3VB is the latest set to benefit from the retirement of judges from the bench, taking on former judges Sir William Blair and Sir Ross Cranston FBA.
Blair, the former judge in charge of the commercial court, and Cranston, the former solicitor general and judge in charge of the administrative court, have rejoined chambers at the beginning of this month.
3VB joint head of chambers Ewan McQuater QC said: “It is tremendous that Bill Blair and Ross Cranston have returned to 3VB at the next stage of what have been outstanding legal careers.
“As well as holding senior academic positions at QMUL and LSE, they bring their judicial expertise to the world of international arbitration. Together, we plan to build an exciting new offering in the international commercial and financial legal market, with an emphasis on social responsibility.”
Blair served as a High Court judge in England and Wales for nearly ten years, and was the judge in charge of the commercial court in London from 2016. He helped to establish the specialist Financial List, which hears disputes over £50m, and includes judges with specialist knowledge.
Judges sitting the financial list include Justices Knowles, Leggatt, Phillips and Popplewell from the commercial court, and Sir Geoffrey Vos and Justices Asplin, Hildyard, Newey, Rose and Snowden from the chancery division.
Blair also launched Qatar’s first civil and commercial court with Lord Woolfe ten years ago.
Cranston, a former member of parliament, was a judge in the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, for just over nine years, and was also in charge of the administrative court and sat in Commercial Court. Previously he was Centennial Professor and Cassel professor of commercial law at LSE.
Recent months have seen prominent members of the bench return to chambers, as many reach the end of their terms. In November, Lord Neuberger joined One Essex Court as an arbitrator after announcing his retirement from the bench.
Neuberger retired from the highest juridical position at the end of September, following a career that saw him preside over the landmark Article 50 case, in which the court ruled that parliament could not rely on royal prerogative alone to trigger Article 50 and must seek parliamentary approval.
Former Supreme Court judge Lord Clarke also went back into private practice, taking up a position at Arbitrators at 10 Fleet Street.
Arbitrators at 10 Fleet Street is a new and separate arbitrator wing set up by Quadrant Chambers. Full-time arbitrators include Sir David Steel, David Steward, Richard Lionberger and His Honour Harvey Crush.
Clarke was one of the first Supreme Court justices. He began his career at the commercial Bar, before being appointed as a High Court judge in 1993, where he said in the Admiralty, Commercial and Crown court.