For many years Russell-Cooke has been the leading firm providing advice to barristers chambers. Very little of this work reaches the public domain although we have acted for more than forty sets of Chambers in recent years. Unusually the last week has seen press reports of two matters in which Russell-Cooke has been closely involved.
Under the headline "Barristers on the Move", The Times looked at how barristers are leaving their traditional homes for 21st-century offices. The paper reported that the four historic Inns of Court - Inner Temple, Middle Temple, Lincoln's and Gray's - are facing mounting criticism from barrister tenants for ignoring modern office requirements and potentially pricing themselves out of their traditional core market.
Barrister's sets that have recently relocated include 6 King's Bench Walk who moved from Inner Temple to offices near the City's Cannon Street and QEB Hollis Whiteman who moved into two Queen Anne buildings, also near Cannon Street.
Mark Dennis, QC, of 6KBW College Hill, said: "There is a limited amount you can do with the buildings in the inns because they are all protected." He added: "The inns' rents are not set at a level that we should expect for the standard of accommodation. They are significantly too high. They are much too expensive for what they offer. And I think that is a general concern across many sets. I wouldn't be surprised if we see more sets moving out soon."
Russell-Cooke acted for both sets in the structures and arrangements required to permit their moves.
Russell-Cooke's team advising barristers' is led by Senior Partner, John Gould and includes company commercial specialists David Webster and Scott Leonard.