whether this is in person or by telephone the client will received an email copy of the reciept, unless a hard copy is requested which we can also provide.