Newcastle set Milburn House is facing crisis following the departure of its head and co-founder Paul Cape. The set will now consist of just one tenant
Cape's exit follows the recent departure of three tenants, Jane Woodwark, John Falkenstein and Seamus Sweeney - who all quit for William Lowe QC's Plowden Chambers - a set with strong Newcastle connections. Cape, however, is set to join London employment specialists 11 King's Bench Walk (11 KBW), leaving Milburn House with just one remaining tenant. David Mason is expected to remain at the Chambers, which were only established in 1998, where he may set himself up as a sole practitioner. 11 KBW's decision to hire Cape, a former official for Nalgo, one of Unison's founder unions, reflects its efforts to have national rather than just London clients. "We have clients outside London and want to be perceived as doing that work. We do a reasonable amount of work in Newcastle," said a source at 11 KBW. The set is trying to recruit at the senior junior end where it claims to have more work than it does tenants available to do it. One of its key senior juniors, Andrew Hillier, took silk earlier this year.