Kings Chambers celebrates growth and announces restructure

Kings Chambers celebrates growth and announces restructure

Leading barristers’ set Kings Chambers has restructured its senior clerking team as it plans for the future and celebrates a year of double-digit growth in income.  

William Brown, who has been with Kings Chambers for 31 years, has taken on the role of Director of Clerking, overseeing the 19 strong clerking team and Gary Smith has been appointed Chief Clerk for Planning and Public Law.

The change comes as Kings Chambers announces a 14 per cent annual increase in income. The set, which operates out of chambers in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, has enjoyed year on year growth for the past 18 years.

Over the past 12 months, Kings Chambers has continued to attract a growing volume of international work.  In recent months, members have taken part in leading global conferences in Dubai and Switzerland and a team is set to attend international property event MIPIM next month.

Nigel Poole QC, Head of Chambers, said: 

“We have enjoyed significant growth in recent years and the time was right to change our clerking structure to reflect this and ensure that we are geared up for future challenges and opportunities. Bill Brown has become our Director of Clerking after three decades as Chief Planning Clerk.  As one of the most experienced and respected barristers’ clerks in the country, he is the perfect person to take on this important new role.”

William Brown, Director of Clerking, said:

“As we continue to grow and add to the areas of civil law in which we offer expert advocacy and advice, it is important that the right management structure is in place. Gary has been instrumental in establishing and growing our Birmingham Chambers which now represents around a quarter of our total turnover.  His new role of Chief Clerk for Planning and Public Law will see him make a real impact on this growing area of expertise.”

Gary Smith, Chief Clerk for Planning and Public Law, said:

“As one of the UK’s leading planning sets, we have earned an unrivalled reputation for providing an excellent service.  We have attracted some of the leading practitioners in the field and have ambitious plans to continue growth in this area.  Our new senior management structure ensures we are well placed to do this.”

Established in Manchester in 1946, Kings Chambers boasts more than one hundred barristers as members including 15 QCs.

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