The bar: divided but still ruling

The bar is headed for a fractured future and commercial stars are soaring ahead, according to The Lawyer’s cover feature this week.

According to data collected for The Lawyer’s Bar Top 30 report, which comes out with The Lawyer’s (eagerly-anticipated) UK 200 later this year, London’s top sets will be fighting a host of different demons in five years’ time.

Consolidation is the watchword for law firms dealing in personal injury and employment and sets like 39 Essex Street appear to be following suit.

Elsewhere, The Lawyer’s exclusive data suggest that magic circle sets One Essex Court, Essex Court Chambers, Brick Court and Fountain Court are busy boosting their silk counts and revenues.

Niche sets like tax chambers and IP will clearly still be making hay in 2020, although some like Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers are currently in the midst of upheaval. The set has experienced a surprising reshuffle recently, losing three silks in as many months.

Ultimately though, London’s top barristers can greet the summer break with optimism. These figures suggest there will be work aplenty to greet them on their return.

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