UK Bar Legal News


Dominic Nolan QC joins Hailsham Chambers
Posted 24 November 2014 

Dominic Nolan QC, the former head of Ropewalk Chambers in Nottingham, will join Hailsham Chambers in January 2015. Nolan is ranked in the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury chapters of 2015 edition of the Chambers UK Bar Guide. Read more here.

Cooklin swaps 3VB for Littleton
Posted 12 November 2014 

Employment and Commercial set Littleton Chambers is to welcome Paul Cooklin, previously at 3 Verulam Buildings, as its new head of clerking. Read more here.

4 New Square adds arbitration expert
Posted 12 November 2014 

Nicholas Fletcher QC is set to join the bar, moving to 4 New Square from law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner. Fletcher is recognised by Chambers UK for his International Arbitration expertise.  Read more here.

Ben Olbourne swaps 20 Essex Street for Thirty Nine Essex Street
Posted 11 November 2014

Barrister Ben Olbourne has joined Thirty Nine Essex Street's Maxwell Chambers from the Singapore office of 20 Essex Street. Chambers Asia recognises Olbourne for his Arbitration expertise.  Read more here.

Matrix Chambers adds Employment silk
Posted 05 November 2014

Chambers-ranked silk Nicholas Randall QC has today joined Matrix Chambers from Devereux. Randall is noted for his practice in the areas of Employment and Sport. Read more here.

Senior clerk moves to 7 King's Bench Walk
Posted 09 October 2014

Senior clerk and Chair of the Institute of Barristers' Clerks, Brian Lee, leaves 20 Essex Street after 26 years. He takes up the role of international marketing director at 7KBW. Read The Lawyer's coverage here.

Cherie Blair QC leaves Matrix Chambers
Posted 26 September 2014

Cherie Blair CBE QC has left Matrix Chambers to focus full time on her role as chair of law firm Omnia Strategy LLP. Omnia Strategy, founded by Blair in 2011, has offices in London and Washington DC and provides cross-disciplinary advice to corporations, governments and private individuals. Read more here

Fountain Court launches in Singapore
Posted 25 September 2014                                

Fountain Court Chambers has launched a new office in Singapore. This further expansion into Asia follows its recent appointments of Singapore-based arbitrator Professor Lawrence Boo and Australia-based barrister Kanaga Dharmananda SC as members of chambers. Read more here. 

No5 Chambers adds commercial litigation expertise
Posted 22 August 2014

Mohammed Zaman has joined No5 Chambers from St Philips Chambers in Birmingham.  Zaman is recognised by the Chambers UK Bar guide in the Midland Bar Commercial Dispute Resolution section.  Read more here.

Leading fraud silk leaves Littleton for 7 King's Bench Walk
Posted 19 August 2014                                                              

7 King's Bench Walk has further strengthened its commercial dispute resolution presence with the addition of distinguished barrister Clive Freedman QC. Freedman is recognised by the Chambers UK Bar guide in the Fraud: Civil and Commercial Dispute Resolution sections.  Read more here.

Tim Green joins Outer Temple
Posted 11 August 2014

Barrister Tim Green has joined Outer Temple Chambers in London from St Philips Chambers in Birmingham.  Green is recognised by Chambers UK Bar for his expertise in Environment, Health & Safety and POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture.  Read more here

Field Court Tax Chambers set to launch
Posted on 31 July 2014

Patrick Way QC, Philip Baker QC, Patrick Soares and Imran Afzal are set to launch Field Court Tax Chambers on 1 August 2014.  All four individuals are recognised by Chambers UK Bar for their tax expertise.  Read more here

Monckton Chambers welcomes five public law barristers
Posted 10 July 2014

Monckton Chambers is set to expand its public law offering with the addition of five barristers from Doughty Street. Ian Wise QC,  and four juniors, including Azeem Suterwalla and Stephen Broach, are set to join the chambers. Read more here

Brick Court loses Anderson to Hardwicke
Posted 30 June 2014

Barbara Anderson, the former senior clerk at Brick Court, will join Hardwicke as practice director in September. Read more here

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