Founded in 1981 by Lord Irvine QC, 11KBW was formed with 1 silk and nine juniors, 8 of whom took silk. James Goudie QC , one of the founder members, remains a practising barrister at 11KBW today.

Other founder members include former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Many 11KBW members have gone on to become influential judges including Lord Justice Elias, Lord Justice Sales, Mr Justice Keith, Mr Justice Wilkie, Mr Justice Field, Mrs Justice Slade, Mr Justice Supperstone, Mr Justice Lewis, Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing, Mr Justice Kerr, Mr Justice Choudhury, Mr Justice Swift, Mr Justice Cavanagh QC and Mrs Justice Steyn.

Since its foundation, 11KBW has steadily expanded.  There are now 58 members of Chambers, including 20 silks.  In October 2019, Daniel Stilitz QC became Joint Head of Chambers alongside James Goudie QC, who has been Head of Chambers since 1997.

Today, 11KBW is recognised in the legal directories as a leading set at the English bar. We handle headline cases in both the public and private arenas. We are well placed to offer the right barrister or team for each type of case, providing the winning mix of seniority and experience.