Nat West opens legal centre

BARRISTERS and their chambers are being targeted by a new legal banking centre set up by National Westminster Bank.

The Law Courts Legal Centre has been established at the National Westminster Bank branch opposite the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand.

A section of the bank has been set aside for the centre, which will cater purely for barristers and solicitors.

The bank has 45 sets of chambers on its books plus 1,000 barristers and 1,000 solicitors.

The centre was the idea of senior manager Paul Rigby, who heads the staff of 15 managers and clerks who will man the centre.

He said the move would allow all the bank’s services to lawyers to be provided by the same team under the same roof.

“We’ve always specialised in dealing with lawyers, and I thought it would be a good idea to give them their own service centre,” he said.

National Westminster Bank chairman Lord Alexander QC, himself a barrister, will officially open the centre this Thursday evening.