39 Essex drops ‘street’ from brand ahead of office move and appoints first female head of chambers

39 Essex Street Chambers has dropped the ‘street’ from its name ahead of its move to 81 Chancery Lane in September.

The newly-named 39 Essex Chambers has also appointed its first ever woman as head of chambers, Alison Foster QC, who replaces Stephen Tromans QC.

Tromans is standing down when his term ends on 1 April. Foster will be joint head of chambers with Neil Block QC.

Alison Foster

Public, regulation and tax law specialist Foster represented the family of Private Cheryl James who died from a gunshot wound at Deepcut Barracks in Surrey (11 July 2005).

She spoke to The Lawyer last week for a special report about Government reforms to judicial review (23 March 2015).

Head clerk David Barnes said the task of rebranding the set’s literature, website and business materials had been completed over the last month in advance of the move to “transition in” to the new office.