Hardwicke set finally lands director

TWO OF the biggest sets of chambers in the country, Hardwicke Building and St Philip's Chambers, have landed a new chambers director and chief executive respectively.

Leading London set Hardwicke, with 73 tenants, has struggled to find a replacement for Tony Wells – now chambers director at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square – since his departure last June.

The Lawyer can reveal that Hilary Mundella has agreed to take up the post. It is understood it had already been offered to four people, all of whom rejected the job.

In the initial recruitment drive, the set is believed to have received more than 150 applications, but it could not persuade any of the three selected candidates to accept the position. A further candidate turned down the job at a later date.

Mundella previously work-ed for the NHS. The chambers is refusing to comment until an official announcement – due today – is made.

Leading sets are increasingly appointing directors rather than clerks to manage the business as the Bar moves to a more commercial footing.

Birmingham set St Philip's Chambers, which has 83 tenants, has appointed Vincent Denham as chief executive. His brief will cover marketing, client relationships and, perhaps most importantly, reforms to the justice system and how chambers will meet the challenge.