Manchester merger to create giant chambers

Manchester chambers 24a St John Street and 28 St John Street are to merge. The two sets have made a declaration of intent to merge, after a substantial majority of tenants last week voted in favour of joining forces.
28 St John Street has been in merger talks before. In September The Lawyer revealed it was in talks with 9 St John Street, but without sufficient support from members these collapsed. Chief executive Mike Fry said the latest talks between the two criminal and common law sets are already at a more advanced stage.
A steering group, under the chairmanship of Michael Redfern QC, has now been established to hammer out the deal, which if successful would create Manchester's largest set, with more than 80 tenants.
“Together, they would be a major force to be reckoned with, offering high-quality service to clients with exciting potential for practice development for members,” said Redfern.