Kings’ year crowned by income rise

Manchester and Leeds set Kings Chambers overcame a difficult first half of the year to post a 2 per cent income rise to £13.5m in 2005-06.

Manchester and Leeds set Kings Chambers overcame a difficult first half of the year to post a 2 per cent income rise to £13.5m in 2005-06.

The set saw its turnover increase from £13.2m in 2004-05. Revenue per barrister reached a healthy £211,000.

Senior clerk Colin Griffin said the year had begun slowly, with few cases reaching court. However, the second six months were busier, and 2006-07 has begun strongly with a renewed upturn in court work.

“This year’s going to be exceptionally good if it carries on as it is,” said Griffin.

He went on to say that Kings’ Leeds annex had a strong performance, along with the set’s personal injury (PI) and planning teams. Commercial work, however, had remained fairly static.

During the year PI and employment law specialist Simon Plaut joined Kings’ Leeds base. The set now has a total of 64 members, including seven silks.