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London set 4 New Square has named Ben Hubble QC as head of chambers following the elevation of Sue Carr QC to the High Court bench.
Ben Hubble QC
Carr has joined the Queen’s Bench Division alongside former 39 Essex Street’s Robert Jay QC (8 May 2013) having been halfway through her term as head of the set.
Hubble will take over her term and hold the position for another three-year term with the option to stand again for another six years. He said the set, which has recently expanded into new premises in New Square, will be focusing on expanding its commerciality to keep ahead of the pack.
“I am keen on modern professionalism and the idea that you have to provide the solicitor with what they want,” he said. The set, which has a strong focus on professional liability law, also builds direct relationship with insurer clients, with barristers able to negotiate set fees on a case-by-case basis.
“There is a massive pressure on fees and barristers need to be accessible,” Hubble said. “They also need to be team players, there is no room for thinking you’re better because you’re a barrister.”
He added: “If we’re a 76-barrister set with employees, we are also a business with a turnover of more than £30m. You have to conduct yourself as such.”
Hubble, who did his pupillage at chambers, will effectively chair the set’s executive committee and work alongside senior clerk Lizzie Stewart. The executive committee is made up of a barrister representing each five-year band of call. It works alongside other committees within chambers including finance, recruitment and the equality and diversity groups.
Hubble’s appointment comes as a number of sets change senior management to reflect judicial appointments. Last week 39 Essex Street elected Neil Block QC as head of chambers, succeeding Jay (20 June 2013).
Essex Court Chambers, meanwhile, yesterday announced that long-serving head Gordon Pollock QC was to stand down after more than 20 years. Pollock, who will maintain his practice, is to be succeeded by Richard Jacobs QC and Graham Dunning QC (24 June 2013).