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Landmark Chambers senior clerk Stephen Graham is stepping down at the end of the month (December) after 42 years in the profession.
Graham leaves Landmark's clerking in the hands of deputy senior clerk Jay Fullilove, who will become senior clerk from 1 January 2007.
The retirement follows the recent news that Landmark is on the hunt for a new chief executive after incumbent Joel Hagan announced his departure.
Graham has been senior clerk at Landmark since its formation in 2002, when 4 Breams Buildings and Eldon Chambers merged.
He is also chair of the Barristers' Clerks' Benevolent Fund, which gives aid to clerks and their families faced with problems such as bereavement, unemployment or illness.
Graham said: "Of all the things I've been involved in during a fairly long career, the one that's given me most satisfaction and pride has been the creation and success of Landmark."
He will remain at Landmark as a consultant, following the example of other recent senior clerk retirees, such as One Essex Court's Robert Ralphs, who became a consultant in 2005, and Hollis Whiteman Chambers' Michael Greenaway, who is now a consultant at Cloth Fair Chambers.