Brick Court Chambers is considering whether to restructure its clerking team following the surprise resignation of joint senior clerk Deborah Anderson.
Anderson resigned from chambers on Monday, 14 years after joining the high-powered set from Littleton Chambers. She is due to leave the set in July although her destination is yet unknown.
The move could set in motion the clerking merry-go-round, although chambers said there were no imminent plans to replace Anderson.
That said, if the firm does look for a lateral it is likely to spark a series of moves across the Inns. When Keating Chambers senior clerk Nick Child left last May (15 May 2013), the set brought in Wilberforce Chambers heavyweight Declan Redmond (7 October 2013) leaving a significant gap in the Wilberforce clerking team. It looked to fill the hole through the addition of former XXIV Old Buildings practice director Nick Luckman, who had been with the set since 1984 (21 November 2013). His replacement was found outside the bar, with XXIV Old Buildings hiring Withers partner Sue Medder (15 January 2014).
Anderson’s exit leaves the clerking team with eight clerks including clerking chiefs Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler.
When Anderson arrived from Littleton Chambers in 2000 she was already highly-rated clerk who had already been at Littleton 20 years. She was brought in at a time of change for the expanding chambers and enabled Moyler and Hawes to pursue business development and marketing efforts.
Her exit is expected to leave ripples throughout the marketplace with several sources saying they were “very surprised” about the news.
A spokesperson said: “Deborah has of course been a highly valued member of our clerking team for many years, and she will undoubtedly be greatly missed. Her contribution to chambers has been considerable in her time here. All at Brick Court wish her well.”