THE first barristers' chambers in Wiltshire opened for business last week. Temple Chambers in Swindon is a "joint venture" between Guildhall chambers of Bristol and Pump Court chambers of London and Winchester.
The new chambers can draw on the expertise of 74 barristers, including eight QCs, in a wide range of expertise which only excludes admiralty work.
Head of Pump Court Chambers, Guy Boney QC, says: "We will be doing mainly crime and personal injury work initially, but the work will build up as Swindon is one of the only modern towns without a set of chambers. We have quite a few good chancery people."
He adds: "There is a tendency in many professions to move away from London. It's partly a lifestyle thing."
Boney and John Royce, head of Guildhall chambers, realised that both their businesses had an interest in expanding out to Swindon to provide the town with its first set of barristers.