Meeson exits 39 Essex Street after decade at the helm

Long-standing chambers director Michael Meeson has resigned from 39 Essex Street after more than 10 years with the set.

Michael Meeson
Michael Meeson

Meeson has been a key figure in the strategic direction of the set since he joined as its first practice director in 1999 (26 July 1999).

He was credited with halting a slew of exits from chambers and taking it in a commercial direction. In his 11 years at the top, the set has more than doubled its membership from 40 to 88 members.

In 2006, Meeson appointed David Barnes as director of clerking and the pair are considered the most high-profile management team at the Inns of Court.

Together they turned 39 Essex Street into one of the leading sets at the bar. In the last five years turnover has jumped by 90 per cent from £17.7m in 2004-05 to £33.6m in 2009-10.

In a statement, the set said Meeson had been on leave since December and resigned on Wednesday.

“We would wish to acknowledge the contribution which he has made to the development of chambers and we wish him well in future stages of his career,” the set said.