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Serjeants’ Inn has snared a team of four barristers from rival set Outer Temple Chambers.
The addition of members David Morris, Anthony Haycroft, Alan Jenkins and Charles Foster follows that of Caroline Hallissey, who also joined the set from Outer Temple in September. The four barristers first joined OUter Temple as a team from 6 Pump Court before it dissolved in 2004 (22 December 2004).
Morris and Jenkins are regulatory and disciplinary barristers while Haycroft and Foster focus on clinical negligence and medical law.
They join the clinical negligence and regulatory set, which set down plans for rapid expansion following its move to the Lutyens Building on Fleet Street in May last year.
Sources close to chambers suggested that the set is in expansion mode to help members shoulder the burden of the costly move, which followed a reshuffle of its management.
The chambers has added seven barristers to its ranks over the past year, taking its number from 43 to 50.
One source suggested the move was prompted by a desire to work in a larger clinical negligence practice: “In Serjeants’ Inn there are probably more practitioners sharing a core discipline than Outer Temple because it’s got fingers in all sorts of pies, whereas the core disciplines of Serjeants’ Inn are still healthcare primarily.”
Another said the move was unsurprising due to the number of shared clients between the sets.
A source said: “It’s obviously a bit of a blow if a set loses five people to another rival set, Obviously Serjeants’ Inn has been in the news recently for all sorts of things but everything seems to have calmed down. They’ve moved and are getting on with it.”
Outer Temple chief executive Christine Kings said: “We’re always sad to lose baristers and we wish them well.”