The Bar

Revealed: The top appeals of 2020

It isn’t just the High Courts that are set for a busy year, with both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court set to hear a range of cases, involving the likes of the Iranian Ministry of Defence, Secretary of State for the Home Department, Sports Direct and Mastercard. There’s plenty of work to go […]

QC appointments on the rise as 114 take silk

The number of new QCs has increased by five per cent this year, with Fountain Court and Blackstone adding to their roster of silks, as well as two magic circle firms. A total of 114 new QCs were announced today, from 258 applicants, with the percentage of women falling by two following last year’s 28 […]

Metropolitan police

Barrister calls on Hodge Jones & Allen after hospital protest

A Garden Court barrister is launching legal action against the Metropolitan Police after he was arrested at a university hospital protest this week. Franck Magennis was attending a protest at London’s St George’s University hospital when police officers arrested him. He was showing support for security guards at the hospital, who are on strike in […]

Essex Court secures double hire from Matrix

Despite successfully winning Samira Ahmed’s landmark discrimination case today, Matrix Chambers has also lost two of its barristers this week to Essex Court. Alison Macdonald QC and Angeline Welsh have both decamped to join magic circle set Essex Court. This comes just days after Henderson Chambers announced Jason Housden will be joining as its new […]

Essex Court reveals new joint heads of chambers

Following David Foxton QC’s elevation to the High Court, Essex Court has now confirmed its new joint heads of chambers, with Joe Smouha QC and Huw Davies QC set to take over the reins. The pair’s appointment at the magic circle set will come into full effect as of 10 January, as they prepare to […]

Blackstone Chambers gets the go-ahead for major renovation works

Blackstone Chambers has started work on its expansion, as it takes over 1 and 2 Garden Court’s previous offices and will now be neighbours with Fountain Court. The magic circle set has been over capacity for several years, with 28 barristers relocated to space on Essex Street 18 months ago. The new expansion will allow […]

One Essex Court gains two silks from Pump Court Tax Chambers

One Essex Court has snagged two silks from Pump Court Tax Chambers, as the magic circle set expands its tax disputes practice. Julian Ghosh QC and Jonathan Bremner QC have made the move to One Essex after 26 and 13 years respectively at the specialist tax chambers. This brings One Essex Court’s total silk headcount […]

Lord Pannick QC

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 […]

Government

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 […]

Pushpinder Saini

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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