Landmark Chambers’ barristers boosted their combined fee income by 21 per cent over the 2013/14 financial year, from £26.3m at the end of 2012/13 to £32.5m.
The turnover increase came at the same time as the set cut overall contributions by 2 percentage points, from 17 to 15 per cent in 2013/14. The boost in revenue equates to an average revenue per barrister of £406,250, a 20.6 per cent increase from £337,000 the previous year.
The growth is the second year of stellar growth at the set, which also grew by 15 per cent between 2011/12 and 2012/13 and follows a dramatic change of the guard. The set has taken on nine laterals since 2012 but lost seven barristers who have either retired, moved overseas or taken up judicial appointments resulting in an increase from 78 to 80 tenants.
The new blood has brought in a healthy volume of work across the set’s key areas of planning, property, public and environmental law. New members include the seven barristers who joined the set from 4-5 Gray’s Inn between 2012 and 2014. Among those were silks John Hobson QC (29 November 2012), Paul Brown QC and Philip Coppel QC (9 November 2012), and Tim Corner QC (7 November 2012).
Environmental and planning barrister Zack Simons also joined from 39 Essex Street Chambers in May last year and David Lock QC joined from No 5 Chambers in January 2014, building out the set’s public law and healthcare practice.
The set’s members appeared 122 times in the Court of Appeal over the last financial year, seven more times than the previous year. Members also represented clients in the Supreme Court 13 times, up from 12 during 2012/13 and in the European Court of Justice twice, one more than the previous year.
The on-going high-profile battle over HS2 high-speed rail has proved a key source of work for a heavyweight roster across the set. Over the past financial year, silks including Nathalie Lieven QC, David Elvin QC and Tim Mould QC, all stepped up for the ongoing judicial reviews.
Mould and James Maurici QC batted out the joined judicial review brought by the HS2 Action Alliance, Heathrow Hub and Hillingdon London Borough Council in January in the Supreme Court (22 January 2014). The set also played a leading role in the Supreme Court showdown, having provided counsel for both sides of the dispute (27 September 2013).
It continues to steam ahead on planning, environmental and public law, having taken on several high-profile cases both for and against the Government over the past financial year. Around 40 barristers from the set appeared in the Court of Appeal during the financial year.
In February 2014 Maurici QC also appeared before the European Court of Justice for the UK Government over failure to comply with environmental laws.
The set is led by joint heads of chambers David Holgate QC and Tim Mould QC. Holly Gavaghan is chambers director and Jay Fullilove is the set’s senior clerk (27 June 2012).