Barristers’ chambers commits to another decade at city centre base

Exchange Chambers has agreed a new ten-year lease in Leeds.

The full-service barristers’ chambers occupies 7,500 sq ft at Oxford House, Oxford Row, close to the Law Courts. It first opened in Leeds in 2010.

Senior clerk Ian Spencer has overseen Exchange Chambers’ progress in Leeds over the last decade. He said: “We are delighted to agree a new, long-term lease in Leeds.

“Since opening our Leeds Chambers in 2010, we’ve developed every aspect of the business. Bringing on board quality barristers across a broad spectrum of practice areas and at varying levels of seniority has been the key to our progress so far.

“Our Leeds Chambers now has over 30 members across all the main practice areas such as crime, personal injury, commercial, insolvency, employment and regulatory.

“We’ve also branched out into some very specialist areas such as competition law.”

News of its long-term commitment to Leeds follows on from Exchange Chambers agreeing a new ten-year lease in Manchester.

“Agreeing new ten-year leases in both Leeds and Manchester demonstrates our confidence in the future of the regional bar,” said Exchange Chambers Chief Executive, Jonathan I’Anson.

“Moving forward, remote working will become increasingly commonplace at the Bar. Our decision to retain the same amount of space factors this in and allows for future growth.

“All our offices are also equipped with the latest technology platforms required for remote hearings.”

Exchange Chambers says it has adapted all its offices in line with Government-led Covid-19 guidelines, to ensure social distancing and hygiene precautions are implemented across all work spaces.

I’Anson added: “Barristers, staff and clients can feel totally safe working or meeting in Chambers whenever they feel comfortable to do so.”