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The new chancery set 13 Old Square, headed by former political speechwriter John McDonnell QC, has hired 14 tenants.
The list includes Edward Bartley-Jones QC, who will work part time from 13 Old Square while continuing to head the commercial and chancery departments of Exchange Chambers in Liverpool.
Former Clyde & Co lawyer Adam Chichester-Clark and ex-Financial Services Authority enforcement officer Richard Peat have also joined.
McDonnell, who formerly practised at 9 Stone Buildings, plans to hire 30 tenants in total. He was inspired to establish 13 Old Square, which was previously occupied by KSB Law, by two of his former clerks – Justin Brown, the new set’s senior clerk, and Warren Lee, its administrator.
Before joining the bar in 1971, McDonnell had an influential political career, including working as a speechwriter for US senator George McGovern. As a member of the London-based Conservative Research Department, he helped develop the ideas that produced the Industrial Relations Act 1971, and also advised prime minister Edward Heath.
As a barrister, McDonnell’s clients have included bands The Sex Pistols and Motör-head as well as the Bishop of Durham and the owners of the Patak spices empire.
The other tenants at the new set are: Richard Astor (an independent adviser in the US on Lloyd’s litigation), Raymond Davern (a former lecturer at King’s College, London), Professor Mark Watson-Gandy (1 Plowden Buildings), Marianne Perkins (7 New Square), Sandradee Joseph (an employed barrister at DLA), Richard Devereux-Cooke (Phoenix Chambers), James Couser (Phoenix Chambers), Hannah Chapman (36 Bedford Row), Joanna Perkins (the Law Commission), Ekaterina Sjostrand (New Square Chambers) and Duncan Henderson (4 Stone Buildings).