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Michael Price, the highly-rated former senior clerk of the now defunct Queen Elizabeth Building, is understood to be in negotiations to take up the senior clerk’s position at 10 King’s Bench Walk.
The incumbent, Chris Drury, is leaving with the civil team to join maverick silk Ronald Thwaites QC in his new venture outside the Inns.
Price has been on the market since Christmas when his chambers dissolved after the 16-strong family team left to merge with the family practitioners of 4 Brick Court, forming a new set, Coram Chambers.
Head of chambers at 10 King’s Bench Walk George Khayat QC was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press and Thwaites would neither confirm nor deny the story.
However, sources close to the set tell The Lawyer that Price is close to finalising the deal, which would see him in place as senior clerk of the remaining criminal and family groups before the civil team leaves with Thwaites in July.