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Manchester-based Kings Chambers has appointed Nicholas Braslavsky QC as head of the set.
Nicholas Braslavsky QC
It follows the departure of Frances Patterson QC, who left chambers after being appointed as a law commissioner.
Braslavsky told The Lawyer: “It’s always disappointing to lose a valued member, but it’s a great honour and a wonderful opportunity for [Patterson]. She was instrumental in bringing the Administrative Court to Manchester.”
The opening of the Manchester Administrative Court helped Kings achieve a 9 per cent rise in turnover, from £17.5m in 2007-08 to £19.1m in 2008-09.
Braslavsky takes up a six-year term as head of the set as the bar faces monumental regulatory changes to accommodate the introduction of the Legal Services Act.
He said: “We need to seriously think about the regulatory changes and how we can use those changes to help us develop.”
The priority, Braslavsky added, is to develop further the set’s presence in Leeds, where it opened 12 years ago.
“It’s been successful, but I think it could be more so,” he contended. “We’ve just bought our offices in Park Square and I want to have more members based there.
“Our mission is to build better links with national and local firms based in Leeds to expand our business.”
Meanwhile, Bristol-based 3 Paper Buildings has re-elected Richard Tyson as head of chambers. He takes up a second five-year term. David Bartlett has stood down as deputy head of the set to be replaced by criminal silk Michael Vere-Hodge QC.