THE COMMON Law set 36 Bedford Row has signalled its intention to branch out into commercial work with its adoption of planning specialist David Altaras.
Altaras, who acted for the Department of Transport in the M3 Twyford Down inquiry, has left planning chambers 1 Sergeants' Inn to join the set, led by James Hunt QC.
He said: "I think it is exciting to be able to offer planning and environmental services to the massive client base that this chambers has. In many ways, it is a move away from the traditional specialist sets which attract a limited number of City firms to a set which is offering a wide range of services."
Practice manager at 36 Bedford Row, Peter Bennett, added: "Our strategy is to develop specialist areas within a generalist set of chambers."