Exchange Chambers’ commercial department targets further growth and development

June 18, 2021

Exchange Chambers has announced a 5-year plan to further develop its commercial department and strengthen its position as one of the Bar’s premier commercial litigation sets outside London.

Outlining Exchange’s ambitions for its commercial team, department head Giles Maynard-Connor QC pointed to “positive, progressive development”.

“Our five-year plan focuses on a number of key areas and is headlined by our drive to become a clear market leader for commercial litigation outside London,” said Giles.

“We are actively seeking to grow the department by recruiting outstanding barristers across all commercial disciplines.

“At the same time, we are focused internally on supporting our members, at all levels of call, in achieving their professional goals.

“Over the next five years, I’m confident we can significantly increase our number of commercial silks – both men and women,” added Giles.

In recent years, Exchange has welcomed a number of former solicitors who have transferred to the Bar from private practice.  The Set has also attracted a number of new members who have relocated from London.

“I believe this trend will remain,” continued Giles.  “The regional Bar is stronger than it’s ever been.  The very best barristers are now looking beyond London.  With the continued development of the Business and Property Courts no case is too big for the regions.  We now have a suitable home for the most complex and valuable litigation both domestic and international.”

Giles says equality, diversity and inclusion is “absolutely massive” for Exchange.

He continued:

“There is still so much more work to be done to enable women to thrive at the Bar.

“We are also positively looking to improve and increase black, Asian and ethnically diverse representation within the department.

“Right across Chambers, we are making giant strides through a wide range of equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives.”

Exchange Chambers is building its 44-strong commercial team on very sound foundations.

The Set’s barristers are widely ranked in the top tiers of the legal directories, while the department as a whole is praised for its “strong bench of senior and junior barristers”, “excellent barristers”, “knowledgeable clerks” and “can-do attitude” in securing Tier 1 rankings in Chambers UK and The Legal 500.

“Chambers has outstanding commercial practitioners and exceptional clerks in Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester,” concluded Giles.  “In areas such as commercial litigation, insolvency, property and professional negligence, our members are leaders in their field.  Now is the time to build on our success by looking to the future and driving the department forward.”

Jonathan I’Anson, Chief Executive at Exchange Chambers, echoed Giles’ comments.

“Our commercial department has a wide range of specialist counsel and strength in depth across the board,” said Jonathan.  “By continuing to attract outstanding barristers and high-quality instructions, we are committed to strengthening our position as a market leader in the North.”

Exchange Chambers is currently inviting applications from outstanding commercial barristers across all levels of seniority. A move to Exchange Chambers could transform your practice.

To apply, or for further information, please contact Jonathan I’Anson (Chief Executive) in the strictest confidence.