Maitland takes 7 Bedford Row chief executive

Maitland Chambers has poached 7 Bedford Row’s Robert Graham-Campbell to be its new chief executive.

Graham-Campbell joins Maitland in January, nearly a year after the previous incumbent Peter Bennett announced his departure for Bates Wells & Braithwaite.

Joint head of chambers Charles Aldous said: “Robert’s commercial experience will enable us to drive our business further forward, and to consolidate our position among the leading sets of chambers in the UK.”

Graham-Campbell was 7 Bedford Row’s first ever chief executive, joining five years ago from healthcare services group The Rood Lane Medical Group, where he was director of business development.

He told The Lawyer: “I’m very sad to leave 7 Bedford Row because I’ve really enjoyed it, and it’s been really good fun. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved, particularly to see how it’s risen from where it was.”

7 Bedford Row’s turnover has risen by 62 per cent in the past five years, and the set has formed a successful alliance with Jersey law firm BakerPlatt to carry out offshore and international work.

Meanwhile Maitland Chambers has successfully bedded down two separate mergers, the most recent with 9 Old Square in 2004. However senior clerk Andy Flanagan recently announced his departure in November for Crown Office Chambers.

7 Bedford Row is seeking a replacement for Graham-Campbell.