The move is a further sign that elements of the bar are looking to build stronger links with regional lawyers.
Deputy senior clerk Stuart Pullum said the move would strengthen the set’s links with local clients.
“We’ve had strong links with the South West and South Wales over the past 20 years. This will help us to expand that,” he said. “Some significant cases are going through the Admin Court in Cardiff. It’s a very positive step and we want to be there.”
Last year Doughty Street Chambers took steps to transform itself into a national set with office openings in Bristol (The Lawyer, 2 September 2009) and Manchester (The Lawyer, 27 August 2009).
This came after 39 Essex Street opened its doors in Manchester in a bid to take advantage of work pouring into that Admin Court (The Lawyer, 27 April 2009).
Four regional Admin Courts opened in 2009 in Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester.