Leading Civil Set Chambers expand to brand new offices
PUBLISHED: 16:28 22 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:35 20 February 2013
Exeter based Rougemont Chambers is the first business to move in to the prestigious new offices at Victory House, Dean Clarke Gardens conveniently located within the vicinity of the Exeter combined Court Centre
The leading civil set of barristers west of Bristol, Exeter based Rougemont Chambers is the first business to move in to the prestigious new offices at Victory House, Dean Clarke Gardens conveniently located within the vicinity of the Exeter combined Court Centre which incorporates the High and County Courts as well as the Crown Court.
Established in 1997, Rougemont Chambers now has several specialist teams including civil, employment, land, family, planning, mediation and criminal. The Chambers has relocated from their previously leased premises in Colleton Crescent which have since been converted into luxury apartments. The new offices now offer two conferencing rooms, a family room / library and also boast a mediation suite. This makes it the only set of Barristers in the region to be able to offer a dedicated mediation suite together with being able to provide mediators.
The Chambers was recommended in the prestigious The Legal 500 in 2009 and again in 2010 with Head of Chambers, Michael Berkley being described as a good commercial lawyer with common sense and the ability to apply the law to complex facts.
Michael Berkley says, The building gives us scope for growth in both our professional and our support teams. Chambers is delighted to be working in a period but completely modernised building and is very excited with plans to offer training seminars in our boardroom. In addition, the mediation facility should prove very useful in an era when the government is pressing for more and more mediation. The location so close to the court is proving very popular with both professional and lay clients because we can offer the opportunity for conferences prior to hearings in more comfortable surroundings than being huddled somewhere in the court building, often with a lack of privacy. Solicitors can always pop in on their way to or from court for a chat, a cup of coffee or simply the use of our wireless internet connection. In addition, as a leading Civil set offering our services under the Bar Councils Direct Public Access scheme, we are proud to be a local set of Chambers who are able to work directly with local businesses; being in the heart of the City will help us to further establish these links.
At the end of last year Michael Berkley was appointed as a Civil Recorder. One of only thirty nine appointed in the country as a whole Michael Berkley is one of only three members of the Western Circuit - the ancient body which represents barristers who practice in the South and South West of England. Michael continues his day to day practice from Rougemont Chambers as a barrister in the field of Chancery and Commercial law.
Frank Goddard, Head of Civil Litigation at WBW Solicitors says: Rougemont Chambers have now firmly established themselves as the leading Civil set west of Bristol; they are going from strength to strength and I wish Michael and his team every success in their new offices.