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Hardwicke Building has poached four new tenants as the set embarks on a major expansion drive.The new appointments come at the same time as the set seeks family andcriminal silks to head up the burgeoning practice groups.Chief executive Hilary Mundella, who joined the set in March, describesthe move as the start of a period of "significant growth" over the next 18months.Senior criminal practitioner Peter Walsh joins from Lindsay Burn's QueenElizabeth Building, which is also losing its entire family practice to 4Brick Court.4 Brick Court last month decided to refocus and practice exclusively onfamily work. As a result it is shedding all tenants specialising in otherareas.Senior family practitioner Stephen Lyon is joining Hardwicke from 14Gray's Inn Square.Personal injury and clinical negligence junior Charles Bagot arrives from169 Temple Chambers and former pupil Bart Cassela has accepted the offer ofa tenancy.This brings Hardwicke Building to nearly 80 tenants, and the third-largestset in the country.However, the set has often been perceived as being built on quantity andnot quality, an issue which Mundella is keen to address by recruiting silksto head up the different practice groups.l 5 Fountain Court in Birmingham, the second largest set in the countrywith 85 tenants, has also taken on four new tenants.Family and commercial practitioner Michael Walsh joins from St IvesChambers, while in September personal injury barrister Anthony Crean willjoin from 40 King Street in Manchester.Number 5 has also poached two senior criminal practitioners from rivalBirmingham set New Court Chambers, Ekwall Twana and Howard Reid.To cope with such expansion the set has taken on additional premises inFountain Court, the traditional home of chambers in Birmingham. It is nowinvesting u350,000 on refurbishment of the building.
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