Temple Gardens poaches Dentons marketing chief

A leading civil and commercial chambers has poached Denton Hall's director of business development to be its first chambers director.

2 Temple Gardens will be joined by Elizabeth Rantzen at the beginning of June.

The loss of Rantzen is a blow to Denton Hall, which does not plan to replace her immediately. Initial day to day responsibility will be given to the business development manager Maddie Grindal.

Alexander Layton QC, of the chambers' management board, says Rantzen's appointment marks the culmination of a major review of strategy.

This, says Layton, was undertaken in response to the huge development of client expectations, which has forced the set to look at how it is run.

Rantzen will take overall control of management, with her role including internal structural reorganisation and improving the interface with existing clients and marketing.

Rantzen will also be involved in developing individual practice groups within the set, a process which has already begun, in order to satisfy solicitor clients' growing demand for specialist barristers.

“What is exciting for us is that she has hands-on experience in a major London firm but brings perspectives from the wider world as well,” says Layton.

Rantzen has been at Dentons for three years, prior to which she was with IBM, KPMG and Kingfisher in marketing consultancy and line management roles.

The set is the second in one week to announce the appointment of a chambers director.

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