The Bar

Recruiters depart Bar search firm to launch rival agency

A group of recruiters have departed from Chambers recruitment agency ABC Chambers Solutions, leaving the company with two dedicated recruiters. ABC was launched in 2012 by former clerk Bill Conner and is one of the few central recruitment agencies in the market for Chambers staff and barristers, alongside GRL Legal and Chambers People. The Lawyer […]

One Essex Court silks to take hot seat at Post Office Inquiry

Lord Grabiner KC, the former head of One Essex Court (OEC), and colleague Anthony de Garr Robinson KC are set to be quizzed in the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry tomorrow. The two barristers, both long-time legal heavyweights, were instructed by Womble Bond Dickinson to defend the Post Office in the High Court group litigation […]

Louis Flannery KC, Littleton

Mishcon’s arbitration head exits for the Bar

Mishcon de Reya’s head of international arbitration, Louis Flannery KC, is set to move to Littleton Chambers in August 2024. Flannery, who was appointed as a silk in 2018 as one of a few international arbitration solicitor practitioners, joined Mishcon’s partnership in May 2020. At the time of his joining, the practice was led by […]

Brick Court hires experts after potential cyber attack

Brick Court Chambers is the latest in the legal market to investigate a possible cyber breach.  A Brick Court spokesperson said: “We are aware of a potential cyber incident and we are actively working with external cyber specialists to investigate the extent of any data breach. “Chambers remains fully operational and we are taking all […]

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Two silks take the helm in One Essex Court leadership shake-up

One Essex Court has picked two of its silks to succeed Lord Grabiner KC, as he prepares to stand down as head of chambers after three decades. Sonia Tolaney KC and Daniel Toledano KC will succeed Grabiner as joint heads of One Essex Court, The Lawyer can exclusively reveal. It was announced last November that […]

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3 Paper Buildings’ turnover soars by 18 per cent

3 Paper Buildings’ revenue has grown by 17.8 per cent to £35.8m over the past financial year. The national set’s nearly 18 per cent rise over the 2023/24 period from £30.4m swamps its rise of 5 per cent the previous financial year.  The set’s ‘receipts’, or its money received, saw a 14.3 per cent rise from […]

2024’s newest silks: Why we chose a career in law

A solicitor-turned-barrister and the Bar’s newest doctor KC; The Lawyer speaks to six of the Bar’s newest silks. The group was announced as KCs-in-waiting earlier this year, with 95 barristers in total getting the nod. Among the 95 were Crucible Law’s Clea Topolski – who having been called in 2014 – is the most junior of the set. […]

Post Office

Lord Grabiner KC and others set to be quizzed in Post Office inquiry

One Essex Court’s Lord Anthony Grabiner KC and Anthony De Garr Robinson KC, and partners from Womble Bond Dickinson are set to appear this spring as witnesses in the Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry.  Last week (2 February), the inquiry completed Phase 4, which dealt with actions against sub-postmasters and others around policy-making, audits and […]

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Revealed: 95 take silk for second year in a row

The Lord Chancellor has announced 95 new King’s Counsel today, equalling the number appointed in the last cohort.  Before that, the last year in which the number dipped below 100 was in 2014/15, when 93 silks were appointed. This year attracted 283 applicants – four more than last year’s 279. The overall success rate was […]

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MoJ to name 95 new silks on Friday

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will publish a list of those who have made silk on Friday 19 January, confirming that 95 barristers will be made KCs and five will be made Honorary KCs, subject to approval from Buckingham Palace. The number of new silks confirmed by the MoJ indicates the figure will remain flat, […]

John Mehrzad KC

Fountain Court scores sport silk in rare hire

Magic circle set Fountain Court has hired sports silk and member of The Lawyer’s Hot 100, John Mehrzad KC. Upon completion of his pupillage at Cloisters Chambers, Mehrzad moved to Littleton Chambers in 2010. He was made silk in 2020 after 12 years, the fastest appointee in his year. With around four-fifths of his practice […]

Israel Palestine conflict

Garden Court barrister tweets to be assessed by Met counter terrorism unit

The Metropolitan Police and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) have been sent complaints about a barrister who tweeted his support of this month’s attack on Israel, The Lawyer has learnt. Franck Magennis – who was called to the Bar in 2016 and practises in public, civil and criminal defence at Garden Court Chambers – has […]

Simon Davenport KC, 4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court pursues commercial work with KC hire

Simon Davenport KC has left 3 Hare Court Chambers after nearly 23 years in order to join 4 Pump Court. The commercial and chancery silk specialises in commercial disputes, civil fraud, insolvency, international arbitration and professional negligence cases. He frequently works on overseas legal issues including in Russia and CIS countries. Davenport KC was instructed […]

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3 Paper Buildings’ turnover rises 20 per cent since pandemic

3 Paper Buildings’ revenue has grown 5 per cent to hit £31.6m over the past financial year.  The most recent rise means that the national chambers has seen a 20.5 per cent increase in its turnover since before the pandemic, jumping from £26.22m in 2019/20. The set has also gained 20 new tenants since the […]

Film

Success for tax silk as Court of Appeal dismisses negligence claim

The Court of Appeal has today (28 April) dismissed the appeal against Andrew Thornhill KC, the tax silk accused of professional negligence by over 100 investors over advice he provided concerning three similar film finance tax schemes between 2002 and 2004. In a victory for Brick Court and Herbert Smith Freehills, Sir Julian Flaux, Lady […]

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BSB mulls action against barristers refusing to prosecute eco-protestors

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is in the process of deciding whether disciplinary action should be taken against a group of barristers who have signalled their intention to disobey the cab-rank rule. Last week, a group called Lawyers Are Responsible issued a declaration that focused on the need for faster and stronger action for the […]

The first KCs for generations: 95 silks take on their new title

Today marks the first time in 70 years that new silks will be sworn in as King’s Counsel, as 95 prepare for the ceremony at London’s Westminster Hall. The list was revealed at the end of December, with the number of appointments falling for the second year in a row, despite a slight rise in […]

Mat Swallow, Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers appoints new director

Magic circle set Blackstone Chambers has elected Mat Swallow as its new chambers director, after stalwart Julia Hornor announced she will retire in May. Swallow, who has served as deputy chambers director, will take over in the spring following an uncontested vote in late January. He joined the set’s management team 14 years ago and […]

TCC

Silk joins bench after two decades at Keating Chambers

Keating Chambers silk Adam Constable KC is soon to be elevated to the bench as a judge at the Technology and Construction Court (TCC), The Lawyer understands. Constable KC will preside alongside the 10 other judges who hear cases in the TCC, with Mrs Justice O’Farrell in charge. He follows in the steps of Mrs […]

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Radcliffe Chambers raids Five Paper for commercial team

Radcliffe Chambers has swiped a team of four from Five Paper’s commercial practice group, including its commercial team leader Simon Mills. Other members from Five Paper that have made the move include Zachary Kell (year of call: 2015), Matthew Tonnard (year of call: 2015) and Alexander Kingston-Splatt (year of call: 2017). The set has also […]

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KC appointments decline again as 95 take silk

The Lord Chancellor has announced a total of 95 new King’s Counsel, meaning the number of barristers to receive silk status has fallen for the second year in a row. The latest cohort is 5.9 per cent smaller than the 101 barristers promoted in 2021, which at the time marked a 13 per cent dip […]

Dominic Raab

Fountain Court silk to investigate Raab complaints

Fountain Court silk Adam Tolley KC has been appointed to investigate conduct complaints made against the deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Raab MP. The UK Government has tasked Tolley KC to investigate two formal complaints against Raab made on 15 November. These two complaints refer to Raab’s stint as foreign […]

Tom Weisselberg KC and Jane Mulcahy KC

Leadership change for Blackstone Chambers as it elects new bosses

After a decade at the helm, Monica Carss-Frisk KC and Tony Peto KC are standing down as Blackstone’s head of chambers. The pair makes way for Blackstone’s new leaders Tom Weisselberg KC and Jane Mulcahy KC. They have been elected to a five-year term from today. Their predecessors have run Blackstone Chambers since 2012. Weisselberg […]

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MoJ extends olive branch to striking barristers

Update from CBA (13:00pm): Kirsty Brimelow KC, chair of the CBA, has said: “The offer from government has resulted from constructive talks between the MOJ and the leadership of the CBA. “This offer represents substantial positive movement from government. As a result the offer will be put to a ballot.” After months of strike action, criminal […]