2 Harcourt Buildings, the Chambers of the Robin Purchas QC, has announced that it has attracted four leading practitioners, expert in the fields of licensing and statutory regulation, to join the set. The four - Kevin de Haan QC, Gerald Gouriet, Mark Harris and James Rankin - join from 3 Raymond Buildings. Chambers has also taken on Harry Spurr from St John's Chambers, and Juan Lopez, who recently completed pupillage in Chambers; both command public law and licensing practices.
This leading public law, planning and environment set recently announced that it was to move to newly refurbished premises at Francis Taylor Building in the Temple.
The switch from the practice's current home at 2 Harcourt Buildings will be completed this autumn, and comes as part of a major development programme in chambers. The new accommodation will provide some 850 m2 over five floors.
Robin Purchas QC welcomed the new tenants:
‘We are delighted that this key team from 3 Raymond Buildings is to join us. It provides the opportunity for both teams to capitalise on our outstanding strengths and to consolidate our claim to be the leading Chambers in licensing, environmental, regulatory and related public law work. These areas are already part of our existing work and relate particularly well to our other new recruits, both of whom have established practices in licensing and related work in addition to other areas of local government and public law.
The news of these recruits fits well with our programme of expansion in our core professional areas, and is reinforced by our upcoming move to new premises. The latter will secure accommodation and facilities of a standard, which we feel strongly our clients should be able to expect from a professional practice.'