Old Square hires PI silk

Old Square Chambers has bolstered its practice by taking experienced professional indemnity and clinical negligence silk David Wilby QC from the chambers of 199 Strand.

Old Square is primarily known as a personal injury, environmental and planning chambers but now wants to add clinical negligence to its remit.

Wilby joined Old Square on 2 January and will enhance the practice of highly rated junior clinical negligence silk Matthias Kelly QC.

Like the head of his new chambers, John Hendy QC, Wilby also has a practice in the north of England. Hendy is head of chambers at 9 St John Street in Manchester and Wilby has a practice at Park Court Chambers in Leeds.

Senior clerk at Old Square John Taylor denies that Wilby’s move to a less-established clinical negligence set is a surprise. “We’re building a very good reputation in this area,” he says. “And it’s certainly a morale-booster to get another silk on board.”

Wilby’s departure will come as a blow to 199 Strand’s new management structure (The Lawyer, 25 September).

Senior clerk Martin Griffiths says: “We’re sorry that David has chosen to leave us but we hope that he’s happy in his new chambers. However, movement between sets is now commonplace. Over the last 12 months the chambers has increased in size and is benefiting from a modern management structure, and we’ll continue to grow in 2001.”