BLG raids Hardwicke for PI barristers

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has hired three personal injury lawyers as part of its expansion of its casualty practice.

The firm has taken on barristers Camilla Church and Katrina McAteer of Hardwick Building as well as senior costs lawyer David Abrahams from Islington-based law firm Colman Coyle.

Abrahams, who also sits as a cost assessor at the High Court, will be joining BLG in January 2008 as will McAteer. Church will be joining on Monday (12 November).

Kevin Bitmead, BLG’s head of casualty, said that Church and McAteer’s hires will augment the advocacy service offered at the firm.

“Bringing this function will produce significant savings and efficiencies for clients and will make counsel more accessible to clients,” said Bitmead.

Bitmead added that Abrahams arrival is extremely important as his role as a High Court assessor means he has inside knowledge of the increasingly complex and changing area of costs.

“David and the costs unit which he will establish will enable BLG to offer an economic and efficient method of dealing with all costs issues.”

The trio’s recruitment follows the appointment of junior barrister Charles Brown of 39 Essex Street in 2005, who, following conversion, is now a partner at BLG.