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Birmingham chambers 5 Fountain Court has in-creased its turnover by a third as sets across the board report a profitable year
It is also understood that London sets Littleton and Erskine posted turnover increases of 25 and 26 per cent respectively for 2001-2002. 5 Fountain Court im-proved on its £12m last year by a healthy £4m. This is down, in part, to its growth of planning work, which increased by 20-25 per cent. The set's planning silk Martin Kingston QC alone earned some £1.5m for his 12 months work acting for Associated British Ports in the Dibden Bay inquiry (The Lawyer, 29 July). Littleton Chambers, which handles a mix of commercial, professional negligence and employment work, saw turnover shoot up to around £12.5m. Part of its performance can be ascribed to a boost in mediation and arbitration, which has been bolstered by the recruitment of six leading arbitrators this year. Company law and chanc-ery specialist Erskine Cham-bers saw turnover increase by £2.5m to £12m. It has been involved in a number of high-profile litigations, including Equitable Life, Railtrack's arbitration with Virgin Rail, Railtrack's administration, and work arising out of Enron's collapse. The set also attributes the rise to the arrival of chancery and company law specialist David Oliver QC in 2000.