Cardinal Chambers boosts criminal team with six barrister appointments

Cardinal Chambers, the set established after the acrimonious split from Cloisters of former senior clerk Michael Martin, has attracted six new tenants.

The chambers has grown from four barristers at its inception nine months ago, to 23.

Martin, the set's founder, says: “We could have been at 43. We have had to reject so many applications.”

The manner of Martin's split from Cloisters gained him a great deal of support from many of his former tenants and several of them, including his current head Philip Engelman, followed him to the new chambers.

The new tenants to join are senior criminal practitioner Ivor Frank and junior Dominic Alexander, who move from Baroness Patricia Scotland QC's dissolving set, One Gray's Inn Square.

That set is to disband following the departure of its 12-strong family team to Gray's Inn Chambers, headed by Brian Jubb.

It has also lost five commercial tenants in the last month with Mark Hoyle, Leo D'Arcy and Carole Murray leaving for Francis Taylor Building, while Philip Newman and Scott Matthewson switched their allegiances to 22 Old Buildings.

Martin has also appointed four tenants from one other set, but has refused to name them because they have not yet told their chambers.

Cardinal Chambers covers both civil and criminal law, a practice which other sets have sought to move away from, largely because of the different levels of profitability of the two sets of barristers.

But Martin says the set continues to attract new clients and has no plans to change chambers policy.