199 Director starts up bar consultancy

199 Strand’s business development director Martin Griffiths is setting up a consultancy dedicated to advising the Bar when the set’s dissolution completes at the end of this month.

Griffiths has been overseeing 199’s winding up since the civil set announced it was breaking apart in December last year.

“It’s something different after having worked in chambers for 30 years,” Griffiths said. “There’s a lot of changes going on in the Bar, which chambers no doubt need assistance with.”

He plans to offer management and marketing consultancy services, but will not be dealing in recruitment.

The vast majority of 199 Strand’s 40 members have now found new homes, departing for a variety of sets in London and further afield. Last week (13 February) juniors Niamh O’Brien, Abigail Wright and Gurion Taussig moved to Lamb Chambers.

Commercial and chancery set 9 Stone Buildings is picking up a brace of 199 tenants. Senior-junior Robert Bourne, who is currently involved in the mammoth fraud case of The Attorney General of Zambia for and on behalf of the Republic of Zambia v Meer Care & Desai & ors, will join the set along with junior Jonathan O’Mahoney.

Clinical negligence specialist Jacqueline Beech will join Cloisters Chambers and personal injury barrister Louise Thomson is joining fellow former 199 tenant Quintin Tudor-Evans at 12 King’s Bench Walk.
9 Gough Square and Outer Temple Chambers have both picked up five new members, while Wilberforce Chambers has welcomed two tenants, including 199 head David Philips QC.

Practice administration service Clerksroom is moving into the premises, and will also welcome 199 tenants Robin de Wilde QC and Samantha Jackson.