Brick Court appoints first female joint head

Brick Court Chambers has elected Helen Davies QC as its new joint head of chambers for a five-year term.

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Helen Davies QC

She will hold the post alongside current joint head Jonathan Hirst QC, who has been in the role since 2005.

The move follows the exit of Nicholas Green QC, who left Brick Court to sit as a judge in the Queen’s Bench Division at the High Court last month (18 September 2013).

Davies will become the first female joint head to lead Brick Court. During her time at the chambers she has taken up a number of roles, including sitting on the executive committee and chairing the equality and diversity committee.

Davies was called to the Bar in 1991, and took silk in 2008. Her practice spans a number of the chambers’ core practice areas including commercial litigation, EU and competition law. She has recently successfully represented Roman Abramovich after allegations of intimidation and breach of trust by claimant Boris Berezovsky, and worked on the FA Premier League v Ofcom case appealing the regulator’s decision that BSkyB must offer its sports channels to competitors on regulated terms.

Jonathan Hirst QC said in a statement: “I am very proud that members of Brick Court Chambers have elected an outstanding female practitioner as our joint head of chambers and I greatly look forward to working with Helen. Her nomination was unopposed which reflects the very high regard her fellow members of chambers hold her in.”

Brick Court recently retained all five of its pupils as tenants – the greatest number it has kept on in two decades (3 July 2013). It said the high retention rate was thanks to an “exceptional year” for the chambers.

The set also announced this week that it was expanding its premises into the adjacent building in Essex Street to assist its future expansion.