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Magic circle commercial set Brick Court Chambers has taken the senior clerk from rival Littleton Chambers to join its expanding clerking team.
Deborah Anderson, a highly-rated commercial clerk who has been at Littleton for 20 years, will join Brick Court in the summer as one of five senior members of the clerking team.
"We are going to use this opportunity, although it is not one we would have chosen, to have a complete rethink of the clerking function and how we meet our clients' needs. Deborah will be helping with that rethink," says Michel Kallipetis QC, head of chambers at Littleton.
"She's been with us for 20 years and she's made a huge contribution to chambers and we've been fortunate to have had her with us for as long as we have. I and the rest of chambers will miss her very much and wish her every success in her new position."
Brick Court's joint senior clerk Ian Moyler says the addition of Anderson is necessary to cope with the potential expansion of the set.
It will also allow Moyler and fellow senior clerk Julian Hawes to pursue their business development and marketing activities.
"We're delighted to be joined by such an experienced clerk from a first-rate set of chambers," he says.
The administration team at Brick Court now has 21 staff. The rising administration costs in many chambers is one factor pushing the massive increase in lateral movement of barristers to bigger sets.
Brick Court's administration costs, for example, have risen by 20 per cent over the past two to three years.