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Gray’s Inn set 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) has hit Keating Chambers for its director of clerking Paul Cooklin who will rejoin his former chambers as practice director.
Cooklin will join 3VB as senior practice manager in March, succeeding Nick Hill who last month announced his exit for IP set Three New Square (20 January 2012).
Cooklin is departing Keating Chambers two years after joining the set from South Square, following the exit of long-standing joint senior clerk John Munton (27 January 2010).
Cooklin had joined South Square in 1999 from 3VB where he spent 14 years in the clerking room (18 October 1999). His return to the set has been welcomed by head of chambers Ali Malek QC.
Malek said: “He will be a great asset to us in the further development of our business areas and services to our national and international clients.”
Keating Chambers, which is understood to have made a significant investment in restructuring its team at the beginning of 2011, said it would look to expand clerking room in 2012.
Head of chambers Paul Darling QC said: “Keating Chambers is looking forward to expanding the clerking team in 2012, as we continue to invest in the best talent.
“Under the leadership of [senior clerk] Nick Child, our clerks will continue to provide an excellent level of guidance, ensuring our clients have access to our sector leadership in advocacy and advisory services.”