Exchange hits 200 barristers mark

A legal chambers based in Liverpool says it now has 200 barristers on its books after two lawyers completed their pupillage. Tony McDonough reports

Emily Hassell
Emily Hassell is a barrister at Exchange Chambers

 

Exchange Chambers in Liverpool says it now has 200 barristers on its books across the Northern and North Eastern circuits after two more lawyers completed their pupillage.

In Liverpool, Caitlin Edwards completed her common law pupillage under the supervision of Chris Allen, while in Leeds, Emily Hassell completed her criminal pupillage under the supervision of Stephen Grattage.

With its head office in Liverpool, Exchange Chambers has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years. Chief executive, Jonathan I’Anson said: “Reaching 200 members is a significant milestone for Chambers.  It reinforces our position as one of the largest and most well-resourced sets in England and Wales.

“Our expansion strategy is based on attracting the highest quality work and the highest quality barristers. This is fuelling our growth and attracting applications from barristers throughout the country.

“We are also committed to investing in the next generation of legal talent, with our pupillage academy taking on six pupils every year and acting as a centre of excellence for aspiring barristers.”

Mr I’Anson took over as Exchange Chambers’ chief executive as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in early 2020. He added: “From the very beginning we were determined to stay on the front foot in terms of growth, recruitment, client service and business development. That has paid dividends and we are now in a stronger position than ever.

“As the Bar continues to evolve, we are well placed to realise our ambitions as a multi-disciplinary super-set. We are continuing to recruit across all practice areas and locations.”

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