Leeds set brings in director to head clerks

Leeds set 10 Park Square has shaken up its administration in response to proposed government reforms by appointing Vicky Thompson as its first chambers practice director.

She will oversee all chambers administration, including the clerks' room. Craig Place has been promoted to senior clerk.

Former senior clerk Stephen Collis, who left amicably earlier this year, starts this week as senior clerk at East Anglian Chambers in Norwich.

The broad-based 24-tenant set is also set for extensive refurbishment, and the installation of new IT systems. It is implementing the Bar's practice management standards in readiness for ISO9000 accreditation.

Thompson, who previously ran a consultancy firm aimed at the Bar, said: “It is an enormous privilege to be given the opportunity to apply the techniques I used as a consultant in a single set of chambers.

“We are determined to make a success of the changes we are implementing and plan to be at the forefront of new practices, including conditional fees, block contract work and fast tracking.”