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St Philips Opens in London


St Philips Chambers opens its London office in Gower Street in the heart of Bloomsbury on 1st October. St Philips London will focus on commercial, employment, regulatory, privately funded crime and family work. The 175-strong set, one of the largest in the UK, will be seeking to recruit specialists to service its growing London client base. 

Facilities at the 2,500 square foot office include multi-media technology, audio-video conferencing, mediation and seminar rooms.  Clive Read, real estate partner of SGH Martineau, advised St Philips during the acquisition of the premises.

St Philips London has two experienced clerks in place, Sam Collins who transferred from St Philips Birmingham and Chris Young previously of Crown Office Chambers.  Both are supported by the 50-strong central clerking and support team in Birmingham led by chief clerk Joe Wilson. Kevin Hegarty QC, head of chambers, said; “Our reputation as a national and international set, combined with the need to be closer to our London client base, dictated that time had come to have a permanent presence in the capital. This development is part of our strategic plan to offer an exceptional team of barristers who will be the client’s first choice wherever they are in the world. Clients in the Midlands and London have already responded positively to our plans.”

Within six months St Philips will also formalise its planned merger with alliance partner Chancery House Chambers in Leeds and move into new state-of-the-art city centre premises.

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