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Barristers' chambers caught in specialisation furor

Melbourne barristers chambers are scuppering each others' claim to fame.

user iconKate Gibbs 15 October 2009 The Bar
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The New Lawyer reported yesterday that a new barristers' chambers, specialising in technology, engineering and construction, had opened in Melbourne. The chambers had claimed to be the first specialised chambers in Australia. It can now be revealed, however, that this is not the case. 

Lonsdale Chambers, also in Melbourne had, in fact, made the same claim in October 2007. At the time of opening, the Chambers said it was the first time a group of barristers who practice in broadly the same area have set up chambers together. 


A letter to the editor at The New Lawyer confirmed this point yesterday:

"We refer to your recent article regarding new specialist law chambers in Melbourne, noting they are 'the first specialised barristers' chambers in Australia'. 

Lonsdale Chambers has been operating as a specialist set of chambers since February 2007. We are a group of 17 barristers specialising in corporate insolvency law. Many of our members have been involved in most of the recent corporate collapses. 

Each barrister has maintained his/her clerk, but we share a floor in Londsdale Street so have created a highly collaborative specialist chambers with an extensive library and shared facilities."

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