Senior clerks leave in Hardwicke restructure

Amanda Illing

Amanda Illing

The set is aiming to break into The Lawyer’s list of top 20 sets by turnover within five years and in May brought in Matrix Chambers practice director Amanda Illing to implement the new structure (The Lawyer, 11 May).

Senior clerks were told their positions would be replaced with senior practice director roles and they would have to reapply for their jobs.

Senior clerks Danny O’Brien and Kevin Mitchell have parted from the set, with O’Brien taking up the senior clerk role at Arden Chambers. Mitchell is yet to re-emerge at another set.

Hardwicke has since moved the pair’s respective junior clerks up the ranks. Daniel Kemp, junior to O’Brien, has been appointed as public law senior practice manager and Paul Horsfield, junior to Mitchell, has taken up the property and private client role.

O’Brien said his move to Arden was “opportunistic”.

“Arden Chambers has a fantastic national reputation, particularly as a specialist housing and local government set,” he said.

Meanwhile, barrister John Passmore has left Hardwicke to join Quadrant Chambers. Quadrant chief executive Tim Gerrard said: “He has a very successful practice, his specialist area [insurance and marine] are right in the sweet spot of our offering.”

Hardwicke chief executive Anne Buxton said the set continued to expand, most recently adding Hill Dickinson’s former head of advocacy Sarah Venn and clinical negligence barrister Kevin Have from Chichester-based Pallant ­Chambers.