Five sets pick off Three Fountain Court remains

A total of five sets of chambers have benefited from the dissolution of Birmingham Three Fountain Court by picking off new tenants.

England’s two largest regional sets, St Philips and No 5 Chambers, have taken the bulk of Three Fountain Court’s members.

St Philips has agreed to take on 18 members including criminal silks Stephen Linehan QC and Philip Parker QC. A further two members are understood to be still negotiating with the set.

Meanwhile No 5 has picked up 17 Three Fountain Court barristers, led by Robert Juckes QC. The team is predominantly comprised of criminal practitioners, but also includes family specialists Helen Arthur and Victoria Clifford as well as civil barrister Donald McConville.

Smaller sets St Ive’s Chambers, Citadel Chambers and Cornwall Street Chambers have hired three tenants each.

St Ive’s bagged the bulk of Three Fountain Court’s family team, led by Ann Chavasse, and also poached Lorna Meyer from No 5. Meyer is one of only five new silks appointed in Birmingham.

No 5 practice director Tony McDaid said: “I am disappointed to have lost Lorna both on a professional and personal basis. She is and always has been star quality and her appointment is well deserved.”

Three Fountain Court officially closes its doors on Monday (31 July).