5RB: arrivals and departure

Tenancy moves and new recruitment

5RB today announces that it has recruited Chloe Strong and Felicity McMahon from pupillage, the departure of Gordon Bishop after 44 years of practice and the redesignation of Patrick McCafferty and Professor Tony Smith as Associate Members of chambers.

5RB is pleased to announce that Chloe Strong and Felicity McMahon have both been recruited as tenants of chambers following successful completion of their pupillages. During the course of their pupillages Chloe and Felicity have been exposed to the full range of chambers work and supervised by Matthew Nicklin and Jonathan Barnes and Adam Wolanski and Jacob Dean respectively. Joint head of 5RB Desmond Browne QC said that 5RB was delighted that Chloe and Felicity had completed pupillage with ‘flying colours’ and wished them every success as tenants, commencing on 1 October 2012.

Gordon Bishop is leaving 5RB after 44 years of practice. Gordon joined Queen Elizabeth Building as 5RB was then, moving to South Square and then to 5 Raymond Buildings. Throughout his time in chambers Gordon appeared in a number of high profile cases in a wide variety of areas, including media and internet litigation, commercial and intellectual property disputes. Latterly Gordon has also worked as a CEDR accredited mediator.

5RB Joint Head of Chambers Mark Warby QC said:

5RB is sorry to be losing one of our most senior members who has contributed generously to the success of chambers over a long period of time. Gordon will be missed by his friends and colleagues at 5RB.’

Gordon will continue to practise as a barrister and mediator away from 5RB. Details of how to contact Gordon are available from the 5RB clerking team.

Patrick McCafferty, who was a member of chambers between 2008 and 2010 and has since been based in Australia where he practises media and commercial law, is taking up Associate Membership of 5RB. Patrick continues to accept instructions related to his UK practice through 5RB.

Professor Tony Smith who is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Government Relations) at Victoria University of Wellington and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Public Law, has also become an Associate Member of 5RB. Professor Smith continues to accept instructions in relation to his UK practice through 5RB.