David Spens QC will succeed Fountain Court Chambers' Timothy Dutton QC as leader of the South Eastern Circuit in January 2007. Spens was chair of the Criminal Bar Association in 2004-05 and also sits on the Bar Council. He joined Garden Court Chambers earlier this year from 6 King's Bench Walk. Spens will hold the position for two years in a revision of the circuit's constitutional arrangements. Previously the leader spent three years in office.