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Law firm launches in-house chambers

12th Oct 2014

Cartwright King, a national law firm, has created what it is terming the first ‘in-house’ barristers chambers.

Hoping to ‘reshape the future of Crown Court representation’, the chambers will have its own dedicated chief clerk and head of chambers, with responsibility for further barristers. Cartwright King has stated that they will ‘rival any established chambers within the legal profession’.

According to Rupert Hawke, managing director of Cartwright King, the chambers will be made up of a mixture of both barristers, who have been recruited from the independent bar, and higher court advocates (HCAs), who are part of the firm, not self-employed.

Other solicitors firms will be able to instruct the chambers, working alongside the barristers and HCAs, which Cartwright King states is the first arrangement of this kind in the country.

‘Constant monitoring of performance’ will guarantee quality for clients, ensuring they are receiving a service associated with a ‘top tier law firm’. Hawke believes that such an environment allows easier access and communication between lawyers which will benefit clients, because Cartwright King’s counsel will have early involvement in cases which will better prepare them for cases and provide continuity.

Billy Harris will take on the role of chief clerk, responsible for the company’s 20 barristers, while HCA Alwyn Jones will be head of chambers. Harris has over 30 years’ worth of experience clerking in London, while Jones has appeared in the criminal courts for the last three decades.

Hawke finally notes that Cartwright King is ‘leading the way’ in the changes in crown court representation, and that a sure sign of the quality of the new chambers is that the firm has already received instructions from other solicitors.

Cartwright King currently employs 160 experts across 12 different areas of law. They have eight locations throughout the UK, and promise a ‘value-for-money’ service is at the heart of their organisation.