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There are signs that the old guard of the bar are gradually making way for youthful successors following a month of changes at the top.
As reported by The Lawyer (24 July), Wilberforce Chambers head Edward Nugee QC stepped down after 30 years in the role.
Wilberforce members voted Jules Sher QC as their new head of chambers during a 10-day election process. John Martin QC was picked as deputy head. Both silks were elected for a four-year term of office, with Sher limited to one term.
Sher said: "I see it as my role to maintain a cohesive set of chambers and to hold the chambers together so it can go forward and flourish."
Along with Nugee, the chair of the management committee, senior-junior Anthony Taussig also stepped down from his position after retiring from practice. Unlike Taussig, Nugee will continue to practise.
Littleton Chambers also saw a change in leadership this month after respected arbitration specialist Michel Kallipetis QC stepped down as head of chambers.
Kallipetis spent 20 years at Littleton, seven of which have been as head of chambers and 13 as deputy head.
Littleton voted in Andrew Clarke QC and Clive Freedman QC as the new joint heads of chambers. Clarke is an employment specialist, while Freedman handles commercial law cases. 2-3 Gray's Inn Square also pitched in with a change in leadership, electing Mark Lowe QC as its new head.
Lowe took over from Anthony Porten QC, who held the role for the past five years, and has stated his intention to modernise and grow the set. He said his aims as head of chambers were to streamline the way the civil set is managed and run, as well as to attract more members in its expanding practice areas. 2-3 Gray's Inn has developed new expertise in housing and licensing during the past five years, and Lowe said he is confident this will continue.