Outer Temple family silk leaves London for Bristol’s St John’s

Leading family silk Robin Tolson QC is to switch ­chambers, moving from London set Outer Temple to Bristol-based St John’s Chambers.

Tolson’s arrival brings the number of family silks at St John’s to five, with a team of 26.

Head of St John’s Richard Stead said: “Robin’s recognised nationally as a leading family law silk who brings real quality and experience. He’s a significant and welcome addition to chambers and enhances the family team’s strong reputation.”

Tolson specialises in complex family cases involving children and has a particular focus on public sector work.

It is rare for silks to move chambers, but this is the second such move in the past two weeks.

Last week David Casement QC quit Exchange Chambers to join North West rival Kings Chambers. Casement joined the set with Exchange junior James Boyd.

The silk, who was called to the bar in 1992, was instrumental in establishing Exchange’s commercial practice in 1993.

In 2008 he became one of the youngest barristers ever to be made up outside London, taking silk at the age of 38.