St Philips Chambers latest to create chief exec role

Birmingham-based St Philips Chambers is the latest set to create a chief executive position after appointing bar consultant Chris Owen to the role.

The news comes after a series of sets created chief executive positions in recognition of the implications of the Legal Services Act.

Earlier this month Quadrant Chambers hired Tim Gerrard as chief executive from Jersey-based trust manager Hawksford International (1 June 2009).

Last month Devereux Chambers hired Baker & McKenzie director of marketing and business development Beverly Landais to the newly created position (21 May 2009).

Owen has spent the last eight years working as a consultant to the bar and before that was senior clerk at London set 7 Bedford Row.

He told The Lawyer that he felt it was now time to return to practice: “It was an opportunity which came out of the blue. You have to decide now what you want to do – is it time to get your feet wet and get back in. With the changes coming I wanted to get back in with a well respected chambers.”

St Philips head of chambers James Burbidge QC said Owen was the ideal candidate for the position. He said: “We identified Chris as being the person we wanted to work with in these challenging times for the bar and are sure our clients will enjoy working with him as much as we will.”