After sharing a turbulent current historical past of exits, barristers chambers Four-5 Grey’s Inn Sq. is merging with housing and native authorities specialist Arden Chambers.

Arden denied the merger following questions from Authorized Enterprise earlier at this time (21 September), earlier than publishing a press release a number of hours later confirming the merger from 1 October. The brand new set will initially be often known as Four-5 Grey’s Inn Sq. incorporating Arden Chambers.

Current senior follow supervisor at Arden, Emily Martin, will proceed to handle Arden’s work on the merged set, which might be primarily based at Four-5 Grey’s Inn Sq.’s workplaces.

In response to Four-5 Grey’s Inn Sq.’s web site, the set has 54 tenants, whereas Arden Chambers has 33. Each units specialize in native authorities work, whereas Four-5 Grey’s Inn Sq. boasts additional capabilities in media, IP and sport, in addition to arbitration and litigation.

The mixture has been met with little shock in Bar circles, with each units affected by notable departures in current occasions. Final 12 months, Four-5 Grey’s Inn Sq. misplaced public legislation barristers Richard Clayton QC and Lee Parkhill to Seven Bedford Row (7BR).

In June this 12 months, Arden Chambers misplaced civil and public legislation barrister Clare Cullen to Area Court docket Chambers. Cullen, who focuses on housing, property and native authorities, has appeared within the Supreme Court docket, Excessive Court docket and Court docket of Enchantment. Fellow public legislation barrister Alexander Campbell additionally left Arden Chambers for Area Court docket Chambers this 12 months, making the change in April.

Four-5 Grey’s Inn Sq. has kind for mergers, with the set combining with fellow public legislation outfit Atlas Chambers in 2013. It was the same story 5 years in the past, with the merger following a swathe of barrister exits, notably a 24-strong workforce that left for 39 Essex Avenue.

Atlas director John Lister and a workforce of eight barristers made the change to Four-5 Grey’s Inn Sq. in 2013.