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Keating Chambers has hired longstanding Wilberforce Chambers senior clerk and chief executive Declan Redmond to lead its clerking team.
The move will be a blow to Wilberforce, which is one of the most profitable sets at the bar. Redmond, who has never clerked anywhere but Wilberforce, has been a central force within chambers and is widely regarded as one of the leading clerks at the bar.
According to The Lawyer’s Bar Top 30 rankings, which will be published in full on 21 October, Wilberforce tops the revenue per barrister (RPB) table at the civil bar, with the set’s 53 members producing estimated average revenues of £849,000 annually.
Redmond succeeds Nick Child as Keating’s senior clerk. Childs quit the set last month to join Navigant Consulting as managing director and head of global market development for the company’s global construction practice (15 May 2013).
Keating is also ranked in the top 10 RPB listings, with 56 members generating estimated revenues of £625,000 annually.
Redmond will leave Wilberforce at the end of the year.
Chambers head John Martin QC said: “He has been an excellent CEO and senior clerk and a friend to all in chambers. His reputation in the legal profession is formidable.
“We’re sorry that he’s leaving us, but we understand his desire for a new challenge, and he will leave with our very best wishes. He remains with us in his existing capacity for the next three months, representing chambers and supervising our outstanding clerks and support staff.
“Succession arrangements will be announced in due course, but in the meantime Wilberforce will continue as before.”