Clerking shake-up at 36 Bedford Row

A senior clerk to head a new team-based clerking structure has been appointed at 36 Bedford Row.

The appointment of Bill Conner, who left George Carman QC's dissolving New Court Chambers to join 36 Bedford Row, heralds the introduction of an innovative clerking structure at the fast-growing practice.

Conner's arrival brings to an end an unsettled period at 36 Bedford Row, which has seen silk's clerk Graeme Logan leave for 4 King's Bench Walk and the departure of senior clerk Martin Poulet to 2 Gray's Inn Square.

Both positions will be unified under the new structure.

Practice manager Peter Bennett says: “We have split the chambers into three teams, and each team will have a specialist senior clerk. Bill will be in overall charge.”

Bennett adds: “Bill combines the values and skills of many years experience in the Temple with a realistic view.”

Conner says: “I was imp-ressed with the organisation and attitude at 36 Bedford Row. I aim to assist chambers in its desire to establish itself as one of the top sets in the country.”

The new system is a departure from the traditional linear hierarchies in chambers, which have a single senior clerk handling silks and senior barristers.

Bennett says: “The system being introduced at 36 Bedford Row is better suited to a chambers of our size and I believe it is a modern approach.”

The chambers has grown by more than 25 per cent to 71 tenants since September.

2 Harcourt Buildings, the chambers of Roger Henderson QC, has appointed three new barristers from New Court Chambers. Terence Bergin, Jonathan Steinert and Andrew Davies will enhance the set's capability in what it regards as key areas – commercial, information technology, property, landlord and tenant and professional negligence.