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Data dive: Blackstone’s historic record at the Supreme Court

Regardless of this morning’s outcome, it was Blackstone Chambers that was the real winner in this curious case of Parliament prorogation, with a huge cast of barristers instructed on both sides of the table. Two years on from their initial Brexit battle, Blackstone’s Lord Pannick QC and James Eadie QC were facing off once again, […]

New Brexit case seeks to take Article 50 extension letter out of PM’s hands if he pursues ‘dead in a ditch’ obstruction tactic

After prorogation of Parliament was deemed unlawful by the Scottish courts on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now facing another Brexit battle north of the border against Balfour & Manson and Jolyon Maugham QC’s Good Law Project. This is part of a new injunction brought by the founder of green energy company Ecotricity, Dale […]


Monckton silk: Gina Miller case could force government to disclose ministers’ WhatsApp messages

A Monckton Chambers silk has taken to Twitter to explain an important disclosure point which will affect the legal challenge against the government’s suspension of Parliament. The Lawyer revealed yesterday that Mishcon de Reya had lodged a legal injunction on behalf of businesswomen and anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller, to prevent the UK Government from shutting down […]

Essex Court QC confirmed as latest High Court appointment

Essex Court’s Martin Griffiths QC has become the latest silk to be appointed to the High Court, with his position set to officially take effect on 1 October 2019. In addition to possessing many clients in the financial and banking world, Griffiths also specialises in commercial law and has case experience in sport, media and […]

Doughty Street barrister resigns following Twitter ‘harassment’ of colleague

A Doughty Street Chambers barrister has resigned from the set amid allegations that he was connected to a Twitter account that harassed people involved in the Labour antisemitism issue. In a Twitter thread posted by Doughty Street human rights barrister Adam Wagner, it is revealed that his former Doughty Street colleague Daniel Bennett has resigned […]

Former Twenty Essex barrister rejoins set after offshore stint

Commercial set Twenty Essex has hired a barrister from Walkers to add to its civil fraud and asset tracing team. Sarah Tresman has spent three years as a litigation lawyer in the Cayman Islands. Previously she was a barrister at Twenty Essex for seven years, where she began her career. She returns to the chambers […]

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Blackstone, Brick Court and 11KBW silks among seven QCs appointed High Court judges

The High Court today announced the appointment of seven justices, including barristers from Blackstone Chambers and Brick Court. The appointments are due to take effect from September, with a further 10 appointments due to be announced later this year. The silks will fill vacancies in the High Court following promotions to the Court of Appeal […]

Essex Court brings in Erskine barrister to expand commercial team

Essex Court Chambers has expanded its commercial and chancery practice with the arrival of a barrister from Erskine Chambers. The set, crowned Chambers of the Year at The Lawyer Awards last week, has hired Tim Akkouh. Akkouh was called to the Bar in 2004 and will add substantial experience to the set’s civil fraud and […]

The Lawyer Awards 2019: the sets vying to win Chambers of the Year

London is rich in talent at the bar, and the sets shortlisted for this year’s Chambers of the Year category have shown considerable acumen in growing their businesses. Commercial and employment set 11KBW has seen significant financial growth over the past five years, with a particularly strong performance in 2018 when it predicted an increase […]

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A&O’s consulting arm hires 3VB’s sole female silk

The only female silk at 3 Verulam Buildings is leaving the set to join Allen & Overy Consulting on a part-time basis. Catherine Gibaud QC will leave 3VB to join A&O Consulting as a senior adviser to CEO Sally Dewar and her team. A&O Consulting advises clients on issues relating to governance, corporate purpose and […]

Northern barristers chambers eyes move to London

Northern-headquartered Exchange Chambers has decided to make the move to London, after announcing a record turnover in the last financial year. The set is firmly established in the North, with offices in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds but a revenue of £33.1m in 2018/19 has led the chambers to explore opportunities in London. The set has […]

4 Pump Court grows commercial disputes practice with XXIV Old Buildings hire

A long-established commercial silk has joined 4 Pump Court from XXIV Old Buildings, expanding the set’s commercial practice. Stephen Cogley QC joined 4 Pump Court yesterday (28 May), bringing experience in both domestic and international commercial disputes across the shipping, energy, banking, financial services and insurance sectors. Cogley specialises in major multi-disciplinary disputes involving fraud, […]

Rare silk departure for One Essex Court as QC joins Chancery set

One Essex Court (OEC) has been hit with a rare departure from its silk ranks as Zoe O’Sullivan QC has swapped the commercial-heavy set for a new role at the Bar. O’Sullivan is joining the more Chancery-focused Serle Court. OEC has been more associated with star hires, swelling its ranks with the likes of Alexander […]

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Landmark hires barrister duo from newly-merged set

Landmark Chambers has strengthened its already robust property practice with the addition of three junior barristers to one of the set’s primary areas. Justin Bates and Brooke Lyne both join the set from 4-5 Gray’s Inn, while new colleague Simon Allison has arrived from construction rival Hardwicke Chambers. The trio’s practices have focused heavily on […]

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