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Top 30 London set Hardwicke is to be bolstered by the arrival of former Brick Court senior clerk Deborah Anderson.
Anderson resigned from the magic circle set in April in a move that triggered the restructuring of its clerking team.
Her arrival at Hardwicke as practice director will be a significant boost for the set, which has embarked on a new strategy since the promotion of Amanda Illing to chief executive (9 April 2014).
Anderson, who will join Hardwicke as practice director and take responsibility for the clerking room, has a strong litigator following having spent 30 years at the bar. Hardwicke is home to 10 practice managers.
Anderson spent 14 years at Brick Court having joined the set from Littleton Chambers (15 May 2000). She was brought in at a time of change for the expanding chambers and enabled Ian Moyler and Julian Hawes to pursue business development and marketing efforts.
Her exit left Brick Court with eight clerks including clerking chiefs Hawes and Moyler. The departure was expected to leave ripples throughout the marketplace with several sources saying they were “very surprised” about the news.
Hardwicke has been on a modernising drive since Illing joined in 2009 as practice director from Matrix (11 May 2009). Chambers brought her in to succeed chief executive Anne Buxton who was to leave in December 2012.
Less than six months after Illing’s arrival senior clerks Danny O’Brien and Kevin Mitchell parted company with the set and chambers restructured. Chambers had previously divided into practice areas such as family law, housing law and education law. In 209 this was scrapped in favour of four key divisions: commercial, public, insurance and property, and private client.
At the same time clerks were replaced with practice directors who took charge of the four divisions.