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Former Linklaters veteran takes on vacant MoJ role

The former head of Linklaters’ competition practice, Christopher Bellamy, has been named by the UK Government as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice. Bellamy left Linklaters at the end of 2020 and returned to Monckton Chambers as a door tenant. He worked at Monckton between 1970 and 1992, appointed as […]

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RPC, Matrix and 5RB litigators lock horns over future of libel law

Litigators from RPC and Matrix Chambers debated with a 5RB silk over the future of libel law yesterday, in an evidence session before the UK Parliament’s Justice Committee. The one-off hearing was held to investigate potential reform concerning strategic lawsuits against public participation – known in the United States as SLAPPs – something that the […]

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Ex-Jones Day partner moves to the Bar

Twenty Essex Chambers has recruited a former Jones Day partner and head of Russian firm’s Ivanyan & Partners’ now closed London office. International commercial arbitration and public law specialist Baiju Vasani has accepted tenancy at Twenty Essex, which will begin after he completes a BSB transfer qualification. The move comes months after Vasani left Ivanyan […]

Making their mark: the silks of 2022

Asides from developing their practices, another priority for the 101 barristers who made silk this year will be inspiring the next generation of advocate stars. Following on from last week’s interview, we spoke to some of the new QCs about the advice they’d give to those looking for a career at the Bar. Victoria Windle […]

A change in career paths: the silks of 2022

Just over three months since the prestigious list of new silks was announced for 2022, the 101 selected QCs were formally sworn in by Lord Chancellor Dominic Raab MP. At 101, this was the smallest batch of new QCs announced since 2014/2015 when 93 were awarded silk. Compared to the previous year, applications were also […]

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Former Skadden partner set for return to the Bar

A former arbitration partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has joined 3 Paper Buildings (3PB) Barristers as a junior tenant. Patrick Heneghan left the partnership at Skadden in 2015 to assist Sir William Blackburne in his appellate role in relation to complaints concerning the Global Restructuring Group at RBS. He will now join […]

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Chambers face comms shake-up to avoid contempt of court

Chambers across the Inns are considering how to publicise judgments after the Master of the Rolls, Mr Justice Vos, warned embargo-breaks could see sets being held in contempt of court. The Lawyer understands that many are actively tightening up their internal and external communication policies following a stern warning from Mr Justice Vos back in […]

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No5 Barristers Chambers relocates to Savoy Court

Barristers at one of the UK’s largest chambers will be able to hot-desk at No5’s new Savoy office, as its Salisbury Court base faces demolition. No5 Barristers Chambers has signed an extendable seven-and-a-half year lease which from this week will see it occupy over 8,000 sq ft at 7 Savoy Court, an off-Strand office building […]

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4 Pump Court creates new roles in clerking room reshuffle

4 Pump Court has restructured its clerking room to make more time for business development, joining the raft of sets revamping how the commercial Bar is run. The Middle Temple chambers recently introduced the role of practice director, a new layer of management sitting above practice managers. The changes see long-term employee Billy Griffiths and […]

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DWF’s advocacy group to lose commercial head to 2TG

The head of commercial within DWF’s specialist advocacy division is moving to 2 Temple Gardens, The Lawyer can reveal. Barrister Emma Walker is set to join the civil and commercial chambers from 1 January 2022. The move comes around one year after taking up the director role, which positioned her under head of advocacy Stephen […]

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Barrister ‘cancelled’ by Cornerstone over tweets appeals BSB sanction

Former Cornerstone Barristers‘ member Jon Holbrook is set to appear at the Bar’s disciplinary tribunal later this month as he seeks to overturn an administrative sanction. Holbrook found himself at the heart of a social media storm earlier this year after he published a tweet containing the phrase “stroppy teenager of colour”. This led to […]

Quadrant names new head of chambers

Poonam Melwani QC is taking over as the new leader of Quadrant Chambers, as she replaces the outgoing Simon Croall QC with immediate effect. The move to elect Melwani as head of chambers was announced this week, as she takes on the role after Quadrant achieved its best-ever financial year in 2020. Melwani, who has […]


4 New Square granted final injunction in cyber attack litigation

4 New Square has been granted judgment in default in its ransomware dispute, following a cyber attack this summer. After the set’s hacker failed to engage with proceedings, the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court issued a final injunction that prohibits the anonymous defendant from using, publishing or communicating the information obtained from a […]


City firms warn Bar: Get better at stopping cyberhackers if you want our business

Barristers chambers are coming under increasing pressure from law firms to assess their security protocols after a series of cyberattacks on commercial sets. The Lawyer has learned that calls and questionnaires are being directed towards chambers as firms look to reassure clients that enough is being done to protect their sensitive information. This follows breaches […]


Second set of City chambers hit by cyberattack

3VB has become the latest commercial set to be hit by a cyberattack, The Lawyer can reveal, less than a month after 4 New Square was also targeted. It is understood that the breach occurred on Friday, with 3VB subsequently informing many of its clients that the incident has taken place. The set is still […]


Essex Court hits Freshfields for QC hire

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s global head of public international law has left the firm to join Essex Court Chambers. Ben Juratowitch QC is making the move to the Bar after 13 years at the magic circle firm, nine of which were spent as a partner. Based in Freshfields’ Paris office, Juratowitch was called to the Bar […]

4 New Square struck by ransomware attack

One of the City’s leading sets of commercial chambers is reassuring clients after it fell victim to a cybersecurity incident, The Lawyer can reveal. The ransomware attack, which targeted 4 New Square, affected roughly six per cent of the set’s instructing solicitors over the past five years, although its members were able to continue working […]

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Hardwicke Chambers scraps name after discovery of slave links

Hardwicke Chambers has voted to change its name after learning it has links to a pro-slavery lawyer and politician, The Lawyer can reveal. Originally named after 18th century Lord Chancellor Lord Hardwicke, the set will now be operating as Gatehouse Chambers as of next month. The Hardwicke name originates from the Lincoln’s Inn building in […]

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Debevoise lawyer moves back to the Bar

Fountain Court has hired an international counsel from Debevoise & Plimpton, the set’s fourth barrister recruit this year. Robin Lööf is joining the chambers at the end of this month. He has been at Debevoise since 2013, working in its white-collar and regulatory defense group. As such, he advises on anti-corruption matters and other criminal […]