13 Old Square snaps up Kings QC

13 Old Square has picked up its third silk as Manchester-based Michael Booth QC joins the young set.

In an unusual move, Booth is joining 13 Old Square as a full tenant while retaining his membership of Kings Chambers in Manchester rather than becoming a door tenant at his new set.

Booth told The Lawyer that the move was prompted by the expected changes to the legal profession coming about as a result of Sir David Clementi’s regulatory review, including new rules permitting barristers and solicitors to practise together.

“There are going to be lots of opportunities,” Booth said. “I think London’s going to be a market that’s very much in a state of flux.

“The attraction of 13 Old Square is that they’re a progressive bunch that have a very commercial approach.”

Booth’s practice covers general commercial and chancery work, including IT law.
13 Old Square was founded in June 2004 by John McDonnell QC with 14 barristers. The chancery and commercial set now has 27 tenants. The third silk is Edward Bartley Jones QC, who is also a member of North West set Exchange Chambers.