Manchester’s Kings Chambers to open in Birmingham with No 5 hires

Manchester-headquartered Kings Chambers is set for significant expansion with the launch of a new base in Birmingham.

The set has hired senior clerk Gary Smith from No 5 Chambers to lead the venture with Anthony Crean QC and Sarah Clover, both formerly members of No 5 Chambers in Birmingham, joining the set.

Head of chambers Nick Braslavsky QC said demand for a set that focuses purely on civil work was on the rise in the city. “We’re told by the providers of work that they’re increasingly interested in a personal niche service from people who can provide expert advocacy. There’s obvious disenchantment with chambers which have huge numbers of people who are not providing that service.”

The Birmingham office will not only service the West Midlands but will also give chambers a base closer to the South West, Braslavsky added that the set had seen a significant rise in instructions from the region.

Chambers is, he added, in talks with “quite a number” of barristers about them taking membership at the new base, which will officially open in September. Braslavsky said the set will expand rapidly in the city. “We’ll be in a clearer position in six months’ time,” he said, adding that all Kings Chambers barristers were likely to benefit from the base.

It comes as the set revealed a 13 per cent rise in turnover from £21.4m to £24.2m for the 2011-12 financial year. With an average of 92 members for the year, average revenue per barrister (RPB) stood at £263,000.

The figures compare with Birmingham’s largest set No 5 Chambers, which saw revenue rise by 17.9 per cent from £36.48m to £43m, but with 238 tenants average RPB stood at £180,000.