St Ives Chambers: A ‘modern and approachable set’ – Legal 500 2022

We were delighted to announce the appointment of our former Head of Chambers, Jeremy Weston QC, as a circuit judge in October 2021; offer our congratulations and thank him for his tireless service as Head of Chambers over the last six years. Our reputation as ‘an excellent Chambers that has gone from strength to strength’ (Chambers and Partners 2022), continues under the new Head of Chambers, Elizabeth Isaacs QC, who joined Chambers in 2006 and who is supported by Gregory Rogers as Deputy Head of Chambers.

St Ives continues to thrive in unprecedented times. The Legal 500 in particular, boasts 37 rankings across 6 practice areas, enjoying top tier ranking in Family Law (children and matrimonial finance), Social Housing, and Business and Regulatory Crime. We are proud that rankings cover the full spectrum of experience from silk (Elizabeth Isaacs QC) to thirty-three leading juniors and three rising stars, demonstrating the wealth of talent throughout Chambers. Included in this number is Peter Cooper, who sadly passed away in September 2021. Peter was a much-valued colleague and a wonderful advocate. He is greatly missed by all.

The Family Team is highlighted by Legal 500 as a ‘large and powerful presence in the Midlands’, with a wide range of expertise. The Social Housing Team are noted to ‘always go above and beyond’ and our Crime Team reflects the ‘strength throughout all levels of seniority’ in Chambers. Given the challenges that the last 18 months have brought, we are also particularly pleased that our clerks continue to be recognised for their unsurpassed levels of service.

Chambers is further proud of:

  • Legal directory Chambers and Partners 2022 rankings, including 26 members of Chambers ranked across 5 practice areas.
  • The appointments of Nicholas Allen QC and Ben Douglas-Jones QC as Deputy High Court Judges and William Douglas-Jones as Fee Paid Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal.
  • Chambers offer of tenancy to our three exceptional pupils.
  • At a time when many chambers are reducing the number of pupillages on offer, we have increased our offer from three to up four pupillages for 2022-2023.
  • Our continued commitment to Equality and Diversity through the implementation of the FreeBar Charter into all of our policies and practices.

Chambers continues to welcome applications from skilled and dedicated practitioners in our core practice areas.