Exchange Chambers outlines Northern Powerhouse strategy at AGM

May 18, 2017

Exchange Chambers hosted its AGM this weekend, outlining its “Northern powerhouse” business strategy.

The Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester-based Chambers recorded record turnover of £28.7 million for the 2016 / 2017 financial year – a rise of 12% on last year’s £25.7 million.  The set also increased its membership to 165 barristers, including 17 silks.

Exchange Chambers remains on course to increase membership to more than 200 barristers within the next three years, with its growth focused on the Northern and North Eastern Circuits.  The Set has recently taken on 30% more space in Leeds to facilitate its expansion while members’ contributions will remain at the same level, around 12%, for the sixteenth year in succession.

Said Director of Chambers, Tom Handley:

“It has been an excellent twelve months for Chambers with all our departments performing strongly and contributing to double digit growth. Our expansion strategy is based on attracting the highest quality work and the highest quality barristers.”

Over the course of the year, Exchange Chambers continued its pro-bono alliance with The National Autistic Society’s Education Rights Service.  A team of 30 barristers offer legal support to families with autistic children by providing free representation before the Special Educational Needs Tribunal.  Exchange Chambers recently marked the fifth anniversary of its partnership with the National Autistic Society by collecting the Outstanding Family Support accolade at the Autism Professional Awards.

Exchange Chambers also continued to support official charity, The Joshua Tree through a range of fundraising initiatives.