Mass exodus at Mansfield 1 Gray’s Inn Square as 20 barristers join Goldsmith Chambers

Exclusive: Just eight months after merger deal

Twenty Mansfield 1 Gray’s Inn Square (Mansfield 1GIS) barristers have made a dramatic collective journey across legal London to Goldsmith Chambers.

The barristers have call dates ranging between 1979 and 2014, and will officially join the Temple-based multi-disciplinary set as tenants on 1 September. Goldsmith said that it looked forward to welcoming the new recruits and that they will “make a strong and positive contribution” to chambers life.

Legal Cheek can reveal that with 20 lawyers waving bye-bye to Mansfield 1GIS for Goldsmith, just 18 non-silks appear to be staying put. That’s 47%, meaning more than half of its junior talent are Goldsmith bound. All 38 barristers remain listed on 1GIS’s website, for now.

The mass exodus comes just eight months after 1 Gray’s Inn Square and Mansfield Chambers combined to create Mansfield 1GIS. Legal Cheek reported at the time that celebrated silk Michael Mansfield QC — who has acted for the likes of the Birmingham Six and Stephen Lawrence’s family — would lead the new venture.

It’s been a tough run for the legendary Mansfield as a chambers boss.

In November 2015, we revealed that half (14 out of 28) of the tenants of Mansfield 1GIS legacy set Mansfield Chambers had packed up and left. The vast majority, including ‘sexism row’ barrister Charlotte Proudman, opted to join Goldsmith, in a forerunner to these latest departures. In 2013, following months of speculation, Tooks Chambers — again headed up by Mansfield — announced it was winding up its operations. A statement at the time cited changes to “government policies and legal aid” for its dissolution.

Mansfield 1GIS did not respond to Legal Cheek’s requests for comment, while Goldsmith Chambers declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding its new arrivals.

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Well informed

This is only half the story.

Mansfield QC himself has resigned. As have the rest of the Mansfield group who came with him.

Trouble in paradise is an understatement. The set is finished.

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Finger My Ass Combie

I have learned to hate all traitors, and there is no disease that I spit on more than treachery. I worked hard to save this set and all I got in return was a finger sandwich and finger in the backside.

Some times the truth has to be guarded by a battalion of lies.

I am glad Goldsh*t are taking all our deadbeat,dud and defeated barristers. Wish them well, The two real stars of the immigration team staying put at GIS!

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Jerking Joe

The two barristers you are referring to are no stars. They are nothing but egotistical, egomaniacal and egocentrical self promoters with allusions of grandeur. Everyone knows who the real star is of the immigration team and he is not at GIS.
As for Finger My Ass Combie, he is nothing more than a jumped up bean accountant whose figures are as well rounded as his belly!

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Anonymous

a real shame, 1GIS seemed to be moving forward under Matt’s leadership, then he left with a team of barristers for Paper Buildings and since then its all looked a bit sad. Not even Michael Mansfield’s reputation could rescue it, it has never been anywhere near a “new” Tooks. Still some decent people there though and I wish them the best of luck, its an old set with a lot of history so hopefully it can pull through.

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Anonymous

Aspiring trainees and pupils take note: whatever the rivalries and hatreds at law firms, they are nothing to what happens when members of chambers fall out.

Mind, you have to balance that against the far better working and social life that barristers have when they’re not at each other’s throats.

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Guileless Gay Guy

Well said Jerking Joe, my esteemed leader, my czar and my beloved Caesar. You lead, I follow. you are the Shepherd,I am the sheep. You jerk, I quake!

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The Mansfield Raj

It seems as if Goldsh*t chambers is willing to take on a group of failed barristers.None of these barristers have a single reported immigration case, the closest they ever got to the High Court was taking selfie with their pathetic smile outside the Janitors room.

I stand with my mentor Michael Mansfield QC and will remain with him to the end.Just like the British Raj, the sun shall never set on the Mansfield Raj.

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Day of Reckoning

Apparently there were financial problems due to historic non-payment of commission on aged debt from leavers and a criminal investigation is being contemplated. Some leavers are alleged to have avoided commission on 6 figure sums.

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Genital G*les

Goldsmith have very nice finger sandwiches, I am tucking in, let you guys jerk and quake and reminisce about the Birtish Raj. We are all Proudmen here!

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Gay Guy Fawker

Forget not, forget not!
The fifteenth of August,
The Goldsmith treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Goldsmith treason
Should ever be forgot!
Gay Guy Fawker and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To destroy Mansfield and One Grays Inn
All up alive.

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Outraged

As a former member of this once great set, I for one would welcome a criminal investigation into those commission dodgers of old. It is sad that it takes the collapse of chambers for action to finally be taken.

‘Shenfield Rainmaker’, you can run but you cannot hide!

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Big Wildish Wolf

The chambers was doomed for failure. It was full of little ripe and rotund piggies in a chamber that was built with straws. I enticed and ensnared some of the little greedy,grubby and docile piggies out. I left my porkie Mr Whymper (Yes, I have read Animal Farm!) perched and squatted on the levers of chambers finance to keep the rest of the piggies in line.
Then I huffed and puffed and blew the chambers down!

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The master fisherman

I’m persoanlly hurt by these comments after all i did for one of the oldest sets at the bar-someone had to drain the swamp. By the way sir we would be happy to have you Mr Shenfield Rainmaker at my gaff anytime

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Regaine Rif Raf

What’s the difference between the big bad wolf, an orphan, a prince, and Baldsmith Rifraf?

A big bad wolf has a hairy parent, an orphan has nary a parent, a prince is an heir apparent, and Baldsmith Rifraf has no hair apparent.
Time to rub in my regaine! everyone relax and keep your hair on and no need for insults!

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Well informed x 3

Distressed to hear that the 20 Mansfield leavers left the 3rd six pupil behind but happy to take others who have already sullied reputations to Goldsmith

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Anonymous

Well, I was wrong! My prediction was that this would take as long as 12 months.

It is a sad tale. 1GIS was salvageable without Mansfield and his band of brothers. It had an alternative head; people of substance prepared to back it financially; a great brand and a strong staff team with an inspirational senior clerk. Its destruction is to be laid squarely at the door of those who invited Mansfield in so that in the shadow of his giant ego they could continue to “manage” (if it could possibly be called that!)

Where will the poisonous geriatric blob pitch up next with his unique brand of, er… failure?

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1hlb

Very surprised at the negative comments regarding the 20 practitioners joining Goldsmith. Do you think that decision was made lightly? The drip feed of members leaving chambers in the last few months appears to have resulted in the remaining members being unable to keep chambers financially afloat. Perhaps most chambers need to do a financial stress test to ascertain what is the appropriate level of debt they should be carrying?

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Charlie the Orifice Oracle

1 Grays Inn fate was sealed soon as its best barristers and it’s senior clerk who had built up the set left and went to 3 Paper Buildings.
However,Goldsmith can now rightly claim to be the most “sexy” chambers at the bar. Among its members it has David Giles who was found guilty by the BSB for conducting an inappropriate conduct with his pupil and Charlotte Proudman who complained because she was complimented for her good looks. Expect fireworks, when the master seducer Mr Ding Dong Giles meets the beauty queen Ms Purr Purr Proudman !

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grammar pedant

*its senior clerk
choose between: “conducting an inappropriate relationship” or “inappropriate conduct”
No need for comma after fireworks

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The British Raj

That is because your mentor is not the Honourable Michael Mansfied QC. I have made it, because he has knighted me to the British Raj and anointed me to be his successor. I have made it from the streets of Slough to the courtrooms of the strand. The treacherous Goldsmith traitors were high street whereas I am High court. Long Live Mansfield QC, long live the British Raj! Long live immigration!

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Wolf's Lackey

I try and support my master any way i can and with that in mind have sought out the bean counter from my old set. He is deeply misunderstood and extremely good with figures and is as good as gold about finger sandwiches – i should know! He has done a top job at Mansfield hence why he often received a round of applause when setting out the financial position. He is the spreadsheet king- every chambers should have one and we can’t wait to invite him down to our temple lair once i have knocked out the last few objectors

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Maddog

Wolf’s Lackey, you should be careful to so readily reveal your allegiances.

Look at me, no one knows where my loyalties lie. The trick is to fence sit as long as possible. Change your support from one conversation to another. Keep people on their toes. Then when it all goes wrong, you can say you were on the side of right all along!

I have been successfully deploying this strategy for years.

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Treacherous bean counter

Ringster can run from HMRC and the BSB but he can’t hide from guileless guy, jerkin joe and the dirty Fred fresh crew. His mocking of finger fudge Combie is outrageous and there will be a cost to pay – upfront and in cash.

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The queen of 3PB

Wolf will sort you out Mansfield raj
All he needs is a complicit bean counter
A bunch of lackeys
A shenfield rainmaker, and a bunch of tanfield rejects
And a cheaky overdraft
Combie may be good at figures
But wolf takes tender care of my career

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funky fingerus Buddha

I have summoned the Shepherd in Charge of celestial church of to hold a vigil and pray at 1 Gray’s Inn Square, please join us.

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Anonymous

There will be an EGM in Chambers at 5pm on Tuesday 22 August 2017 to discuss Dissolution. Everyone is invited to attend. All members and former members are invited to attend.

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Anonymous

I wish I could go. Will always be grateful to 1GIS, Jonathan Goodman and so many kind, generous people who gave me a chance. Tomorrow will be a very sad day.

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baby batter gurgler guy

I would say to you all, as I said to those who will join us on 22 August: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and baby batter.
We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering and gurgling. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air and through the back door, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny of clerks and bean accountant, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human deception. This is our policy. You ask, what is our aim?

I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the gurgles may be, for without victory, there is no survival.

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RIZ TON CHURCHILL

My fellow ex-colleagues
I understand that I may have a few enemies
Good
That means I have stood up for something in my life
Shall be thinking of you all tomorrow
As the great Del boy once said-Santé !
The cheque is in the post

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