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Set in stone – testing time for mid-tier sets as elite London sets tighten their grip

The demise of 11 Stone Buildings last summer sparked claims within the Bar that others would face the same fate. As the gap between the haves and have-nots widens, can second-tier sets survive?

‘If you don’t stop gossiping about the collapse of this set, you will make it happen. You’re scaring people. Things are not as bad as they seem.’
A staff member to a junior barrister at 11 Stone Buildings, summer 2015

‘Unfortunately, there’s an incentive to leave before the crash. If people think the set isn’t going to last they’ll start leaving. It’s then that the set starts shredding at the edges. Nobody wants to be left behind.’
Michael Furness QC, co-head of chambers, Wilberforce Chambers