White & Case duo among four solicitors made up in reduced 2018 silk round

White & Case duo among four solicitors made up in reduced 2018 silk round

White & Case arbitration partners Dipen Sabharwal (pictured) and Aloke Ray make up half of the solicitor-advocates taking silk in this year’s Queen’s Counsel (QC) appointments, with 108 making the cut overall.

Completing the all-male group of solicitor-advocates taking silk were Allen & Overy partner Mark Levy and Stephen Fietta, founder of disputes boutique Fietta. Continue reading “White & Case duo among four solicitors made up in reduced 2018 silk round”

Bar Council seeks further PC fee hike as new figures uncover the millionaire barristers

Bar Council seeks further PC fee hike as new figures uncover the millionaire barristers

In a move unlikely to inspire mirth from Middle Temple, the Bar Council is seeking to establish new top-tier pay grades for the practising certificate fee (PCF).

As set out in a recent consultation, the Bar Council wants to introduce two new payment bands: Band 7 and Band 8, for high-earning barristers. Continue reading “Bar Council seeks further PC fee hike as new figures uncover the millionaire barristers”

Embattled barristers sets Arden Chambers and 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square to merge

Embattled barristers sets Arden Chambers and 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square to merge

After sharing a turbulent recent history of departures, barristers chambers 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is merging with housing and local government specialist Arden Chambers.

Arden denied the merger following questions from Legal Business earlier today (21 September), before publishing a statement a few hours later confirming the merger from 1 October. The new set will initially be known as 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square incorporating Arden Chambers. Continue reading “Embattled barristers sets Arden Chambers and 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square to merge”

Latham and SH cheer as latest silk round bountiful for Red Lion and Garden Court

Latham and SH cheer as latest silk round bountiful for Red Lion and Garden Court

Arbitrators dominate solicitor appointments amid creation of 119 new silks as Latham does double

Red Lion Chambers and Garden Court Chambers saw six and five of their respective barristers take silk in this year’s QC appointments round, while the number of successful solicitors becoming QCs dipped from last year. Continue reading “Latham and SH cheer as latest silk round bountiful for Red Lion and Garden Court”

Bar moves: Four-strong banking team joins Quadrant from 2 Temple Gardens

Bar moves: Four-strong banking team joins Quadrant from 2 Temple Gardens

Commercial set Quadrant Chambers has secured a major team addition with the arrival of four banking barristers from 2 Temple Gardens (2TG).

Leading the team making the switch is Paul Downes QC, a seasoned commercial litigator ranked across four areas in the Legal 500: banking and finance, commercial litigation, financial services and civil fraud. In commercial litigation, Downes QC is described as ‘a strong cross-examiner, who makes mincemeat of witnesses’. Continue reading “Bar moves: Four-strong banking team joins Quadrant from 2 Temple Gardens”

Disputes eye: How the talent flow demonstrates the Bar’s strength

Disputes eye: How the talent flow demonstrates the Bar’s strength

Speaking to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer disputes veteran Jon Lawrence this summer on his decision to join Brick Court Chambers, he said he was not ready for the golf course just yet.

But there has been a wave of Freshfields heavyweights of Lawrence’s vintage who have made a similar move, notably former managing partner Ian Terry, who went to One Essex Court and Raj Parker, who went to Matrix Chambers in 2016. Continue reading “Disputes eye: How the talent flow demonstrates the Bar’s strength”

Disputes eye: How the talent flow demonstrates the Bar’s strength

Disputes eye: How the talent flow demonstrates the Bar’s strength

Speaking to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer disputes veteran Jon Lawrence this summer on his decision to join Brick Court Chambers, he said he was not ready for the golf course just yet.

But there has been a wave of Freshfields heavyweights of Lawrence’s vintage who have made a similar move, notably former managing partner Ian Terry, who went to One Essex Court and Raj Parker, who went to Matrix Chambers in 2016. Continue reading “Disputes eye: How the talent flow demonstrates the Bar’s strength”

A retrograde step as Bar Council ends nursery scheme after four years

A retrograde step as Bar Council ends nursery scheme after four years

Despite launching in 2013 after a six-year campaign effort to support working parents, the Bar Council has this week discontinued its Bar nursery service.

The facility was launched in April 2013 in conjunction with Smithfield House Children’s Nursery, and was open 7am to 7pm five days a week, available to children aged between eight weeks and five years. It offered special rates to members of the Bar, chambers staff and Bar Council employees. Continue reading “A retrograde step as Bar Council ends nursery scheme after four years”

Bar watchdog issues public apology to silk over Djibouti allegations

Bar watchdog issues public apology to silk over Djibouti allegations

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today (19 September) issued a highly unusual apology to Serle Court’s Khawar Qureshi QC after the senior barrister was subjected to a year-long investigation over unfounded misconduct allegations.

The matter turned on Qureshi’s representation of East African republic Djibouti in a high-profile civil fraud case between the state and the businessman Abdourahman Boreh. In April 2015 another barrister involved in the proceedings made three allegations that the silk had misled High Court judge Justice Flaux.

Continue reading “Bar watchdog issues public apology to silk over Djibouti allegations”