Fountain Court loses senior practitioner

Farrar’s Building has taken a senior junior from magic circle chambers Fountain Court.

Gillian Keene, a senior practitioner with a strong practice in personal injury, clinical negligence, employment and human rights, joined the set last week.

Chambers director Ric Martin says: “She is a very good junior who is particularly strong in personal injury.

“However, her practice may well be better off at Farrar’s Building, particularly after a couple of people have gone [from here] to the bench.”

The bar on tenants leaving magic circle sets has been well and truly broken, following a spate of high-profile departures.

These include Jeffrey Gruder QC who returned to Essex Court and was one of three silks to leave One Essex Court and Sir Nicholas Lyell QC, the former Attorney-General who left Brick Court for the merging Monckton Chambers.

In January, Farrar’s Building lost commercial litigator Timothy Dutton QC to Fountain Court.

Farrar’s Building has also taken on employment junior Shabbir Lakha from Clarendon Chambers, the set formed last year out of the merger between 11 Bolt Court and 7 Stone Buildings.

Farrar’s Building now has 35 tenants including 11 silks.

A common law set, it is best known for crime and personal injury/clinical negligence.