Faculty of Advocates provides 9 Gough Square with new chief executive

Common law set 9 Gough Square has picked up a new chief executive after the retirement of longstanding incumbent Joanna Poulton.

John Kerr has joined from the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland, where he headed Faculty Services, the clerking provision arm.

Poulton led 9 Gough Square for 10 years from 1995, leaving it with 61 members, including four silks. The set covers all areas of common law and general crime.

Kerr spent three years at the Faculty of Advocates, prior to which he picked up many years’ experience working for membership organisations and trade bodies after training as a chartered surveyor. In particular, he oversaw a period of change at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, instituting a transition from a divisional structure to a more focused organisation.

He arrives at 9 Gough Square as the set is looking to expand. Earlier this year it acquired extra space in 4 and 5 Gough Square to accommodate more people. The chambers is planning to hire more juniors in the areas of family, personal injury, crime and employment law over the next year.