Move to court-side location will drive next phase of expansion for fast-growing chambers
A barristers’ chambers which was only founded two years ago is on the move to new premises with the space to support its ambitious growth plans.
Crown Chambers was set up in Hull by 10 founding members and has already more than quadrupled its head count with further recruitment to come.
The new home, a city centre Georgian property restored by Allenby Commercial, was acquired by Crown Chambers for its style, location and a fit out which supports their commitment to make careers in law more accessible by modernising the sector and promoting diversity.
Naomi Madderson, Head of Chambers and Barrister, said:
“The people who formed Crown Chambers chose Hull because it was felt there was a need to modernise the concept of a chambers generally and, being local practitioners, this galvanised us into creating one. In many ways the move symbolises a physical metaphor of the journey we have travelled as well as one which shows where we need to be.
“It is both significant and exciting for those who set up chambers; those who have joined since and those who are embarking on their future careers at Crown. It is important to create growth and to promote a new way of thinking that benefits professionals but importantly the clients we represent.”
Crown Chambers was the first new set of barristers’ chambers to be created in Hull in 65 years when it was set up in June 2020 at The Pathway, Bowlalley Lane, with the aim of chambers delivering an excellent service and refreshing approach.
The practice now comprises more than 30 members as well as four clerks and other support staff plus a growing number of pupils serving a client base which extends nationwide and embraces family law, court of protection, criminal law, civil law and regulatory law.
The new premises at 93-95 Alfred Gelder Street were acquired by Allenby Commercial in 2013 as a derelict shell. They have been renovated to provide modern, high-quality space in keeping with the rest of the Allenby Commercial portfolio, which includes the award-winning Danish Buildings and Bayles House and the Victorian retail haven of Paragon Arcade.
“We were on the lookout for a new building and we had seen a few but we were aware that this was coming on the market. Knowing how Allenby Commercial renovate properties, it was always going to be of interest.
“Once you walk in you get the open, fresh, innovative feel. I knew instantly it was the right building for us. The location could not be more convenient. It is right across the road from the Combined Court Centre and the space gives us the ability to keep growing.”
The move will also support Crown Chambers’ plans for more in-house training as it strives to build on achievements which include recognition in renowned publications Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. Other accolades have come with shortlisting for the clerking team in the Family Law Awards and nominations in other national awards schemes.
“We are committed to increasing excellence in advocacy alongside equality and opportunities for all under-represented groups. We want to create more enrichment in Hull. We feel it is a strength of the city ultimately to have people who are representative of the public they serve.
“We work with local law firms and local authorities and count ourselves fortunate that they have supported us in this journey which is a testament to the professionalism of the people who work here and the strong relationships we have formed with people in this city.”
Charlie Allenby, Development Manager at Allenby Commercial, said 93-95 Alfred Gelder Street was bought as an opportunity to create a property which would be sought after for its combination of historic features plus modern touches which include a first-floor city garden.
“We secured a tenant as soon as the work was completed and, as they outgrew the building, we were approached by Crown Chambers. We’ve always held the view that the property would make the ideal headquarters for an ambitious, expanding business and we’re confident Crown Chambers will thrive here. They certainly couldn’t have found a more convenient location!”
Pictured outside the new Crown Chambers building are Naomi Madderson, Head of Chambers and Barrister (centre) and barristers Gaynor Hall and David Godfrey.