A group of seven leading criminal barristers this morning (4 May) confirmed the establishment of a new ‘super set’ in Smithfield.
As first revealed by The Lawyer (27 February 2006), Cloth Fair Chambers is being set up by five barristers from Hollis Whiteman Chambers, plus two other notable criminal silks.
The seven founders include Julian Bevan QC, John Kelsey-Fry QC and Timothy Langdale QC of Hollis Whiteman; 23 Essex Street’s Nicholas Purnell QC; and 9-12 Bell Yard’s Edmund Lawson QC. Hollis Whiteman senior juniors Ian Winter and Richard Horwell will also join the new set.
Cloth Fair is being set up in response to increased pressure on publicly-funded criminal work. It will carry out very high value and private criminal advocacy.
In a coup for the new set, Hollis Whiteman’s first junior clerk Nick Newman will run the clerking facilities, while legendary senior clerk Michael Greenaway will act as a consultant. Greenaway recently retired from more than 50 years working as a clerk in the Temple.
Cloth Fair will be housed in 17th century premises near Smithfield Market and will launch this summer.