UK Bar Legal News
13 King's Bench Walk barristers to merge with 42 Bedford Row
Posted 2 April 2014
42 Bedford Row has announced that it is set to merge with a substantial number of civil and family law barristers from 13 King's Bench Walk. The merger will occur on 12 May 2014. Read more here.
Rees move boosts Thirty Nine Essex Street
The former Legal Director of Royal Dutch Shell, Peter Rees QC, has joined Thirty Nine Essex Street. For more details click here
Lord Grabiner QC to lead Bank of England forex probe
One Essex Court's Anthony Grabiner QC has been appointed by the Bank of England's oversight committee to head its independent investigation into foreign exchange manipulation allegations. Travers Smith has also been instructed. Read more.
Dinah Rose triumphs in Prince Charles secret letters case
Today the Court of Appeal held that the Attorney General had acted unlawfully in overruling a Guardian journalist's victory in a freedom of information tribunal. Dinah Rose QC was instructed by the Guardian. Read the successful appellant's account here.
Maclean move boosts Blackstone
Alan Maclean QC, highly ranked in both the commercial and administrative and public law sections of Chambers UK, has moved from Brick Court Chambers to Blackstone Chambers. For more details click here.
100 new silks appointed in 2014
100 new silks have been named in this year's round of QC appointments, the highest number since 2011.
Fresh from 2013's high profile move to new offices near Cannon Street station, 6KBW College Hill are the biggest winners this year with four new silks. They include Duncan Penny, who has held a Chambers UK star ranking since 2011, and the top-ranked Sarah Whitehouse, who was named Chambers and Partners Crime Junior of the Year in 2011.
Quadrant Chambers' hire of joint senior clerk Simon Slattery from Atkin Chambers garnered considerable attention in 2013. The set's quiet revolution continues with an impressive haul of three new silks, including the top ranked John Russell.
Roger Thomas of Pump Court Tax Chambers is this year's most senior new silk, and was first recognised by the Chambers UK guide in 2003. He, too, is top ranked in the directory.
This year's most junior new silk is 8 New Square's Andrew Lykiardopoulos, who was called to the Bar in 2004, made his entry in the Chambers guide in 2006, and has been top-ranked since 2010.
Outer Temple loses Band 1 quartet to Serjeants' Inn
Four barristers have broken from Outer Temple Chambers to Serjeants' Inn, joining fellow defector Caroline Hallissey, who moved over in September.
David Morris, Anthony Haycroft, Alan Jenkins and Charles Foster and Hallissey are all ranked in the highest band for their practice areas in the Chambers UK Bar Guide.
Read more in The Lawyer.