Crown Office snares Maitland’s top clerk

Crown Office Chambers has overhauled its management structure and poached Maitland Chambers senior clerk Andy Flanagan for the new role of senior managing clerk.

Flanagan joins Crown Office on 1 November after six years at Maitland, having joined the set when it was formed through the merger of 13 Old Square and 7 Stone Buildings. His new role has been created to oversee the internal management of the set.

Flanagan said: “With [Crown Office] I still get the high-profile commercial work, but I also get to do it within a common law environment.”

Flanagan leaves Maitland less than a year after the set’s chief executive Peter Bennett quit to join Bates Wells & Braithwaite. The set will appoint a replacement shortly.

Crown Office’s current joint senior clerk Julian Campbell will take up the position of director of marketing and will look after outward-facing business development issues.

The set’s other senior clerk, David Newcomb, is leaving chambers, having taken a redundancy package.

Campbell said the new structure had been implemented to build on the success of the 2000 merger between 1 Paper Buildings and 2 Crown Office Row, which created Crown Office.