TWO of the North West’s most well established barristers’ chambers have united to form Linenhall Chambers, based in the heart of Chester.
The new set has more than 80 practitioners, including a number of leading Silks, who between them work across top level crime, civil, family and regulatory law – throughout the UK.
The origins of Linenhall Chambers date back more than 60 years with the formation of two barristers’ sets in Chester. Number 1 Stanley Place was founded in 1950 by Lord Hooson QC. At a similar time, Nicholas Street Chambers was formed, originally located at 40 King Street, before moving to Nicholas Street in 1998.
Over the years, both sets developed an excellent reputation and during that time have produced a number of eminent judges and Queen's Counsel, including the most recent appointment of the former member of 1 Stanley Place Chambers, The Honourable Mr Justice Robin Spencer Kt, as a judge of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court.
Linenhall Chambers provides an advocacy and advisory service not only in crime, family and civil but also planning, licensing, personal injury, employment law, civil actions against the police, trading standards.
Head of chambers, Anthony O’Toole, said: “We are delighted with the formation of Linenhall Chambers to have brought together two sets with such a strong and distinguished history as 1 Stanley Place and Nicholas Street. Over the years both chambers have maintained a great tradition of producing the highest calibre of legal counsel and, by joining together to form a set of such size and experience, we are looking forward to what is both an exciting and challenging time for the Bar .”