Exchange wins Peel Court criminal team

Manchester’s Exchange Chambers has raided Peel Court Chambers for a three-barrister criminal team.

The set has snared Mark Rhind, called in 1989, 12-year-call barrister Richard Littler and practitioner Andrew Smith, who has been practising since 1996.

Exchange director Tom Handley said the trio will ramp up the 110-barrister set’s serious crime group in a bid to further boost the practice’s fee income, which was up by 10 per cent this year.

“There’s no disputing that the legal services market for criminal work is extremely difficult at present, so to record double-digit growth is a real achievement,” said Handley. “There’s no time to rest on our laurels, though, and we’ll continue to further develop every area of chambers.”

The news comes as Peel Court swooped on St Johns Buildings for the fifth time since March, taking on barrister Nigel Booth.