Holborn set benefits from cheaper rent

A NEW chambers has officially opened up outside the Inns of Court boasting rent which works out a third cheaper than it was prior to the move.

Vice-chancellor the Rt Hon Sir Richard Scott was on hand to open Holborn Chambers officially last week.

The 24-member common law and criminal set, headed by Stuart Stevens, moved from 3 King's Bench Walk to Gate Street in Lincoln's Inn Fields one year ago.

The set complained that conditions at its old home remained "semi-Dickensian".

It now has "spacious, thoroughly modernised facilities" following several months of building and refurbishment work.

A spokesman said the set was now "cautiously confident" as it faced the millennium with the prospect of "no rent reviews, guaranteed diminishing rents as revenue and membership increases".

Earlier this year the set fell victim to a suspected arson attack causing £1,500 damage.