4-5 Gray's Inn loses third head as Mole joins bench

4-5 Gray's Inn has to find its third joint head of chambers in just over two years, as its longstanding and successful tenant David Mole QC has just been appointed as a circuit judge

Mole will sit at Harrow Crown Court after a distinguished career at 4-5 Gray's Inn. He joined the set in 1970 after he completed his pupillage.
He was appointed joint head with Elizabeth Appleby QC soon after the departure of his predecessor, Duncan Ouseley QC, who joined the High Court Bench in October 2000.
Ouseley had replaced Michael Beloff QC who stepped down as joint head in January 2000, partly because he was shaken by tenant departures from the set. Beloff is now at Blackstone Chambers, having originally said he would join Matrix Chambers.
Mole specialised in local government law, carving out specialities in local government finance, the powers of local authorities' committees, and planning and environment law. He has also been engaged in major inquiries, including Heathrow Terminal 5 and Stansted.
4-5 Gray's Inn lost 15 tenants to Matrix and others in the wake of its failed merger with Monckton Chambers. But it has made up for the losses with the hire of 17 tenants.