Nugee steps down after 30 years as head of Wilberforce

Wilberforce Chambers has reformed its management as its respected head of chambers Edward Nugee QC steps down after 30 years in the role.

Nugee is retiring from his position as head of chambers at the end of this month, having led Wilberforce since 1976. He will continue to practise.

The set chose to replace Nugee through its first-ever elections. Members voted for Jules Sher QC as their new head of chambers during a 10-day process. John Martin QC was picked as deputy head. Sher said: “I see it as my role to maintain a cohesive set of chambers and to hold the chambers together so it can go forward and flourish.”

He added that Wilberforce’s strengths in pensions, property and IP should continue to grow.

“My idea is that these groups should be part of a unified whole and that’s a test that will be quite challenging,” he said. “I look forward to putting a large amount of effort into it.”

Both silks were elected for a four-year term of office, with Sher being unable to stand for re-election as head of chambers.

The set’s management committee chair, senior junior Anthony Taussig, is also stepping down as he retires from practice.