2 Temple Gardens loses its third silk in a month but denies crisis

Common law and commercial set 2 Temple Gardens has lost its third silk in a month.

Timothy Lamb QC has joined 3 Paper Buildings. The set has also taken on Jack Mitchell from Enfield Chambers to its employment team.

The loss of Lamb, a technology and construction, personal injury and professional negligence expert, is a further blow to the set which has suffered a volatile period since it began a process of restructuring last year.

This was initiated by the appointment in May 1999 of the set’s first chambers director Elizabeth Rantzen from Denton Hall, where she was director of business development.

Her remit includes internal structural reorganisation, improving the interface with existing clients and marketing.

In January, 2 Temple Gardens parted company with its deputy senior clerk Tom Grove which was followed in March by the departure of former head of chambers Patrick Phillips QC and Alexander Layton QC.

However, Rantzen rebuts claims that the set is in crisis.

“He [Lamb] has decided to move on, however, last month our earnings were the best they have been for at least 12 months and we are close to recruiting two new clerks,” she says.

In March, 2 Temple Gardens also launched its alternative dispute resolution service.

In addition to Lamb, 3 Paper Buildings has taken on two more silks as door tenants, Roger Farley QC and Nicholas Braslavsky QC.

They followed their head of chambers Philip Raynor QC of 40 King Street in Manchester and 5 Park Place in Leeds by choosing 3 Paper Buildings as their London base.

This is the culmination of a plan to extend the set’s regional coverage by establishing an association with a northern chambers.