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Graham Lister, the senior clerk of European and competition law specialists Monckton Chambers, is due to leave in June to join expanding chancery set 11 New Square
Lister joins his brother John Lister, practice director at 11 New Square. Last year, the set gained six barristers from the closure of Lord Goodhart QC's 3 New Square. Lister is replacing former senior clerk Mike Gibbs, who retired at Christmas. Lister's number-two at Monckton, David Hockney, will replace him when he departs at the end of June. Lister said: "When I started at Monckton in 1983, the chambers was half the size it is today and its specialism was in mergers and acquisitions. Since then, it has expanded a lot in terms of size and the areas it covers." Now Lister wants a change of environment and a new challenge. "There are five or six years of my career left. I thought I'd look at a new challenge and then this opportunity arose and everyone was very enthusiastic," he said. In June last year, Monckton lost its chambers director Alexandrina le Clezio, who joined Ernst & Young International following the set's failed merger with 4/5 Gray's Inn Square (The Lawyer, 16 April 2001).