Landmark Chambers has voted in David Holgate QC and Tim Mould QC as its first joint heads of chambers, with the set appointing former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer business development manager Holly Gavaghan as chambers director.
Mould and Holgate succeed Neil King QC, who stands down after three years at the helm. The decision to appoint two counsel to the role came in response to rapid growth at the set. The head of chambers will chair the set’s eight member management committee working alongside Gavaghan and senior clerk Jay Fullilove.
Landmark was launched in 2002 and has since grown organically from 52 to 72 barristers.
Speaking about his new position Mould said: “The role is very much one in which we are leading within chambers. We deliberately got away from the traditional bar model 10 years ago.
“When you have a strong range of practice areas you need a democratic office.”
Holgate added: “It isn’t just a question of our size. The combination of our four practice areas is a unique feature of our set, with most of our people doing crossover work. A good deal of management is needed for that.”
Mould said the set was intending to “reassess its strategy” whilst continuing its four-practice focus of planning, property, public and environment law. While the traditional route to the bar is solid, the set is also considering the impact of direct access instructions while expanding its international practice base.
The hire of Gavaghan marks her return to the bar, having previously been joint senior clerk at 39 Essex Street. Landmark has been without an administrative manager since the sudden exit of Joanna Poulton at the end of 2010.
Gavaghan will have an instrumental role is enforcing the set’s strategy. She said: “The priorities of my new role as chambers director will be clients, business development and strategy.”