The Legal Cheek View
Kings Chambers was founded in Manchester in 1946, and for 50 years operated as a full service chambers. However, in 1996 the set stopped doing criminal, family and — for the most part — publicly funded work, to focus exclusively on civil law.
With offices in Leeds (which opened in 1996) and Birmingham (2012), Kings has grown to become one of just a handful of chambers with more than 100 barristers. Meanwhile turnover has soared. Between 2010 and 2018 it expanded by a whopping 75% from £20 million to £35 million.
Instructions flow in across the full range of civil practice areas, including commercial, construction, insolvency, employment, planning, public law, sport and clinical negligence.
Whether it’s Kings’ insolvency specialist Eleanor Temple discussing the Bank of England’s latest decision on interest rates on the News at Ten, Mark Harper QC representing sporting icons such as Wayne Rooney and Sir Bradley Wiggins against their agents, or Paul Tucker QC winning an appeal for a construction client to build an apartment block in one of the most sensitive locations in West London, the set is consistently doing interesting things.
What The Junior Barristers Say
Kings Chambers’ junior barrister Nicholas Truelove was handed his first big case — a multi-track clinical negligence trial — when just out of pupillage.
“I did a number of fast-track clinical negligence trials during my pupillage, so I have been building up to this. But it’s still a major step. Fortunately the level of support I have received from other members of chambers, including the head of the set, has been fantastic,” Truelove tells Legal Cheek Careers.
Since he joined Kings Chambers as a third six pupil Truelove has been struck by the “involved” approach of his senior colleagues. “They want to see what you can do, and then help you to reach the next level. That translates into a really good balance between being on your feet in court developing practical advocacy skills and training exercises in chambers,” he says.