Blackstone Chambers has elected Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC to succeed Ian Mill QC and Thomas Beazley QC as joint heads of chambers.
Carss-Frisk and Peto, who will be responsible for driving the strategic development of the set, will take over the reins in January.
This comes as chambers face up to the economic realities of a post-recession market where requests for cut-rate deals and panel arrangements are increasingly common.
Human rights barrister Carss-Frisk was called to the bar in 1985 and made silk in 2001. She said there were no immediate plans to change the corporate structure of chambers.
That said, she added: “We’ve been ahead of the curve during our past two administrations and we plan to continue that. We’re never going to be closed-minded about the bar – if there need to be changes and clients ask for it, we’ll be flexible to their demands.”
Commercial silk Peto was also called to the bar in 1995 but is a relatively junior silk, having been appointed in 2009.
He said chambers had seen a significant increase in the number of international disputes attracted to London and the aim was to build on that.
“We’re seeing a number of international clients coming to London to litigate,” he commented. “It seems to be coming into fashion. We’re expanding our arbitration practice to reflect that. We have Middle Eastern, Russian and Eastern European clients – international work is a growth area.”
Mill and Bealey have led the set for the past seven years.