Blackstone Chambers barristers will decide on Friday (9 October) whether Ian Mill QC and Thomas Beazley QC have the support to stand for another term as joint heads of chambers.
The duo were elected to a five-year term in October 2004 and are widely expected to go on to a second term.
Beazley, who took silk in 2001, and Mill, who became a QC in 1999, have steered the set through the bar’s downturn and into its recent renaissance.
At the 2004-05 year-end the set was home to 64 tenants, 29 of whom were silks, who commanded revenues of £380,000 and produced a reported turnover of £24.3m.
Growth was limited during the economic boom, but at the 2008-09 year-end turnover improved by 10 per cent on the previous year to £33m and the set had grown to one of the largest at the bar with 76 barristers, 33 of whom had taken silk.
In the past 12 months, Blackstone overhauled its management structure to create the role of chambers’ director for Julia Horner, who was previously chambers’ practice manager for 17 years. Matheu Swallow joined the set as deputy chambers director and Mike Couser became deputy senior clerk, working alongside senior clerk Gary Oliver.