Members of 4 –5 Gray’s Inn Square to Join Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers

28 Nov, 2012

Twenty four members of 4 – 5 Gray’s Inn Square, including 7 QCs, are to join Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers, it was announced today.


This powerful union will take the number of barristers at Thirty Nine Essex Street to 118 with 37 QC’s. It will deepen Thirty Nine Essex Street’s existing strength in core areas such as public and administrative law, environmental and planning law, common law, commercial and regulatory law, as well as its other areas. This dynamic amalgamation and consolidation of expertise will create one of the UK’s largest multi-disciplinary specialist sets.


The set will also now have 16 members who sit on the Attorney General’s Panel, including 3 on the A Panel.


Thirty Nine Essex Street’s Chief Executive and Director of Clerking, David Barnes (pictured), says: “Enlarging our operations and bringing together this group of barristers, who have phenomenal experience and reputation in core areas of chambers, means that Thirty Nine Essex Street can offer clients an unrivalled service across one of the widest legal practice portfolios in the country. This union, along with the launch of a new office in Singapore, is part of an ongoing strategy of growth for Thirty Nine Essex Street. It is an extremely exciting time for Chambers.”


The consolidation with the new members is the culmination of a hugely successful year both for Thirty Nine Essex Street and the members of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Thirty Nine Essex Street was recently awarded ‘Chambers of the Year’ at the British Legal Awards 2012 and Robert Jay QC, Joint Head of Chambers, was named ‘Barrister of the Year’ at The Lawyer Awards 2012.


At the Chambers Bar Awards in October, the set picked up an array of awards both for individuals and practice areas. Two of the members of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square who will be joining Thirty Nine Essex Street were also successful, with Hodge Malek QC named Professional Discipline Silk of the Year and Peter Village QC named Planning and Environment Silk of the Year. In addition, Lord John Dyson, a former Head of Chambers at Thirty Nine Essex Street, was appointed Master of the Rolls on 1st October this year.


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