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Michael Mansfield QC joins Nexus Chambers following mass exodus at old set

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Exclusive: Top silk follows tenants out the door

Michael Mansfield QC has become Nexus Chambers’ new head honcho just weeks after a 20-strong group of barristers left his old set.

Until recently, the popular silk — who has acted for the likes of the Birmingham Six and Stephen Lawrence’s family — was head of Mansfield 1 Gray’s Inn Square (1GIS). Less than a year old, the multi-disciplinary set was the result of a Christmas time tie-up between 1 Gray’s Inn Square and Mansfield Chambers.

However, just last month Legal Cheek revealed that 20 1GIS barristers had packed up their wigs and gowns and joined Goldsmith Chambers. The group officially began their tenancies at the Temple-based set last week. 1GIS didn’t respond to our requests for comment at the time.

Several weeks on, Mansfield has now popped up as the new head of Nexus Chambers. A spokesperson for Nexus has told Legal Cheek that Mansfield resigned from 1GIS at the beginning of August. He is joined at Nexus — now called ‘Nexus the chambers of Michael Mansfield QC’ — by ex-1GIS advocates Sam Stein QC, Brian Richardson and Andrew Jefferies QC. These three barristers and Mansfield remain listed on 1GIS’s website.  

Commenting on the move, Mansfield said he felt like he was “returning home”. He said:

I am excited to be leading a chambers which, whilst forward looking and embracing the challenges that are facing the bar today, retains all that is good in a set of chambers, a passion for the law, an emphasis on democratic collective working, a real commitment to diversity, social justice and human rights. It indeed feels like I am returning home.

Mansfield, who took silk in 1989 and was elected as a bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2007, hasn’t had the smoothest of runs as a chambers boss.

In 2015, we brought you the news that half of the tenants (14 out of 28) at 1GIS’ legacy set, Mansfield Chambers, had upped sticks and left. The lion’s share, including ‘sexism row’ barrister Charlotte Proudman, opted to join Goldsmith. In 2013, Tooks Chambers — again headed up by Mansfield — confirmed it was closing its doors citing “devastating” cuts to legal aid funding.

1GIS did not respond to Legal Cheek’s request for comment.

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13 Comments

Anonymous

I’d recommend his book, quite a good read.

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Anonymous

I gave mine to the charity shop, no joke.

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Anonymous

Easier for barristers to move when they have a following than it is for solicitors.

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Anonymous

My understanding (from a Linkedin post of a member at 1GIS) is that 1GIS dissolved 6 days ago.

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disinterested bystander

Is he not the common factor in the failing of 3 sets now? Tooks, Mansfield & 1GIS….

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Anonymous

Yes, the inverse Midas Touch…(Mansfield Touch?)

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Anonymous

Violet Jessop was on both the Titanic and the Britannic when they sank, ergo she must have been responsible for both sinkings, non?

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LL and P

If she was the captain on both ships then yeah I would start to get a bit suspicious tbh.

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Anonymous

OK, I concede.

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Norbert

What???? What???????

You concede??????

This is Legal Cheek, where you’re supposed to argue your point until you’re blue in the face, then resort to childish insults and/or abuse!!!

You need to learn the rules here, young man/lady/thing

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Anonymous

*ahem* Proudman *ahem*

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Anonymous

He’s a bloody twat.

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Anonymous

The three barristers are also still listed on the Mansfield Chambers website, despite the fact that chambers hasn’t existed for some years.

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