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Satellite chambers

Andrew Towler finds out why more and chambers are opening up regional annexes outside London

7 October 2005

With concerns over access to justice for the public mounting and the growing problem of ‘advice deserts’, there is solace to be had in knowing that some chambers still maintain other offices across England and Wales. Usually called annexes or satellites, these second homes give both barristers and clients an alternative venue to conduct business without the need to head to the capital. We look at six examples of chambers with these ‘satellites’ and their varying levels of success, how they operate and what purpose they each serve.

One King’s Bench Walk

Based: Temple, London

Other office: Lewes, East Sussex

Leading set One King’s Bench Walk (KBW) has historically sourced a large proportion of its criminal work from East Sussex and the surrounding area and still gets 80 per cent of its work in this field from the region. Administrator Jud Lisette says that all the barristers are “officially based in London but tw...

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