Thirteen Old Square on the move as it changes name

Leading chancery set Thirteen Old Square has changed its name to Serle Court Chambers in anticipation of a move across Lincoln's Inn to 6 New Square, the current home of law firm Trowers & Hamlins.

Both the move, scheduled for late 1999, and the new name, are part of a long-term policy of growth and modernisation at the chambers, headed by Charles Sparrow QC.

Over the past year the set has increased to 30 tenants by recruiting aggressively, taking four tenants from other chancery sets and advertising for more.

The set wants to develop a corporate identity distinct from, among others, its great rival at 13 Old Square, Michael Lyndon-Stanford QC's chambers.

The leases on 6 and 4 New Square have been bought by Lincoln's Inn from City firm Trowers & Hamlins, which is moving to new premises in Tower Hill, and the building will be given a major refurbishment over the next 18 months.

Currently spread across six different buildings, Serle Court beat off stiff competition from at least three other sets for 6 New Square, which will cost significantly more than its present arrangement.

Michael Briggs QC at Serle Court said the move would give a further boost to the set's expansion. He added: “We see this move and the adoption of our new name as integral steps in the development of our corporate identity.”

Serle Court takes its name from the original architect of New Square, Henry Serle.

John Powell QC's 38-tenant Temple-based chambers, 2 Crown Office Row, has taken the lease on 4 New Square.