Barristers chambers management structures and decision making

Many if not all sets in England and Wales operate very traditional approaches to Barristers chambers management structures and decision making.

Typically sets have:

  • Structures that are cumbersome and slow at taking decisions
  • Management committees comprise representatives of different practice areas or years call, rather than those with the appropriate skills
  • Chief Executives and other professionals to whom authority is not delegated – they have responsibility without authority.

The result is a business model that is not fit for purpose in a world in which Chambers are increasingly having to compete with firms of solicitors and in due course may face competition from new externally owned advocacy businesses.

A review of Chambers

When undertaking a review of Chambers we will:

  • Meet with members of staff and obtain a detailed understanding of the clerk’s room
  • Meet with most, if not all of the members
  • Attend a meeting of the Management Committee
  • Assess the set’s financial performance
  • Present our findings and recommendations to the members
  • Assist with implementing a new structure
  • Provide appropriate training and mentoring

Business benefits

The main benefits of such a review are a renewed sense of optimism and confidence.  Increased fees and progress in actually getting things done.  The creation of a chambers that is more attractive to new members and more likely to retain existing members.

Typically such a project can last two years from an initial review to the conclusion of the implementation phase.

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