Trio makes sharp exit to Verulam Chambers

A TEAM of three immigration barristers upped stumps and left their chambers for another set on the day they were offered new tenancies.

The three Victoria Quinn, Matthew Sowerby and Sam Themis moved to Verulam Chambers, headed by Michael Edwards QC, from Field Court Chambers earlier this month.

At Verulam Chambers, a general commercial and common law set, they will establish a new immigration practice.

Although the three would not comment on the reasons for their departure, The Lawyer understands that they were unhappy about the clerking arrangements at Field Court Chambers, headed by Melanie Spencer.

Quinn put the reason for the trio's sudden exit from the set down to the fact that there was “a possibility it would become more difficult to stay once we had decided to go”.

Themis would only say that the three wanted to move to a larger chambers where they could expand their practice.

Verulam Chambers barrister Elissa Da Costa described the relatively junior barristers as a dynamic threesome.

She said they were not getting the back-up they needed at their previous chambers.

Field Court Chambers clerk Paul Mellor did not comment.

The abrupt exit of tenants from sets is not rare, as barristers are self-employed. A year ago a team of nine barristers left 22 Old Buildings for One Garden Court over a weekend.