Arden Chambers in London has been subsumed into 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, the latter chambers has announced – a move it said is a sign of its ‘ambitious recruitment policy’.
The 26 members of Bloomsbury Square-based Arden, save for its founder Andrew Arden QC, have joined Gray’s Inn, effective today. The Gazette understands the move was open to all members of the chambers but that Arden declined to take it up.
The chambers was known for its specialising in housing law as well as administrative and public law. Two of its high-profile members, Clare Cullen and Alexander Campbell departed the chambers earlier this year.
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As a combined set, the chambers – which will retain the 4-5 Gray’s Inn name - will have six silks and 50 juniors. Tim Straker QC and Satinder Hunjan QC will remain joint heads of chambers.
Straker QC said: ’We are absolutely delighted to welcome our new members, who bring strong and complementary reputations in their respective fields to enhance our existing practice base.’
Andrew Dymond, Arden’s former head of chambers, said: ’We are looking forward to enjoying the benefits of being co-located with a much wider pool of practitioners, together with a strong and highly focused professional support team.’