Pump Court loses fourth senior clerk

London's premier tax set Pump Court has parted company with its latest senior clerk, understood to be its fourth in the last 10 years.

The Lawyer understands that Graham Kettle left Pump Court Tax Chambers after returning from two weeks leave. The chambers refuses to say if he has a new job to go to.

A senior clerk at a neighbouring set says: “Chambers don't realise how damaging it is to keep changing. It takes a good two to three years to bed in at the senior end and get a proper understanding of the business.”

At least four people have filled the senior administrative position over the last 10 years. Prior to Kettle's appointment Pump Court employed a practice manager but this arrangement is understood to have failed because of an uncertain relationship between her and the clerks.

Joint senior clerk Geraldine O'Sullivan will take over, but she does not know whether the set will seek to replace Kettle.

No one from the set's management committee was available for comment.