Three Fountain Court faces dismissal claim

Collapsed Birmingham common law set Three Fountain Court is facing an unfair dismissal claim from its former senior clerk as regional rivals prepare to pounce on its members.

The 50-member set voted on 7 July to dissolve and is due to close its doors at the end of July.

Three Fountain Court recently dismissed senior clerk Jonathan Maskew, with the reason understood to be that he was allegedly favouring certain members of chambers.

Maskew has instructed Russell Jones & Walker to act on his behalf on a potential constructive unfair dismissal claim, but proceedings have not yet been issued.

No 5 Chambers has become the first set to hire tenants from Three Fountain Court, bagging an 11-strong criminal team led by Robert Juckes QC, as well as civil and family barristers. St Philips Chambers is also likely to pick up members of the dissolving set.

Head of Three Fountain Court Stephen Linehan QC was unavailable for comment.