I was interested to read in your 28 February issue about the problem which barristers chambers have experienced in their merger talks due to the difficulty of finding suitable accommodation close to the law courts.
Baker Lorenz has a number of properties available around the law courts, particularly those measuring approximately 48,000sq ft.
A number of chambers have inspected the buildings, and while they seem to be contemplating offers, the decision-making process regarding the property – despite initial enthusiasm – appears to be on the slow side. It then grinds to a halt after internal meetings where barristers express different views regarding the future direction of their own chambers.
My company questions whether the problems which barristers are experiencing concern the lack of availability of property or their own decision-making processes.
It is difficult enough for one chambers to make a decision on moving, but when two chambers are moving, following a merger, the problem is even greater.
Lloyd Simon, Baker Lorenz, property consultants