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Exchange Chambers has continued its expansion by launching a new Chambers in Leeds.
The multi-disciplinary Set, currently based in Liverpool and Manchester, has taken 6,000 sq ft at Oxford House, Oxford Row in Leeds city centre.
With over 120 Barristers, 16 of whom are Queen's Counsel, Exchange Chambers is a dynamic Set of barristers’ chambers. Jointly headed by Bill Braithwaite QC and David Turner QC, it has a progressive reputation and tremendous strength in depth across all disciplines.
Commenting on the decision to open in Leeds, Director of Chambers Tom Handley said:
“Expanding into Leeds is an exciting development for Chambers. It gives us a presence in the North’s three major legal centres and creates a real powerhouse of a Set.”
“The welcome we have received from solicitors has been very positive. We share a common aim in making Leeds’ legal scene as strong as possible.
“Our message to local solicitors is a simple one - there is no need for work to go to London when the regional Bar is so strong and can provide such an outstanding service.”
For the 2009 / 2010 financial year, Exchange Chambers achieved record turnover of £21.7 million - with all practice areas and departments performing strongly. The Set’s criminal, civil and commercial departments all exceeded budget, with income from criminal work up by 27% on the year before.
Exchange Chambers also has a successful track record for expansion.
Originally a Liverpool Set, Exchange Chambers opened in Manchester in 2002. Eight years later, the Manchester Chambers has over 60 barristers and a turnover in excess of £10 million.
“We are aiming for similar growth in Leeds,” says Tom.
“Experience tells us that if we attract outstanding barristers and provide an outstanding service, the work will follow.
“We have a very progressive approach and support all our barristers by employing the very best clerks, investing in the latest technology and supporting their practices in every way possible.
“This is what we will be doing in Leeds - and we can’t wait to get started.”
Said joint head of Chambers, Bill Braithwaite QC:
"Our Leeds Chambers has huge potential and we are looking to attract outstanding barristers across all practice areas straight away.
"We will also be working closely with local solicitors to provide them with the very best seminars, training opportunities and value added services."