MILTON Grundy's Gray's Inn Chambers has appointed a senior clerk and adopted a new name.
Senior clerk Chris Broom, formerly Anthony Scrivener QC's first junior clerk at 2-3 Gray's Inn Square, joined the chambers last month, shortly after its name changed to Gray's Inn Tax Chambers.
Broom was selected from more than 100 applicants to take over from John Regan. Regan retired last month after 24 years at the chambers.
Broom said he aimed to make sure the chambers was "as user-friendly as possible" and maintained its "excellent" reputation as a "small and specialised" tax chambers.
Barrister Conrad McDonnell said the chambers had considered the current trend of appointing a practice manager but decided against it because clerks had the advantage of having a "detailed knowledge of the legal profession", as well as "marketing acumen".
McDonnell explained that members of the chambers decided to change its name in order to emphasise its specialisation.
The 12-tenant chambers marked Regan's departure – and Broom's arrival – with a "lavish" dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
Anthony Scrivener QC's senior clerk Martin Hart said staff at the chambers were sorry to see Broom go. Hart said he was "in the process" of interviewing for a replacement.
He added that two barristers, namely Ranjit Bhose and Gillian Carrington, had joined the chambers in January from 4 Field Court.