Fountain Court raids Old Sq for clerk director

Litigation and banking set Fountain Court has poached Old Square Chambers senior clerk John Taylor for the newly created role of director of clerking.

His appointment comes just weeks after Fountain Court’s joint senior clerk Michael Couling defected to 11 Stone Buildings to become its first chambers director (The Lawyer, 3 December 2007).

Taylor, who will start in April, leaves Old Square after 14 years as senior clerk. He will be known as Alex Taylor at Fountain Court to avoid confusion with the set’s barrister John Taylor.

Commenting on Taylor’s appointment, Fountain Court head of chambers Michael Brindle QC said: “His commercially minded approach to clerking and management will assist us in moving forward our already market-leading business.”

Taylor’s new position will see him leading the clerking as well as being responsible for developing and implementing Fountain Court’s business strategy. Mark Watson will remain as senior clerk.

Fountain Court’s first director of clerking, however, is no stranger to the set, having worked as one its junior clerks from 1979 to 1988.

The news of Taylor’s appointment follows the magic circle set seeing barristers Timothy Howe and Mark Simpson being made up to silks last week (www.the lawyer.com, 22 January).