One King's Bench swoops as sets sink

One King's Bench Walk has profited from the demise of two sets by taking on five of their former tenants.

Three barristers have just joined from the now defunct Queen Elizabeth Building: its former head Lindsay Burn, and two senior criminal practitioners, Jonathan Lowen and James Pavry.

The set is also taking on Charles Howard QC, a highly-rated matrimonial finance barrister, from George Carman QC's dissolving New Court Chambers.

Howard, who took silk last year, joins the set on 3 April and will enhance One King's Bench Walk's reputation as a leading family chambers.

His practice extends to cover family-oriented judicial review, constructive trust issues, solicitors' negligence in relation to family work, as well as expertise in personal injury and medical negligence and actions against the police.

Fellow New Court tenant Alexander Pelling has also found a new chambers. He joins the commercial chancery set 24 Old Buildings this week.

Pelling has built a niche practice in insolvency, banking and travel law, which will fit with 24 Old Buildings' practice, headed by Philip Shepherd.

This takes the number of tenants at New Court still to find new homes down to 17, with further announcements expected this week.

One King's Bench Walk is also being joined, as a door tenant, by Stephen Wildblood QC, who will continue to practice from his set Albion Chambers.