Fresh pastures for final Carman silk

Peter Susman QC, the last of the silks from George Carman QC's dissolving New Court Chambers to find a new home, is joining 4 Field Court.

Susman, a leading information technology practitioner best known for his computer supply litigation practice, will bring the number of silks at 4 Field Court to nine and, in total, 32 tenants.

Susman, who took silk in 1997, originally practised as a lawyer with leading US firm Debevoise & Plimpton and his practice extends to cover commercial contract disputes and professional negligence claims.

Commercial set 4 Field Court is principally renowned for the shipping expertise of ex-head Geoffrey Brice QC but it hit the news in April last year with the surprise announcement that leading silk Steven Gee QC was joining as its new head of chambers from magic circle set One Essex Court.

Also on the move from New Court is Paul Read, first junior clerk, who has been with the set for 25 years.

He is moving to Old Square Chambers, following one of his former bosses Frederic Reynold QC, who joined the set last week.

New Court's senior clerk Bill Conner says the moves are not connected and that it will be “a wrench” to be split from Read, with whom he has worked for the past 21 years.

The other silks to have relocated are Carman himself, who recently joined 4-5 Gray's Inn Square and Charles Howard QC who moved to 1 King's Bench Walk. Nearly all the barristers have now found new tenancies.