4-5 Gray’s Inn Square welcomes 26 members of Arden Chambers
Move is ‘first step’ towards rebuilding set’s rich heritage at the Bar
Leading public and commercial law chambers 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is takes 26 members from the housing, local government and property specialist set Arden Chambers.
4-5 Gray’s Inn Square will now comprise 6 silks and 50 juniors, all of whom will be accommodated at its traditional home in the north west corner of Gray’s Inn Square.
Tim Straker QC and Satinder Hunjan QC will remain Joint Heads of Chambers.
Commenting on the move, Tim Straker QC said:
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome our new members, who bring strong and complementary reputations in their respective fields to enhance our existing practice base.
“4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has a rich heritage at the Bar, having hosted many of its most publicly recognisable names, including George Carman QC and Michael Beloff QC.
Chambers recognises that it needs to build a strong platform for the future, and this move is the first step on that journey. It also presages our determination to pursue an ambitious recruitment strategy.”
He went on:
“Today’s announcement consolidates our pre-eminence in local government, housing, planning and property, as well as in wider public law, including electoral law, at a time of increased scrutiny and challenge in these fields.”
Satinder Hunjan QC added:
“Together, we will be better placed to provide valuable support to our clients and colleagues, and I look forward to playing my part in assisting chambers leverage the benefits of this new combination.
“Chambers has a strong international arbitration group, a specialist mediation team, significant commercial experience, and an acknowledged track record in sports law, all of which will be key parts of our push for growth.”
Andrew Dymond, formerly Head of Chambers at Arden, said:
“We’ve moved in and we have been made immediately very welcome. We are looking forward to enjoying the benefits of being co-located with a much wider pool of practitioners, together with a strong and highly focused professional support team.”
Vicky Thompson, Chief Executive of the combined set said:
“We have restructured Chambers leadership, renewed our clerking and support teams and remodeled the Chambers environment, this move marks a wonderful new beginning for 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. I am very proud of Chambers in their commitment to such a robust strategic overhaul.”
History of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square
Chambers was founded over 100 years ago and was originally based at 3 Temple Gardens. In the 1940s and 1950s its Heads of Chambers included Erskine Simes KC and Charles Scholefield QC. In 1966, headed by Douglas Frank QC, it became first set to move north to Gray’s Inn, when it became known as Gray’s Inn Chambers.
In February 1986, Chambers moved to the current premises at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. The set was then headed by the commercial silk Richard Yorke QC, who established Chambers’ reputation in banking, commercial and regulatory law.
In the 1980s, Chambers developed its reputation as a leading public law set. Former members include Lord Justice Schiemann (who was subsequently appointed to the European Court of Justice), Lord Justice Moses (who became to first Chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation), Lord Justice Keene, Lord Justice Sullivan, Lord Justice Singh, Lord Justice Bean, Mr Justice Collins, Mr Justice Ouseley, Mr Justice Lewis, Mr Justice Kerr, George Carman QC, Michael Beloff QC, Elizabeth Appleby QC and Cherie Booth QC.
Chambers maintains powerful links with the academic world, via International and Associated Tenants such as Professor Sir G H Treitel QC. 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is now headed by Timothy Straker QC and Satinder Hunjan QC, and continues to be at the forefront of legal services, both in the UK and worldwide.
Vicky Thompson, Chief Executive, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square 0207 404 5252
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