Leading Chancery set brings in solicitor as chief executive

Print This Post

8 July 2014

Fitzgerald: time for a change

Distinguished Chancery set Radcliffe Chambers has brought in a past chair of the Association of Women Solicitors as its chief executive, in the latest sign of chambers recognising the need for fresh thinking in how they operate.

Fiona Fitzgerald joins from Colemans-ctts, where she was a partner and had been a full-time manager for 12 years. Prior to that specialised in personal injury and legal expenses insurance work.

Radcliffe Chambers – created in 2006 by the merger of sets from 11 Old Square and 11 New Square – counts former Law Lords Lord Scott and Lord Browne-Wilkinson among its alumni. It is currently home to 44 barristers, making it one of the largest Chancery sets in the country.

Ms Fitzgerald told Legal Futures that she took the role as it was “time for a change and a new challenge”. She said Radcliffe was ready to grow and recognised the need to adapt to the “significant amount of change” facing the Bar, such as the rise of direct access.

Error, group does not exist! Check your syntax! (ID: 14)

“Knowing what clients and solicitors want is helpful,” she said, of what she brings to the role.

Ms Fitzgerald also has a well-documented interest in the impact of the Legal Services Act, and while saying she has not yet had the chance to review Radcliffe’s strategy, added: “There is a recognition that I have an interest in alternative methods of working.”

Head of chambers, Keith Rowley QC, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Fiona to chambers and look forward to working with her to continue our growth.”

Leave a comment

* Denotes required field

All comments will be moderated before posting. Please see our Terms and Conditions

Legal Futures Blog

The LSB’s proposals for legislative reform: let’s be clear

Caroline Wallace LSB

The publication of the Legal Services Board’s vision for legislative reform of legal services regulation on 12 September has generated a healthy level of interest and debate. This can, on the surface, seem a somewhat dry subject. However, it has an impact not just on existing regulated practitioners, but also on providers of legal services more generally, as well as everyone who uses or benefits from an effective legal sector. And, let’s face it, that’s all of us.

October 25th, 2016