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Devereux Chambers has been hit with a barrister defection with Suzanne McKie QC quitting the set for Littleton Chambers.
McKie was considered a rising star at the set having been appointed silk earlier this year (26 March 2012). She is considered to be one-to-watch at the employment bar, having been instructed in the high-profile battle launched by F&C Asset Management’s former legal chief Gillian Switalksi against the company (10 December 2008).
Sources close to the set said McKie had resigned several weeks ago without having secured a position at a new chambers, although it was widely believed at that point that she was in talks with Littleton.
Her departure brings the number of silks at Littleton to 14. In a statement, Littleton joint head of chambers Andrew Clarke QC welcomed McKie’s arrival: “ Suzanne will further enhance our team of silks which provides advice and advocacy across the whole spectrum of employment law.”
McKie’s departure is the latest in a number of comings and goings from Devereux.Those leaving the set included Laura McNair-Wilson, who defected to Matrix Chambers alongside Andrew Smith; Tariq Sadiq who went to Midlands heavyweight St Philips Chambers; Katie Gollop who quit for 3 Sejeants’ Inn; who Dijen Basu went to 5 Essex Court; and Yvette Bude joined Cloisters.
The set has looked to continue growth through a mix of lateral additions as well as organic growth adding eleven since 2009. In 2011 Devereux added six new members, those included: Stephen Cottrell who joined from Temple Gardens; Jonathan Butters from St John’s Buildings; Thomas Vonberg from Farrar’s Building; Georgina Hirsch from Old Square Chambers. The set also moved into the tax field through the addition of heavyweight Jonathan Fisher QC from 23 Essex Street.