199 Strand overhauls management structure

Long-established personal injury (PI) and professional and clinical negligence chambers 199 Strand is to undergo a major overhaul of its management structure as it becomes more proactive about bar reforms.

The set is also taking on three tenants, but has lost the head of its employment group to Cloisters.

Peter Andrews QC has completed his three-year term as head of chambers and steps down to concentrate on his practice. Professional negligence specialist and longstanding member of chambers David Phillips QC was voted the new head of chambers.

Senior clerk Martin Griffiths will become responsible for strategy, marketing and practice development, and is undertaking an MBA in Legal Practice next year. Nick Quarrelle retired as head of policy at the Army Training Directorate to become chief executive, and will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the set.

Griffiths hinted at the possibility of further expansion. He says: “The organisational demands of the bar have become more complex post-Woolf. This gives us a sound platform for a significant increase in our numbers.”

Cloisters has poached 199 Strand’s employment group head Martin Kurrein and Blackstone Chamber’s pupil Anna Reindorf as a tenant.

Griffiths was unsurprised by Kurrein’s move to Cloisters’ 20-strong employment practice and revealed that Anthony Korn will succeed him and three new tenants are to join. He says: “Employment has always been a smaller part of the practice. We’re very sorry to lose Martin, but the move is entirely understandable.”

The new tenants are PI specialist Kevin Haven from 2 Gray’s Inn Square Chambers and property specialists Amanda Eilledge from One Harcourt Buildings and William Hanbury, who becomes a joint tenant with Park Lane Chambers in Leeds.