Booth's chambers axes senior clerk

Cherie Booth QC's chambers is set to part with its senior clerk, after more than 40 years' service, in favour of a new chambers director.

Leslie Page is understood to be devastated by the commercial set 4-5 Gray's Inn Square's decision to join the growing number of sets replacing their traditional senior clerks with practice managers.

The chambers, headed by Elizabeth Appleby QC and Michael Beloff QC, is advertising for a director who will command a salary of £100,000.

It is understood that the director's wage package is substantially lower than the one enjoyed by Page.

Both Page and Appleby are refusing to comment on the issue. Page, who is due to leave the set before Christmas, is understood to be negotiating the terms of his departure.

A well-liked and respected member of the clerking fraternity, Page's departure comes as the chambers enjoys a burgeoning workload, according to Bar sources.

In an interview with The Lawyer 12 months ago, Page said: “I earn good money but so I should – there's no pension, expense account or bonuses.”

Page said that the chambers had experimented with a practice manager three years ago, but his conclusion was that the venture had been unsuccessful.