Doughty Street Chambers is to set up shop in Manchester after four barristers defected from Garden Court North Chambers to join the civil liberties set.
Chambers director Robin Jackson said the base would provide a platform from which the set will grow.
He added: “Manchester is a strategically important site. Some of our barristers are already doing work in Leeds, Sheffield and Liverpool. This will give them a base.”
In addition, he said, the set hoped to attract further interest from barristers based in the region.
“It’s about looking at the fact that there are practitioners outside London who have accord with our ethos and values,” Jackson continued. “Our aim is to promote access to law and civil liberties. Finding the right people means we’re able to do that.”
The set will open offices in Manchester tomorrow. It will be manned by four former Garden Court North barristers: Nick Stanage, Paul Draycott, Farrhat Arshad and Erimnaz Mushtaq.
In April, 39 Essex Street announced its Manchester launch (27 April 2009).
39 Essex Street chambers director Michael Meeson said the move would accommodate the greater flow of work stemming from outside of London.